Most people have trouble sleeping, especially when they are going through stressful periods. This is because the mind becomes overactive and prevents sleep from happening naturally. We often think of things that we need to do tomorrow or what happened today. It can be difficult to stop thinking about these thoughts long enough for us to fall asleep. It's kind of like when you're in the shower, and your mind just starts running... Well, the same thing happens when you're trying to sleep, too! It's super annoying - especially when you have to wake up early for school or work. Whether you have insomnia or your mind is overworking itself at night, we're here to help you get your sleeping schedule back on track. Thankfully there are several ways that you can fall asleep quicker. In this blog post, we'll go over how you can sleep easily with a few simple techniques!
The first technique to falling asleep better and faster is by taking a hot bath before you go to bed! The warmth and comfort of the water will help your muscles relax, which in turn will put your body into sleep mode! Have you ever noticed that while you're taking a bath, you start to drift off because you're just SO relaxed... It's one of the best feelings ever! After your bath, you should also make sure that the room is cool enough for you to sleep. You don't need it to be freezing cold, but if it's too warm, then this may keep your mind active and prevent easy slumbering.
It's important not to drink any caffeine within 8-10 hours before bedtime or else this could cause sleeplessness as well. Obviously, the point of caffeine is to keep you energized, so as hard as it may be, try to stay away from sodas and coffee as soon as possible!
There is the "White Noise" method which basically consists of listening to relaxing noises. Picture yourself at a beach house listening to the waves, or in your own bedroom with light rain outdoors... It always helps you to feel relaxed and calms your mind. Rainforest sounds and ocean waves are some of the most popular white noise noises! These types of noises have been proven to be calming, so they can really make falling asleep much more pleasant! Another tactic involves using relaxation tapes with soothing music on them while visualizing yourself at a place where time stops: this technique helps people fall down into deep stages 3 & 4 (that stage when we enter REM) during their sleep cycle. It also has various hypnotic properties as well because our brainwaves synchronize with those sounds.
You can also listen to calming music. So, next time you're trying to sleep, put on some of your favorite music quietly and allow yourself to drift off.
Tea is delicious and has many benefits According to the National Sleep Foundation, tea has a calming effect and helps to improve sleep quality. A few studies have shown that drinking tea before bedtime can help induce relaxation in adults while simultaneously lowering anxiety levels. This is because most teas contain caffeine (a different type to coffee!) which stimulates your nervous system as well as polyphenols called catechins. These compounds are related to lower blood pressure and improved heart health by helping arteries relax or dilate, so they both stimulate our minds but also calm us down at night.
It's pretty well-known that following a strict, set sleeping schedule helps people fall asleep better. But what goes on in our brains during the process of falling asleep is still something we're not entirely sure about. Your sleeping cycle is set by what we call our circadian rhythm which means that when one thing happens in nature- like daylight saving -your whole system gets thrown off balance because it doesn't know if it's morning or evening anymore!
Having a sleep schedule sets your body's clock for being tired and awake at the same time. With this, you can take advantage of how natural light changes throughout the day to help cue when it’s best to go into "sleep mode."
When you are in the process of doing yoga, it relaxes your body and mind which can make sleep much easier. A study done by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that people who practiced Hatha yogic exercises for 12 weeks experienced a significant improvement in their ability to fall asleep.
As described on Ekhart Yoga, "Hatha yoga is about balancing the body and mind. ‘Ha’ represents the esoteric sun, and ‘tha’ the moon. The practice of Hatha yoga aims to join, yoke, or balance these two energies. A yoga class described as ‘Hatha’ will typically involve a set of physical postures (yoga poses) and breathing techniques."
The benefits may be due to reduced levels of anxiety or because many poses mimic positions often used during sleeping hours such as lying on one's back with knees bent while stretching arms overhead. The soothing sensation of a downward dog also helps with relaxation and releases tension throughout your body which will make it easier to sleep at night. Yoga is also about breathing deeply from diaphragm muscles so this could help lower heart rate too!
