Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for every human being. However, with the workload, stress, and disturbed sleeping patterns we tend to forget how important it is. Well, here are the top ten tips to help you get a peaceful night’s sleep and wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day.
- Think in images, not words.
Although it is impossible to stop thinking entirely, you can start thinking in images. By turning off the language part of your brain, a flow of images will start running through your head. This will help you relax easily while the images start to flow randomly and later help you fall asleep.
- Listen to the sound of nature.
Embracing the sound of nature soothes the brain and gives a sense of relaxation. By listening to soothing sounds you’ll be able to drift off right away.
- Write a to-do list beforehand.
One of the unfortunate reasons for lack of sleep is stress. Stressing over the next day’s tasks will certainly keep you up all night. This is why you should write your to-do list before going to bed so you do not spend precious sleeping hours trying to remember them all. Laying them down on paper will make them seem more manageable and will not stress you out.
- Take a hot bath or shower before bed.
The warm water will allow you to experience a drop in temperature, which will soothe the body. Be ready for a deeper sleep.
- Wear a sleep mask.
If light agitates you, then maybe consider a sleeping mask. Light, even the lightest, will disturb your sleeping cycle. So, if you will not be able to block it out entirely, then a sleep mask is your answer.
- Essential Oils
Although it seems obvious, it goes totally unnoticed. Essential oils like lavender, chamomile, and peppermint are very calming. Maybe try to relax by dabbing some behind the ear or on your wrist before going to sleep. (I heard drinking chamomile tea does wonders!)
- Get regular exercise.
Exercising actually has a lot of sleep benefits. People who exercise tend to sleep better at night, and feel less sleepy during the day, however, this is not a short-term thing. Regularly exercising over a period of time will improve your sleep quality gradually.
- Eat and drink smart.
Eating and drinking habits affect your sleep. Just like exercising, it is not a quick fix. Watching what you consume over time will help you sleep better, especially what you eat before going to bed.
- Adjust your sleep environment
Make sure your bed is comfortable and there are not any distractions around you. Keep screens away, keep your room cool, and try to keep disturbing noise down. (Soothing music can block the noise out!)
Although this may not be the best tip for devout readers, it could be a go to when you’ve been lying awake for quite a while. Reading will help you relax, unwind, and shake off the day’s troubles. Try reading for 15 minutes, or until you feel tired again.