Sleepy? Try These Sleep-Inducing Tips
By Genevieve Cunningham
It’s rare to meet a person who actually gets enough sleep. In our busy world, sleep is something that we all miss out on. Unfortunately, this lack of rest is doing a number on our health. From anxiety to weight issues to trouble with digestion, a lack of sleep can significantly harm our well-being. So what can we do? If you need to get a little more sleep in your life, take a look at these effective tips.
Get Cozy and Warm
It’s hard to sleep when the body is uncomfortable. This is especially true if you’re feeling cold or are on hard edges. To make sleep finally find you, turn down the temperature in your room, and then surround yourself with pillows and blankets. This will soften your sleeping area and also keep you warm without allowing it to get too hot. The cozier you feel, the more likely your body will be able to relax into a deep sleep.
Minimize All Light
We’re very used to light in today’s world. Whether it’s the overhead light, a TV, a computer, or a phone, we almost always have some sort of light glaring us in the face. If you want to sleep well, it’s imperative that you get rid of some of this harsh light. Turn off as many lights as you can, and get used to sleeping in the dark. The darker the room, the easier it is for the brain to make the switch from day to night and finally fall asleep.
Settle Your Nerves
If nerves are your problem, there are multiple ways to calm them in order to let you sleep. Start with something warm to drink. A hot tea or cocoa or even a decaf coffee can calm the nerves and help you drift off. If you need more, try watching something that is relaxing and happy and settles worries in your mind. Lastly, if all else fails, try taking a walk around the house. Sometimes getting up and moving about can calm anxiety and slow the constant flow of thoughts through the mind.
Though it often feels like an impossible task, getting more sleep may be a real possibility in your life. Use these tips to improve your chances, relax the body, and drift you off into dreamland. With a little more rest, you’ll probably find better mental and physical health for years to come.
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