When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, it is safe to say that it is sometimes easier said than done. And while multiple studies and bouts of research have all proven, time and again, that sleep is a crucial component for positive whole health, that does not change the fact that sometimes we find it harder than usual to get to sleep on time. This is a problem that the world is jumping on board with solving. Websites such as Sleep Junkie are dedicated to helping people find the perfect mattress to get their good night’s sleep, and health professionals are giving their patients advice and prescriptions to try to help curve the problem.
People are finally placing more importance on regulating and maintaining their sleeping patterns, but even so, it can be harder on some days to drift to sleep than it is on others. So, what are the easy tips and tricks that you can incorporate into your nightly routine to help sleep come peacefully and on time? Well, luckily there are some things you can do each night before going to sleep to help initiate a positive sleeping pattern, while subsequently also improving your overall health in the process.
Invest in essential oils
It might sound strange, but scent has a distinct impact on how we experience the world around us. One of our basic senses, we often do not realize how influential our sense of smell, as well as the scents around us, are on our daily (and nightly) experiences. Essential oils can be a fantastic way to help you relax and get to sleep faster. This is especially true of scents like lavender and rose (scents with calming, relaxed notes).
Put the electronics away
Having a phone or a laptop in your face before going to sleep has the opposite of a relaxing effect. Bright screens alert the body and wake us up, and so having any type of screen time (with the exception, perhaps, of a Kindle) before going to sleep keeps the brain switched on and even wakes us up more. The best way to prepare for sleep is to angle away from digital devices – even if that means leaving them out of the bedroom before nodding off. If you know you will be tempted to check your phone or emails on your laptop if you cannot fall asleep immediately, remove that temptation from reach.
Read a book to relax
Reading is an excellent way to destress and relax the mind after a big day. Opening a book keeps the mind stimulated while also allowing the body to wind down. This is something that is not easily achieved, and so having something as simple as delving into the world of an open book be so achievable and effective at helping you get to sleep, is incredibly valuable. A chapter or two a night is a great habit to start because, over time, your body will also grow to understand that reading time has started, and so sleeping time is approaching (like a natural body block of sorts).