Did you know that struggling to fall asleep is one of the most common issues we face as a society? Even if we manage to get to sleep, it’s common to have trouble staying asleep. If you’re reading this article, we’re going to assume that you fall into one, or both, of these categories. So today, we’ll be sharing some simple strategies you can use to help improve your sleep.
Create A Relaxing Environment
Your inability to fall asleep may have more to do with your environment than your internal clock, so the first thing you’re going to want to do is to create a relaxing environment. The way your bedroom is set up is a matter of personal preference, so we won’t dig too deeply into that. However, the addition of an essential oil diffuser can be greatly beneficial if you struggle with getting to sleep.
Our sense of smell is powerful and can play a significant role in how we feel in any given place. Because of this, you can utilize scents like lavender (which has been shown to have a calming effect) to boost your ability to get some shut-eye. You can diffuse a range of other scents during the day, and you can even get blends designed specifically to help you drift off if lavender isn’t your thing. The possibilities are endless.
Try Some Guided Meditation
One of the main reasons we often find it hard to fall asleep is an inability to turn our brains off after a long day. Guided meditation can be helpful as it provides assistance with quieting your mind. Not only will meditating help you catch some z’s, but it can also be beneficial for your overall sense of well-being.
Listen To An EBook
If meditation isn’t your thing, listening to an e-book could be just what the doctor ordered. Because we’re naturally wired to become absorbed in stories, the gentle narration of a tale that interests you will help calm any racing thoughts you may have.
It’s quite hard to be worried about the next day when you’re caught up in the world of your book. Most apps also come with a sleep timer, so once you work out how long it takes you to drift off using this tactic, you can set things up so you don’t miss any important plot points.
Have A Nice Warm Shower
Another great way to help get a better night’s sleep is to start showering in the evening. The warmth of the water will help release any physical tension you may be carrying, and washing away the mental stress of the day can help your brain shift into a more restful state.
Change Your Bed Linen Weekly
While next to nobody actually enjoys making a bed, keeping your bed linen fresh and clean has been proven to be beneficial for sleep. Not only will your bed feel nicer, but you’ll also be able to rest easy knowing that you’re in a clean and hygienic sleeping environment.
This feeling of crisp cleanliness is obviously at its peak on the day you actually change your sheets. There’s truly nothing as wonderful as a nice fresh bed, but as long as you’re changing those sheets regularly, you’ll still get the benefits.
Do you have any go-to methods that help you get a good night’s sleep? Share them in the comments so that others can give them a go!