Wednesday, September 4, 2013

How to Fall Asleep in Three... Two... zZzZzzz

For some, falling asleep is as easy as one, two, and three. For others, it may take hours before they are able to actually fall asleep. If you are part of the latter group, here are some tricks to try in order to make it easier for you to fall asleep in the near future. If you don't see any changes after trying these tricks for a few weeks, you may have to see a medical professional to diagnose your sleeping problems.

1. Maintain a consistent routine
I can't stress this highly enough. You must follow a regular sleeping routine. All of us have something called a circadian rhythm. It is basically another word for our body clock. If you sleep early one night and sleep later the other, you are going to get your body all confused and you will never be able to sleep whenever you want to. Let's say you are a student and you are about to go full-time. Well, those late hours of procrastinating while you were still a student won't do you any good. You have to start sleeping earlier and stick with that habit.

2. Get cozy
Many people underestimate how important it is that you are as cozy as possible. This doesn't necessarily mean you have to invest in an expensive memory foam mattress. Some people may prefer hard mattress or are perfectly fine with spring mattresses. In terms of coziness, you have to pay attention to several factors like the room temperature, your body position, and the clothe you wear. You would be surprised by how much of a difference it can make if you sleep naked (of course, only if you are comfortable with it).

3. Environment
The level of coziness isn't the only thing you have to focus on. You also have to pay attention to the environment. Go back in time and see if you notice anything that really bothers you whenever you try and fall asleep? Is it the intense streetlight outside? Is it the never-ending night traffic? Identify the problem and fix it. For example, invest in heavy-duty curtains if it is the light that is bothering you. Invest in earplugs if the noise pollution is driving you crazy.

4. Brain intensive activity
If you have been tumbling around your bed all night, you should simply get up and do an activity that will drain your brain away. Some people like to do it the good old way by reading a book. Unfortunately, that hasn't really worked well for me in the past. Identify your favorite nighttime activity and use it as a way to make you tired. I like to game.

5. Stay hydrated throughout the day
Nothing much to say here but it is important that you keep your body well-hydrated. You wouldn't want to shrivel up like a dry fruit after you fall asleep!

6. Keep yourself busy all day
This is pretty much an extension of point four. Don't just sit there and do nothing all day. Do something that will make your body feel exhausted. Most recommend that you don't do sports just before you sleep but this doesn't really apply to everyone. I find that I am able to fall asleep really quickly after some high-intensity exercise and a nice, warm shower.

7. Maintain personal hygiene
Last but not least, maintain great personal hygiene. Don't forget to brush your teeth every day to avoid diseases and conditions like canker sores. You would be surprised by how much of an impediment sensitive tooth is to your sleeping habits. The healthier you are, the easier it is to fall asleep. By the way, if you ever wondered why you parents are able to fall asleep so easily then this is why. As you get older, your sleeping patterns begin to change. Not only do you fall asleep earlier, you also end up waking up a lot earlier.

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