If there ever was a quick fire method to knock you off to sleep, it would probably be hiding somewhere online. The problem is that there are so many methods to be found online that it’s not only impossible to try them all but it is also next to impossible to be sure that they will work for you.
Sleep experts, bloggers and even bed companies like ours are always sharing tips for better sleep, but what about tips to help you nod off faster?
If you look back far enough in our blogs, you are likely to come across a myriad of tips, including a few that focus on falling asleep quickly. Some say that taking a warm bath or shower before bed will help you fall asleep, while others claim that reducing the amount of caffeine you take in during the day is key to sleep. But what they don’t tell you is that not all the tips work for every person.
A new bed is best
Before jumping into the tips, let’s talk about your bed. What many people don’t realise is that the reason they are not getting the shut eye they deserve is due to their mattress. Sleeping on the right bed is often all you need to guarantee decent sleep. Buying a new bed can take your sleep experience to new heights, by supporting your back and body just right.
We often blame our lifestyles, what we eat and drink and what we do or don’t do at night, for our bad sleep. But the real cause is a lot closer to home than you would think. In fact, it could literally be right under you!
Consider buying a new bed and see the transformation.
6 New Tips to Get You to Sleep Faster
After a rough day of work and running around after children, your bed is a welcome sight. But when your day is so rushed, your mind might just refuse to calm down. Without a rested, calm mind, the chances of falling asleep quickly are immediately reduced.
But don’t give up hope just yet. There are ways that you can change this, even if they sound a little unlikely to work.
The experts might be out on what should work and what has no scientific merit, but we’re going to share 6 newish tips that might help you fall asleep faster tonight.
Warm milk before bed. It sounds like something that belongs in children’s books but there is a good reason why warm milk is often alluded to when it comes to sleep. There is no science to back up this tip. In fact, it is considered to be more of a “folk remedy” than anything else. But for some, it works. Next time you are trying to sleep, warm up some creamy milk and see if a few sips will have you drifting off.
Stretch your muscles
Sitting all day in one position or spending your day on your feet? Either way, you should stretch out those tired muscles before you go to bed. Tight muscles won’t help you to relax, instead, they are likely to make you feel tense. The tension in your back and neck will make getting comfortable impossible. So do some yoga, stretch out and ease your muscles.
Make sure your diet has protein and complex carbs
What you eat during the day can have a big effect on how you sleep later on. Sure, there are going to be some days when your diet will vary slightly, but all in all, it’s good to make sure that on most days you include protein and complex carbs. These will take a while to digest and so they will prevent the inevitable crash!
Resist the urge to nap
To nap or not to nap, that is the question. While some will always swear by a few minutes of shut eye, there are others who say that a nap will kill your chances of falling asleep later on. If you are not overly tired, but napping has become a part of your daily routine, you might find it difficult to fall asleep on some nights.
Napping is not always a necessity, so resist that urge and power through your day. You will feel better for it later on!
Eat a big meal at night
This is really not one for everyone, but it certainly works for some. Eating a big meal and going to bed with a full stomach is just the right stuff for some people looking to pass out early. Those who find this tip works will actively try to eat small amounts throughout the day and then look forward to that one big meal in the evening. Who knows, this might just work for you?
There is no right or wrong way to get yourself to fall asleep, there is only the way that works for you. Just like all the tips for getting quality sleep might not work for you, there are those that certainly will.
Are you sleep deprived?
One reason why you might look forward to falling asleep faster is because you are sleep deprived. But how do you know you need a little extra sleep? For starters, you can keep a look out for these signs:
- Sleep gives us energy and when we are sleep deprived our brains tell us that we are hungry in the hopes that the food will give us the energy we are lacking.
- You might become more impulsive when you are sleep deprived. You might become moodier, you might make more bad decisions and you might not be able to make up your mind about certain things.
- Your memory won’t be what it should be. Don’t worry, you are not losing your mind, you simply need a little more sleep! Your motor skills are also likely to be a little off, which can make it dangerous to be driving or operating machinery.
- You are getting sick more often. A tired body and mind is one that is more prone to sickness.
As we mentioned before, the best way to get a good night sleep is to buy a new bed. At The Mattress Warehouse, we have the nation’s biggest selection of high-quality beds for sale and each day we help more people find that comfortable bed that helps them get just enough sleep.