How to Fall Asleep Fast and Wake Up Well Rested

Most people don’t understand how to sleep properly. In fact, the American Psychological Association claims that at least 60% of Americans suffer from sleep disorders.

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Typically, there’s two schools of thought on how to sleep.

Many people set themselves a schedule and go to bed at the same time every night. This can result in laying in bed needlessly for hours and the decision that you have insomnia. More importantly, you’re wasting time that could be put to more productive use.

Others just sleep when they’re tired and wake up whenever they’re done sleeping. Which will always end up with you sleeping far more than is actually necessary.

There is a simple solution to getting a good night’s rest every single night.

Go to Sleep When You’re Tired

From now on, you will stay awake until you’re tired.

You may stay up much later than you’re used to. Just stay awake until you are tired enough to go to sleep. When first starting out, it’s best to ensure you have a day or two to relax, because you will probably stay up much later than you’re used to.

Try to use some of this “found” time on something productive, because you are going to regret wasting it over the first few days.

Wake Up at the Same Time Every Day

It’s important to find a trigger that will wake you up quickly and successfully every single time. You’ll probably do fine with a standard alarm clock, but if that fails you may have to get yourself something a little more intense.

For the first few days this may be difficult, but you have to stick to it. By waking up at the same time every day you will end up becoming tired earlier, and be able to go to sleep at a more appropriate time.

This allows you to maintain your schedule, but still get as much sleep as you need.

Follow a Morning Routine

If you don’t already have a strict routine in the mornings, it’s time to start. You should have the first ten to twenty minutes upon waking planned and you should follow the exact routine at the exact same time every single day.

Typically this routine should include a glass of water, breakfast, and a shower. But you can do what you want. Just never vary your morning routine.

Within a week of following these three simple rules you will fall asleep faster and wake up feeling well-rested every single day.

  • Mat Stainer

    Good tips. I would like to add one point. Many people think that they need to keep window open for better sleep or to fall asleep instantly. I have a feeling that it is vice versa. The noise coming from outside will keep you wake and the worst thing is that it might even wake you up in the middle of the night. It is wise to ventilate the room before going to sleep.
    Best Regards