Sleeping is very important for our emotional, psychological and physical well-being so make sure you get enough sleep and make sure it is quality sleep. Please see a doctor if you think that your difficulty with sleep is a medical issue or you feel like you have tried everything and nothing is helping.
With that said, here are six ways in which you can easily fall asleep:
Make sure that there is as little light as possible when you go to sleep. Light is considered a stimulant and will keep a person awake or at least make it more difficult to get to sleep. I work an early shift and when I go to bed, my family is still awake and active. Most nights I shut my bedroom door so the extra light will not affect my getting to sleep.
If it is difficult to get most of the light out of your room or you have neighbors who like to leave there lights on, you may want to pick up a sleeping eye mask to block out the light. Wearing a sleeping eye mask will also work well for those whose schedules have them sleeping while it is light outside.
Having the right mattress can make a world of difference. The quality of my sleep improved tremendously when I bought a new bed last year. I purchased a Tempur-Pedic mattress and don’t know how I ever lived without it. Additionally, you can use a large body pillow to provide support at night while wearing your favorite CPAP nasal mask for side sleepers.
Now from what I hear, people either love or hate these mattresses and there is no in between. I would say if you are thinking about purchasing one, you should make sure you go to a store that will allow you to lie on the bed to get a good idea what it will be like. Having a great bed is essential since we spend so much of our lives in it.
I would suggest either wearing comfy PJs or wearing nothing at all if you are comfortable sleeping this way. There is no need to be uncomfortable or have to fight with your clothes if you decide to turn over.
Being in a cooler room can improve sleep just for the simple fact that you will be more comfortable. It allows you to relax more than if you were in a warmer room.
Exercising does a few things to aide in sleeping. Exercise can reduce stress and lower your blood pressure which will surely have you sleeping better. It can also help by having you expend more energy during the day so you are more tired when it is bed time. Make sure not to exercise within a few hours of going to bed since initially exercising is a stimulating activity.
Napping should be limited as it can make it more difficult to fall asleep when it is bed time. Napping can interrupt your regular sleeping pattern/routine. If you really need a nap, it is ok to lay down for 30 min-1 hour. You really don’t want to sleep longer than this as it will disrupt your sleep later and make it more difficult to fall asleep.