Ah, sleep. For many, we look forward to this blissful feeling each and every day, but once it becomes time to hit the pillow, we have some problems actually dozing off. If this is you, know that you’re not alone. As it turns out, about 60 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders or deprivation.
That’s a lot of people who may wake up stiff, cranky, and upset. Sleep is incredibly important for each of our daily functions, and without it, some of us may turn into people we don’t even recognize. So to stay as healthy and as happy as possible, we’ve created some easy ways to get you to slip into slumber.
Focus on your breathing
A huge culprit behind not being able to sleep is having your mind race at a mile a minute. To bypass this, focus on your breathing instead of all the thoughts running in your head. Our favorite tip is to breathe through one nostril at a time to regulate breathing and to feel relaxed.
Get up and do something
We know this sounds counter-intuitive, but if you’re having problems going to sleep you should get out of bed and go do something for about 10 minutes. This way, you’ll get out of bed and you’ll immediately release all the feelings of anxiety you have when tossing and turning. Try reading a book or doing some light yoga to ease your mind and get back to being calm.
Heat therapy can be an incredibly useful in fixing insomnia issues. Heat is instantly calming, and when used with aromatherapy, you’ll feel blissful in no time. There are plenty of products that you can use in your bed to feel relaxed, from aromatherapy neck pillows to a heated shoulder wrap. We’re especially big fans of heated neck pillows as they release tension in your neck and ease headaches.
Keep the phone away
We know how tempting it is to scroll through your social media feeds right before sleeping, but the blue light emitted from your phone causes your brain to go into overdrive. Try to keep the phones and e-readers as far away from your bed as possible for at least an hour before you want to doze off. If you have to use technology, turn the light down all the way or see if your gadget has a specialty feature to use at nighttime.
Go ahead and try all these tips and prepare yourself for the best night sleep you’ve ever had. Sweet dreams!