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7 Ways on How to Fall Asleep – Cures for Insomnia
Getting a good night’s rest is so important for your health and overall well-being. Sleep is essential for your brains cognitive processes to function appropriately. With everyday life stresses, emotional events, and individual health issues, so many people in this day and age have sleeping problems. Many even unfortunately suffer from insomnia, which is the inability to fall sleep. Lack of sleep causes you to gain weight, be more forgetful, it ages your skin, impairs judgement and even increases your risk of death. Simply put, without sleep, we physically and mentally could not survive.
Here are 7 ways to help you fall asleep:
Read a Book
Reading a book is a common practice for someone to do to fall asleep. Usually it works very well, but it really depends on the novel. Some novels just make it impossible because they’re so full of suspense it just makes you want to keep reading and not fall asleep.
Turn Off All Lights
Even if you manage to get a full 8 hours of sleep, it can still feel like you’ve barely had any. That problem may be caused by light exposure. In order for your brain to get rest, it needs absolute darkness. Even if your eyes don’t physically see light, your brain still becomes affected by it. It may also help to wear an eye mask; this will definitely block out all that light.
Chamomile tea contains a mild sedative which is great if your goal is to either relax, or fall asleep. Drinking a warm cup of chamomile tea prior to your bed time, will put you in a calming state and help prepare you to sleep.
No Sugars or Caffeine
Consuming anything that has sugar or caffeine before going to sleep, is going to keep you awake. Don’t consume any caffeine or sugar for at least 6 hours prior to bed time. The longer it is the better and hopefully by the time you’re ready to sleep, so is your body because it won’t still be all jittery from your diet.
Listen to Soothing Music
Playing classical music, or any other music you like that is soothing, will help relax you and perhaps allow your mind to focus on something else other than trying to fall asleep. Allowing yourself to get lost in calmness of the music may be what you need to fall asleep.
Play Word Games
I personally love playing word games and puzzles especially because they stimulate your mind, yet for some reason, I find that it really helps to play one of these games if you’re trying to fall asleep. Odd huh? Something that is supposed to stimulate your mind, helps you fall asleep. It may be because it helps relax you, and gets your mind off of everyday stress.
Better Pillows and Mattress
Sometimes the issue isn’t your diet, but it’s your support. Where and how you sleep can make the biggest difference. Ensure that you’re using a good mattress and pillow because it’s vital that you are in a comfortable environment. Everyone’s comfort level is different, so this may take some experimenting, but it’s definitely worth the effort.
I’m not a fan of ingesting pills if you don’t need to, but if all else fails, and you’ve tried the above ideas multiple times, and in combination as well, then as a last resort, I would try sleeping pills. Whether or not you have medical issues, I suggest to do your research and consult a doctor prior to taking the pills.
For a balance state of mind and being able to function normally, you have to sleep. Sleep isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. So if you’re unable or it’s difficult for you to fall asleep, and stay asleep, then it’s important to seek help because your health is on the line.
Do you suffer from insomnia? Do you have any tips to fall asleep? What are your methods?