You’re finally done for the day and your head hits the pillow and… nothing. Sleep eludes you, but it doesn’t make sense – you’re so tired! An hour passes and you are still up, tossing and turning. It is the absolute worst!
Here are some tips that will help you relax and get to sleep faster.
Decrease Your Caffeine Intake
If you have a coffee or any other caffeine after 3pm, you might regret it later. Instead, opt for a caffeine-free pick-me-up such as chilled herbal tea when the afternoon blahs hit.
Reduce Your Stress
Stress is one of the biggest enemies of healthy sleep. Make decisions that will lighten your load, and be sure to give yourself some down time each day, even if it’s only for a short period of time.
Control Your Thoughts
Left to their own devices, your thoughts can resemble a runaway train; try not to let them take over. If your thoughts are spiralling off into a negative direction, bring yourself back to a more positive and relaxing place. Try meditating (even if only for 5 minutes), deep breathing exercises, or aromatherapy to draw you back to a positive mindset.
Stick To A Schedule
Our bodies work best when we keep a consistent schedule. If you go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day, your body will anticipate and crave the sleep. Setting up a sleep routine will also help your body keep to a rhythm to help you sleep.
Let It Go
When you’re having trouble getting to sleep, the worst thing you can do is stress about it. Don’t count the hours that you have left until you have to go to work, or run through your to-do list. Close your eyes and try to visualize a giant eraser wiping your mind clean, and see if that helps.
If it’s 3:30am and you’re still wide awake, you know that tomorrow is going to be rough, but if you start to practice good sleep habits on a daily basis, you won’t have to endure the sleepless nights forever.