3 Helpful Tips to Fall Asleep Easier at Night
By: Jenn Moss
Do you have trouble getting to sleep each night? If so, you are not alone. 1 in 3 people does not get enough sleep each night. Catching those coveted Z’s is not just about getting that beauty sleep. Getting adequate sleep helps us focus, provides energy and allows your body and mind time to restore. Not sleeping for a prolonged period can have detrimental effects on your overall health, including increased anxiety and depression.
The good thing is that there are many sleep aids and tips that you can help you achieve that full night's rest you are longing for.
Let us talk about these three:
1. Put the Phone Down
Unfortunately as a society, we are addicted to our phones. Do you find that you spend hours scrolling before bed? Most people do, but this habit may be keeping you from getting adequate rest. While we like to use our phones to stay connected to friends and family, you may want to try putting your phone in a different room an hour before you go to sleep. Alternatively, if you need it for an alarm, place your phone on the opposite side of your room away from your reach.
2. Try a Consumable Sleep Aid — Melatonin
Melatonin is a hormone that your brain produces when met with darkness. It is released to help you go to sleep at night, and keep your circadian rhythm in check. That is why darkness is helpful at night, and refraining from excess light (such as that of your phone), can help you get to sleep faster. If your body struggles with melatonin production, you may want to consider trying the supplement Melatonin, to help guide you into a deep sleep without any of the negative side effects of sleeping medication.
3. Wind Down Early
Start your night routine earlier on in the evening instead of rushing to do it all at once. Pour yourself a glass of wine, take a bubble bath, read a couple of chapters of your favorite book, and get your most comfortable PJs. Do whatever you need to do to allow your body time to relax and come down from your day. So often when we can not sleep, we are filled with anxiety and stress. Reduce those feelings before you step into bed, and you might find that sleep is a lot more easeful.