Many people struggle with falling asleep or staying asleep through the night. Mainly because we are constantly plugged in and rarely give our minds time to power down before bed. Here are some simple tricks that you can use to help fall asleep and stay asleep.
Turn off electronic devices: Studies have shown that the blue that comes from electronic devices often interferes with your brain’s ability to wind down. By simply powering off your computer, or switching your cell phone to a nighttime mode, you can increase your chances of being able to fall asleep faster and staying asleep longer.
Limit or eliminate caffeine intake in the afternoon and evening: Drinking caffeinated drinks in the later hours of the day can sabotage your effort to fall asleep. This is mainly due to the time it takes our bodies to metabolize caffeine. Studies have shown that it can take caffeine anywhere from three hours to two days to completely leave the body.
Take a sleep-aid supplement: Melatonin and other supplements containing chamomile can be very helpful with falling asleep. Unlike over the counter or prescription sleep aids, there are very limited side effects. Of course before committing to taking any supplement, consult your doctor.
Listen to soothing sounds: This is one of the oldest tricks in the book when it comes to helping people fall asleep. Listening to sounds like the rain, ocean waves or white noise can help clam the brain. If you don’t have soothing sounds readily available to you, you can always do a search on YouTube.