Researchers have been trying to answer the question of why sleeping in a low-temperature room helps you fall asleep easier. They came up with four theories... Those theories are:
1) The temperature cools your body down which is good for sleep as it reduces physical activity and increases heart rate variability
2) A cooler environment will reduce arousal so that when someone falls asleep, they are not waking themselves up constantly through light snoring or movement
3) Low temperatures can be calming by reducing stress hormones such as cortisol while increasing melatonin production thereby giving more time before morning wakeup alarms go off
4) Heat stimulates brain cells into firing but then leads them to fatigue resulting in reduced cognitive performance during tasks like memorizing information whereas cold stimulation has less effect
So, make sure not to have the room boiling hot as it's going to make it so much more difficult to get that much needed shut-eye! At the end of the day, it's all about body temperature. When you sleep in a room with lower temperatures, your muscles are more relaxed and the release of hormones like epinephrine is downplayed... This makes it so much easier for you to fall asleep.
Just like a baby's favorite lullaby, our bodies react well to the natural sound of silence. When you're constantly surrounded by noise and light from your laptop or TV screen at night it can be difficult for some people to fall asleep as their minds are still going full steam ahead with all that stimulation in spite of having physical exhaustion.
Before bedtime, you're probably scrolling through your social media feed and endlessly clicking on YouTube videos. It's pretty easy to get sucked into the laugh-riot that can be a video of an animal doing something silly, but it takes away hours of sleep and creates an unhealthy sleeping pattern. We recommend not using your phone for an hour before bed. Once you're ready to do so, turn off your phone or keep it on silent - however, don't keep it next to your bed. If you keep it next to you, then you'll be more inclined to use it. Not only that, but if you have an alarm that is going to go off in the morning and your phone is further away, it will force you to not hit snooze and get out of bed sooner!
For some of you, this may sound like a nightmare! But hey - at least nightmares happen when you're sleeping! Our bodies naturally produce melatonin, the hormone responsible for making you sleepy. When we exercise during daylight hours, our body produces more of this natural sleep-inducing substance than if we were sitting at a desk all day and not using any energy to stay awake or moving around.
So how does exercising help us fall asleep? One way is that it can actually make your brain release neurotransmitters like serotonin (the happy chemical). This helps to relieve stress by calming down receptors in your central nervous system so they don't react as strongly to stimuli from other parts of the body - such as pain signals arising in muscles when stretched too much after being on one spot for long periods of time.
Exercising in the afternoon can make your body feel tired earlier and cause an easier time going to sleep. For some people, exercising might also help to decrease their anxiety levels. Some doctors recommend 30 minutes of moderate intensity cardio before dinner because it helps with blood sugar regulation which is important if you have diabetes or want better control over symptoms from high-blood pressure.
So, it doesn't have to be any crazy, hard-core workouts - it can even be a long walk with your dog! (This will help to make both you and your pup sleep easier!)
Having comfortable sleeping products is another way to help you fall asleep faster, too. By having a cozy comforter, high-quality sheets, or a nice down-pillow, you'll feel better in your own bed and the coziness of the products will help you to drift off into sleep mode. When you feel like you're sleeping on a cloud, life is so much more enjoyable!
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Those were our top 10 tips on how to sleep better and faster! Sleeping is one of life's greatest pleasures, so making sure your sleeping schedule is in order, is extremely important. We understand that sometimes it can be super difficult to fall asleep at night. Unfortunately, for most people, it takes quite a bit of time to drift off. Hopefully, these tips will help you learn how to sleep easily and in return, get your sleep schedule back on track.
We hope you're able to turn your bed into a cloud-like spot! Like we mentioned, our products are made from high-quality materials, so we're confident your bed will feel better than ever when it's kitted with Warm Things! One of the most important parts of a bed is a comforter. So, make sure to check out our down comforters by clicking here.
Really take advantage of these tips by implementing them into your life as best as possible. Sleep is necessary for optimal health - so don't neglect getting enough shut-eye.
If you're struggling with sleeping or want more information about what can help, feel free to reach out to us at any time! Send us a message on Instagram @WarmThingsOnline and we'll be sure to answer your question to the best of our ability! Otherwise, we hope this article helped spark some ideas on how you might be able to improve the quality of your sleep!
We know it'll take some time to get used to following these techniques, but we can guarantee, that it'll change your sleeping pattern immensely! Better sleep equals better quality of life. When you have a good night's sleep, you're starting your day off right and you'll feel less cranky and much more energized! Thank you so much for reading our blog on how to sleep better and happy sleeping!
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