If you’re having trouble sleeping at night or trouble falling asleep, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans report having sleeping problems. There are a few simple things you can do or change to help yourself fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Here is some advice on getting a more restful night’s sleep.
- Eliminate as much stress as possible before bedtime.
Make sure any homework or uncompleted tasks are taken care of. Tossing and turning because things are hanging over your head is completely preventable. Make sure the apartment is quiet and if it isn’t then turn on some music or white noise (or barter and beg with your roommate).
- Create an inviting bedroom. Invest in some nice sheets! Make your bed feel like a treat at the end of the day!
- Turn the TV off as soon as you can in the evenings. If you can, put away all electronics. If it’s hard to kick the habit or it helps you fall asleep, there are apps that will help take the blue light out of the screen. Here’s an app that helps reduce that blue light that keeps your brain stimulated.
- Avoid heavy foods and caffeine and substitute for healthier things. If you’re hungry, go for something like toast and almond butter or a handful of cherries (which are naturally sleep inducing).
- Extra help. If you’ve tried all kinds of ticks of the trade to try and fall asleep but nothing really works, try lavender- an all-natural way to help your brain settle down and fall asleep faster. Spray a lavender essential oil on your pillows and snooze away!
Sleep doesn’t have to be a stressful thing. Create an inviting bedroom, avoid things that hinder rather than help, and try some things like lavender to help you out.