Tips for Getting to Sleep Faster
Imagine laying in bed, staring at the ceiling, physically tired but unable to sleep. Time ticks by and you can’t help but imagine the hours of sleep you’re losing because your brain won’t sleep. We’ve all been there. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to increase your chance of falling asleep quickly.
Have an established night ritual
Establishing a night ritual is key to getting to sleep quickly. By choosing a specific bedtime, you train your mind and body when to expect bedtime. As you adapt, hormones will be released that will help you feel tired. Your body loves routine, so give it a try!
Turn off electronics
Even though you can fall asleep in front of the television, it’s the last thing that will help you fall asleep faster. The blue light emitted from electronics can inhibit the release of melatonin, slowing your path toward sleep. The best thing to do is to keep electronics out of the bedroom, as well as setting a specific time to turn off said electronics. Giving your mind a break and time for you to begin melatonin production which will help you sleep better.
Picking the right bedding
Your bedding plays a much more important role when it comes to sleeping than you'd think. Temperature is a huge deciding factor of how well your body & brain will recover whilst you sleep. If your too hot, you'll struggle to get into a deep sleep (Stage 3 NREM), like-wise if you are too cold. That's why it's important to get bedding that temperature-regulating & keeps you at an optimal temperature all night. Our Luxury Bamboo Series sheets are a great example, they are made from Bamboo and they are sewn in a special way that makes them great at regulating temperature.
Don't eat too close to bedtime
Eating too close to bedtime can be a nightmare for your body. Food is difficult to digest while you sleep, leading to bloating and discomfort. It can also interfere with your sleep hormones. Try to avoid large meals 2-3 hours before bedtime.
Sometimes the inability to sleep is caused your body feeling a little restless. Maybe you just can seem to get comfortable. A great solution is doing a few stretches before bedtime. No need to do anything complicated, but bending over to touch your toes, stretching your arms up over your head, and stretching your neck can be a great help.
Play classical music or a noise machine
If you lay in bed with thoughts running around your head, it’s possible you just need something neutral for your brain to focus on. Try turning on a noise machine or some classical music. Sounds of waves crashing or a violin playing can lull you off to sleep.
Sometimes the quickest way to sleep is to slow your mind and your heart rate. This can be accomplished through breathing exercises. One of the most effective is the 4-7-8 method.
- Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4
- Hold that breath for a count of 7
- Exhale for a count of 8
This counts as one breath. Repeat and feel yourself get sleepy.
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