Safe, Effective, and Natural Ways to Fall Asleep
Sleep better for longer without pills or prescriptions. There are dozens of prescription and over-the-counter sleep aids that you can help you drift off faster and stay snoozing for longer. The effectiveness of these sleep aids varies, but what is universal is that they all make it harder to sleep without them. The longer you rely on them, the more you will come to depend on them to get the rest you need.
It’s always preferable to rely on natural ways to fall asleep instead. That way you don’t compromise or complicate your natural sleep cycle, potentially putting your overall health at risk. Luckily, there are a lot of them that actually work. Try these the next time you’re struggling to get some sleep:
Babies, of course, love to be rocked as they fall asleep, and people have been shown to fall asleep faster when lying in a softly swinging hammock. To mimic this motion, try sitting in a rocking chair for a while before getting into bed.
Listening to soft, calming music as you are drifting off can help you to relax at bedtime. Just make sure your selection doesn’t have any jarring sections and is set to turn off after you’ve fallen asleep.
Counting sheep works better if you count backward. It forces you to concentrate more on the numbers, which can help take your mind off the distractions and worries that are keeping you up.
Tension built up in your muscles over the course of the day could be what’s sabotaging your sleep. Before bed, practice 15 minutes of light yoga – shoulder and neck rolls, back and arm stretches, etc. Loosening up your body before bed makes it easier to sink into sleep. If more members of your family or friends need to helping to get to sleep, ask them to join!
Drink Cherry Juice
Caffeine and alcohol can keep you up. Cherry juice, by contrast, contains high levels of melatonin which the body uses to regulate sleep cycles. Try drinking a small glass of tart cherry juice twice a day.
It just makes sense that you would have trouble sleeping if you’re going to bed with too much energy. Practice regular aerobic exercise to help fatigue yourself in a natural way. Just be sure to finish your exercises long before you plan to sleep so that your heart is not racing as you lie in bed.
Following a regular sleep schedule can help train your body to tune down and turn off at night. Try to sleep and wake at the same times every day, even if you feel especially exhausted one night or have the opportunity to sleep in on the weekend.
For more sleep tips, check out this related post: “Life Hacks – How to Improve the Quality of Your Sleep.”
A Beloit Mattress Leads to Great Sleep
Something very important is missing from the list above – your mattress. If the one you sleep on is old and uncomfortable, dirty and smelly, or possibly even bad for your health, it’s only going to make it harder to get to sleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Lying on a quality mattress is one of the essential natural ways to fall asleep.
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