7 Tricks for Falling Asleep
We all struggle with sleep at times, but the good news is that in most cases, your insomnia can be controlled with a few easy tricks. Here are seven tricks toward achieving the type of deep, blissful sleep you dream about!
Count In Multiples
Counting sheep is one option – but counting in multiples is probably an even better one. Start from zero and count up in multiples of three. Even if you’re a world-class mathematician, eventually your brain will become strained by the challenge of computing large numbers, which will result in fatigue (and sleep!)
Recall the Day’s Events
Challenge your mind to remember the events that transpired earlier in the day. Start from the moment you woke up. What did you have for breakfast? How did you start your day at work? To whom was first person you talked? Try to recall every minute detail of your day until you feel your eyelids getting heavier.
Read a Book
If your eyes feel weightless, still vigorous from the day’s events, tire them out with some light reading. Dive into a book or magazine and read until fatigue inevitably sets in. This is hardly a novel idea (no pun intended), and yet, some might not recognize that reading is one of the best ways to fall asleep.
Practice Deep Breathing
Can’t fall asleep? Take a deep breath – you’ll reach your REM cycle in no time! Sleep experts say that taking slow, deep breaths signals to your body that it’s safe to relax. Yoga and mediation can help you improve your breathing pattern at night, and throughout the day.
Exercise During the Day
Exercise is associated with a number of benefits, including weight loss and disease prevention, but not everyone recognizes how much it enhances your ability to fall asleep. If your body doesn’t expend any energy during the day, it won’t feel always the need to rest at night.
Some foods contain ingredients that bring on sleep. Walnuts in particular are good sleep aids because they have tryptophan, a sleep-enhancing amino acid famously found in turkey. Other foods that can help you fall asleep – for one of many reasons – include almonds, crackers, rice and non-sugary cereals.
Tuck Away Technology
Smartphones, televisions and computers are among the biggest culprits when it comes to insomnia. The bright lights emanating from the screens stimulate your brain, tricking it into believing it’s not ready for bed. Tuck away your gadgets at least an hour before you tuck in the sheets to help settle your mind.