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Tips For Falling Asleep Faster

Tips For Troubled Sleepers

It's late. You have an early morning meeting and all you want to do is drift off to sweet slumberland. Too bad you're doing more tossing and turning than snoozing and snoring. Here are some tips you can try to help you fall asleep faster.

  • Make your bedroom like a cave. Cover the windows and turn off all the lights (even night-lights). The darkness signals your body to wind down and sleep. If you can't shut out the light completely, wear an eye mask.
  • Don't count sheep! Instead, visualize a relaxing scene like a sun-dappled beach or a serene meadow covered with wildflowers.
  • Turn on the yawns with yoga. Whether you do some relaxing stretches on the floor or in your bed, it only takes a few minutes of Child's Pose or Legs Up the Wall to induce drowsiness.

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  • Take a hot bath. The warm water is oh-so soothing and will help clear your mind and relax your muscles.
  • Finish eating two hours before you lie down. If your stomach is full or you're digesting a big meal, it's hard to fall asleep. Not to mention, lying down with a full belly can also lead to heartburn, which will definitely keep you up.
  • Listen to some relaxing music or a guided meditation. Gentle melodies of Enya or a monotonous voice leading you to sleepytown always works for me.
  • Write in a journal. If you're stressed, worried, or anxious about something, whether it's good or bad, thinking about it will only prevent your mind from quieting down enough to fall asleep. It helps to get your thoughts down on paper so you can forget about them long enough to get your Zs.

If you have any other surefire tips to help you fall asleep fast, please share them below.

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
I sometimes have to go to bed at 7pm so I can get up for work at 2am and I have to completely close up my room and make it a cave. It helps, but I usually have to take a melatonin pill as well to help me fall asleep.
watermeloncandy watermeloncandy 7 years
It's not good to watch tv, computers, or read 2 hours before sleep... it stimulates the mind. Stretching and warm baths are good, and sometimes I take melatonin which helps. And herbal tea.
Matt-Joseph Matt-Joseph 7 years
I've also read recently in a couple of blogs, maybe it was even on here, that cherry juice helps for sleep purposes. I found that interesting and worth a try for a nice natural sleep remedy.
LeiraElle LeiraElle 7 years
I fall asleep in no time... my trouble is staying asleep. I'll wake up at 1am, 3am, 4am... and cannot fall back asleep. Its frustrating because I do everything "right." The journal is a good idea, though, and I haven't tried that. I'll give it a shot!
mandaleebee mandaleebee 7 years
animatedpunk - you are my twin and somehow I sleep like a rock, go figure! When I can't sleep I usually try to imagine a relaxing scene. When I can't sleep it's usually because I have too much on my mind, so focusing on something calm and simple usually helps.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
amber, I'm the same way. I have this loud obnoxious fan that I can't sleep without because I need the white noise.
amber512 amber512 7 years
Even doing all of this stuff I am still the lightest sleeper in the world! I have two fans running at night for white noise which somewhat helps.
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