Do you lie awake each night, conjuring up every embarrassing memory from your elementary school days? Yes? Well, you’re not alone.
About 27% of people have trouble falling asleep on most nights. And about 68% of people have trouble falling asleep at least once a week. But there’s something you can do.
Here’s a quick recap in case you can’t watch.
- Quit or limit nicotine and caffeine, especially later in the day.
- Exercise early in the day to release energy and prime your body for sleep at night.
- Lower the temperature of your bedroom to fall asleep faster and improve your sleep quality.
- Take a hot shower or soak in a bath before bed.
- Put away that clock.
- Get enough sunlight during the day to keep your body on schedule.
- Relax. Try cracking open a good book — but not on your tablet or phone, since the light can trick your brain into thinking it’s time to be awake.
Need more help relaxing? Try doing deep breathing exercises and systematically flexing and relaxing the muscles in your body. You can also use meditation techniques to clear your thoughts.
If you do all these things and follow a healthy sleep schedule, you may soon find you’re falling asleep almost as soon as your head hits the pillow. Now that sounds heavenly!
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