Do you get jealous of people who start dozing off within minutes of hitting the sack?
I know I do!
I used to sigh in exasperation while tossing and turning, trying to count sheep, but never being able to actually go to dreamland that quickly.
If you’ve had this issue before, you won’t have to deal with it forever.
There are many ways to fall asleep in five minutes without spending hundreds of dollars on medication or expensive products.
Here are inexpensive and effortless ways you can pass out within minutes of plopping on the bed…
1. Fake The Sunset
An average person will begin feeling sleepy once the sun sets.
While this may be true, not all of us will be able to see the beautiful sunset, because we’re cooped up inside for work, or we’re stuck staring at our gadgets!
By making a small investment in a wake-up light, you’ll not only be able to reenact the sunset, but also the sunrise when you get up.
This makes it easier to feel sleepy AND wake up when you need to.
2. Breathe In, Breathe Out: 4-7-8
Things like yoga or meditation can help you fall asleep, but some people don’t have the time or patience to start getting into these relaxing techniques.
Instead, try breathing exercises as you lay in bed. This is like the adult version of counting sheep.
This breathing exercise is like a natural tranquillizer, which slows down your heart rate and prepares you for sleep. Simply follow these steps:
- Breathe in through your nose for four seconds
- Hold your breath for seven seconds
- Breathe out of your mouth slowly for eight seconds
- Repeat the breathing exercise until you are asleep
3. Feel and Think You’re Tired
This may sound crazy but this method works.
Your mind and body can work wonders, and if you begin to think you’re tired, your body will respond by actually knowing that it’s ready for sleep!
All you need to do is remember what you would feel (physically) when you’re exhausted.
Think of your arms going limp, eyes rolling, or concentrate on weight on top of your body to help remove other thoughts.
4. Say Goodbye to Gadgets
Melatonin is a hormone that helps us feel sleepy; it’s what makes us stay asleep all night.
It’s a natural hormone, which you can find in supplement form as a sleeping aid.
BUT, if you continue to use your gadgets and stare into that blue light, chicness is that melatonin production will go even slower, which hinders you from falling asleep.
So while you may think that scrolling through your news feed helps you feel tired, it doesn’t.
It may even stress you out more!
So put down the phones and switch off the television at least an hour before you want to sleep.
5. Keep The Environment Sleep-Friendly
If you want to sleep better, you have to utilize all your senses to calm down and tune out your stresses.
That means making your bedroom ONLY for sleep and relaxation.
To do this, remove all clutter and keep the room clean, reducing stress and worries.
Dim the lights and keep the whole room dark, using a warm nightlight if you can’t stand the complete darkness.
Tuning out the world and turning on white noise or any other relaxing sounds will help as well.
Make sure your room is at optimum temperature, cold enough for you to fall asleep without shivering. The right (and clean) bedsheets and mattress will also help you sleep well.
6. Have A Small Snack
Yes, there have been studies that suggest a small snack with a low GI can help us sleep, thanks to it producing serotonin that helps us feel relaxed.
Try eating some blueberries or a small banana to help you calm down well enough to sleep. A glass of milk is fine, too!
Now that you’re empowered with new ways to easily fall asleep, give them a try tonight.
Sure, it may take time for you to adjust and start falling asleep within minutes, but it will be worth it.
You’ll start waking up with so much more energy than you thought you had.
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About the Author:
My name is Layla Parker, the founder of asleepywolf.com. We bring you a lot of reliable and useful information about sleeping and everything related to it, such as the therapies that improve your sleep, the ways of sleeping you should try, all the products you use every day that directly affect your sleep, your health and your life.