Falling asleep is something we do naturally. But there are times when it just takes too long and we spend what seems like forever tossing and turning in bed, counting the ever slowing seconds as they pass. It’s not fun!
So if counting sheep doesn’t work (and it never has for me) then check out these ways to fall asleep fast.
Turn off all the lights
That means every single light.
So if you use an alarm clock, cover it up.
If your phone charger or anything else has even the smallest light on it, cover it up.
The same goes for that small light on the front of your television.
The closer you can get to complete darkness, the better.
Temperature is one of the variables in how fast we get to sleep.
The trouble is that the outside temperature often fluctuates which, in turn, affects the heating or air conditioning.
So you’re sleeping in a room that’s maybe several degrees different from last night’s temperature – not good as our body is a creature of habit and prefers consistency.
Adjust your thermostat and make sure that your bedroom is at a lower temperature than the rest of the house if you want to get a decent night’s rest fast.
Slow down before bed time
Our mind doesn’t stop instantly.
It’s more like a supertanker – it needs time to slow down.
Which is why it’s not a good idea to go to your emails or Facebook or wherever “one last time” before you go to sleep. You’re waking your mind up and you’ll pay for that for an hour or so before your mind slows down enough again to let you fall asleep.
Reading a book or a magazine – real ones, not ones on electronic devices like Kindles – is OK and can be a good way to help you unwind. It’s why we tell children bedtime stories and they often fall asleep sooner that way.
Which means that you might consider listening to a book – especially if you’ve bought one of those high tech pillows with speakers built into them.
Take a bath
A nice warm bath is a good way to help you relax.
If you haven’t got a bath then a warm shower will work in the same way, it’s just not quite as relaxing because most of us shower standing up.
Listen to a relaxation MP3
There are lots of different relaxation MP3s available.
Some are just peaceful sounds such as a camp fire burning or ocean waves gently breaking over a beach.
Others are guided meditations which will lead you gently into a more relaxed state.
Yet others have special tones such as binaural beats embedded which help your brain go into the same state that it would during regular sleep. No drugs or pills involved – simply a few tones that you likely won’t even notice.
Or you could use a hypnosis track – most people feel fairly sleepy when they’re hypnotised, so using a purpose recorded track can build on that and help you to fall asleep fast.