How to Get to Sleep Faster

How to Get to Sleep Faster

No one likes to get into the bed and then spend the next few hours struggling to fall asleep. It can be so frustrating to know you need to sleep – and yet each time you look at the clock, another hour or two has gone by. Don’t you hate it when you dread the night and it is actually a relief to get out of bed because it means the bad night is over?

You can stop dreading the process of trying so hard to sleep and start falling asleep fast by checking your bedtime ritual to see if you are doing anything that is causing you to miss out on those all-important Zzzs.

Could you be setting yourself up for sleep failure? If you are camped out in front of the computer right before bed, you are stimulating your brain by reading the news, chatting with others, checking out your social media sites or playing your favorite game.

Shut off the computer a couple of hours before you go to bed and the same thing with the television. Do not watch anything that upsets or frightens you before bed. Stay away from the family gossip that might bug you when you are planning to try to get to sleep.

You cannot do anything about your cousin/sister’s/brother’s/uncle/aunt’s actions anyway. Avoid drinking anything alcoholic before bed because it will keep you awake – and the same goes for caffeine.

Get your room dark – and if you do not have a way to get the room completely dark, then put on a sleep mask. It is the same situation with noise. Get rid of the noise – and if you can’t, use a white machine or soothing music to drown out the annoying intrusion.

If you have a habit of sleeping with a pet, boot them out of the room. Pets wake us repeatedly during the night by jumping on the bed, by growling or kicking in their sleep or by waking up and turning around.

If you have a cat, you know how much fun it can be to wake up in the middle of the night to a cat digging claws into your blankets. Do not make it a habit to sleep with kids in the bed, either. You need your rest and so do they.

Because your mind is going to run ninety miles an hour over what you have to take care of the next day, write it down on a list to look at in the morning. This frees your mind from worries.

Set up a bedtime ritual. Make these simple steps that you do to prepare for bed. For example, an hour before bed, take a warm bath and then dress in comfortable pajamas. Half an hour before bed, have some warm milk or a cup of chamomile tea.

Read a chapter in a soothing book with a soft light then head off to bed. There is also something to be said for counting sheep. The repetitive, boring counting is what quiets your mind and lulls you to sleep.

Some people have alarm anxiety – they toss and turn when they know they have to get up early. If you are one of those people, stop placing the clock where you can see what time it is.