I figured I’m probably not the only one who has trouble falling asleep at night, so I wanted to share some tips and sleep hacks that can help you fall asleep faster and sleep better throughout the night, because sleep is so important and I definitely want all of us to be getting enough sleep.
1. First off: it’s so important to exercise regularly because when you do, you give your body a chance to use up all of its energy so that you’re super tired at night.
2. At least four hours before bed, make sure you cut out caffeine, food, and exercise because all of those are very stimulating and can keep you from falling asleep.
3. At least an hour before bed, stop working and start winding down. Turn off all your electronics and stop looking at screens. That blue light that comes from screen can stimulate your brain and keep you awake. But if you must use your phone or tablet, turn on night mode where it filters out that blue light so you can browse before bed.
4. This next one is a major one that I encourage you all to try. This is called the “Sleep Cocktail” by Tim Ferriss. What you do is: you take 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of honey, and mix those two with hot water and have this drink before bed. Apple cider vinegar and honey are both natural remedies for insomnia and this drink will just knock you out.
5. Another of my favorite ways to fall asleep is to listen to meditations on YouTube. A good one is by Deepak Chopra and is called “The Secret of Healing”. That one is my all-time favorite one to listen to. It’s just very calming and soothing. I also feel like I’m ingraining some wisdom in my brain as I’m falling asleep.
Another one that I will listen to when I’m more desperate to fall asleep is Deepak Chopra’s sleep meditation. That meditation is the one you wanna listen to if you truly want to knock out and knock out fast. Once you do that meditation with him, you will notice your body just drifting and I’ve never made it through this whole meditation without falling asleep first.
6. If you can’t sleep because of jet lag, then melatonin can help you reset your body clock. Melatonin is a natural hormone your body creates more of in the evening when it’s ready to go to sleep. I’d be mindful of the dosage, though, because most doctors say that 0.3 milligrams is enough, even though stores sell pills of much higher doses. I personally would just take a quarter of a pill, if so. This is something that you don’t really want to overdo.
7. You can also try some easy yoga poses and stretch out your body before bed. This is a great way to just relax, unwind, and destress so you can get a good night’s sleep.
8. Lavender is known for its sleep-inducing properties so try using a couple drops of lavender essential oil to sooth your senses before bed. You can even rub some essential oil onto your pillow to help you sleep better.
9. Weighted blankets act as deep touch therapy and are popular for treating insomnia and anxiety. I don’t exactly have a weighted blanket, but I always sleep with two blankets because that extra weight is very comforting, like a warm hug. The pressure of weighted blankets help relax your nervous system and helps you feel grounded and safe. Also, sleeping in antibacterial bed sheets is a good option.
I hope you liked these tips to help you sleep better.