For as long as I can remember I’ve always had trouble falling asleep. One problem is that I’m a night owl, so I love staying up late to begin with. But when it’s time to lay my head on the pillow, I always seem to toss and turn for over an hour until I can actually pass out. Finally, I’ve discovered some routines that not only help me fall asleep so much faster, but they also help me sleep so much better! Win win! Keep reading to discover my 5 best tips on how to fall asleep faster!
Stretch and breathe. Doing some simple stretches or yoga poses (such as touching my toes or child’s pose) with some slow, deep breaths really puts me in a zen mode. I used to just jump straight into bed and try to fall asleep. Doing some stretches is a quick and easy way to relax my muscles, slow down my breathing, and prepare my body for a good night’s sleep. If you don’t want to stretch, just sit on the floor with your legs crossed and do a simple breathing exercise. Take a large inhale in for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, and then release a large exhale for 5 seconds. Repeat several times.
Put the phone away and read a book. This is SO hard – I know! If I’m having trouble falling asleep, I always think, I’ll just scroll through Instagram for five minutes. Which turns into 15 minutes. Which turns into 45 minutes. And oh, I’m wide awake again. Put that thing away. Social media is done for the day. It can wait for tomorrow. What will really help calm you down more than any IG post is a great book. I love reading recently keep making the excuse that I’m too busy to read a book. Seriously? There is always time to read a chapter or even just several pages before you get to bed. Getting lost in a good book is the best feeling ever. When you can take your mind to a different place, even if just for a little bit, and it makes it that much easier to fall asleep faster.
Tea. I’m not sure why, but heading down to my kitchen late at night with the dim lights on and a teapot on the stove heating up water is a very relaxing ambience for me. Think about it: dim lights, quiet whistle of the teapot, choosing a favorite mug to use. It’s little things that help focus on winding down my day instead of my crazy to-do list that improve my bedtime mindset. My recommendation of a wonderful tea is Tetley’s Dream tea. This is one of THE yummiest flavored teas I’ve ever had. They have a variety of flavors, but Dream is my choice before bed. Seriously – this alone is how I can fall asleep faster.
Cut the caffeine. As you may have noticed, the tea I drink is caffeine free. I try to stop drinking any caffeinated drinks after 7pm. For the longest time I convinced myself having a late night coffee or soda is fine because I’ll be so tired it won’t affect me. So, so wrong. Even a little bit tends to keep me tossing and turning. There is nothing worse than feeling exhausted but not being able to fall asleep because your heart rate is up.
Melatonin Gummies. These are my little heroes when I really need to fall asleep faster. I don’t take these every night, but on days I’ve felt like I’ve accomplished nothing and can predict I might be up thinking about everything I need to do/change/be/want (you know the feeling!), I take two of these ~30 minutes before my I crawl into bed. This flavor is actually really good!
Using these tips make falling asleep so much easier for me. I have a clearer mind and it gives me a “slow down” mentality so I’m not going 100mph up until the exact moment it’s time for bed. Sleep is so necessary for our health so it is essential that we aren’t tossing and turning for hours and wasting the time we need to refuel our bodies.
Do you have a bedtime routine that helps you fall asleep faster?