Sometimes there’s no way to avoid having to go to sleep before you’re tired.
Whether you have a commitment first thing in the morning, or you just need to get a bit more sleep than usual, you need to get to sleep fast even though you’re not tired. Which is pretty much the worst thing ever.
These four tips will help you fall asleep fast without the use of any sort of nonsense sleep aids. Guaranteed.
No More “One More Things”
We’re all guilty of it. You know you have to be in bed in five or six minutes, and you have just one more thing to do. And when you’re done that, you have just one more thing to do.
More often than not, that one more thing is internet-related. Even if that “one more thing” was finding this information on going to sleep faster, shut it down. There is no more one more things. You’re going to sleep. Just fall asleep.
Turn off the TV
In fact, take your television out of your bedroom. There’s nothing worse to prevent you from falling asleep than actually doing something you find interesting. And if you have the television on and you’re not even watching something you find interesting, then you’re just ridiculous.
The light and the noise both disturb your ability to sleep. Shut it all off. Don’t listen to music, and don’t watch TV.
Limit Light – Darker is Better
It’s not just the television – if you have any sort of light source, get rid of it. Turn off the lights and shut the curtains. If there’s still light coming in from outside, get better curtains. You’re not going to fall asleep if you’re being bombarded with sunlight.
Your body limits the secretion of melatonin when subjected to light. Melatonin is a naturally occurring organic compound that is also used in sleep aids and relaxation drinks.
So instead of going out and buying some ridiculous pill or powder, just turn the lights out when it’s time for bed.
Don’t worry about a thing (or, why you’ll definitely fall asleep)
It really doesn’t matter what you have to do tomorrow or what you did today. Especially not if you are trying to go to sleep.
You need to clear your mind of all worry. There’s nothing you can do about it when you’re supposed to be sleeping anyways. In fact, by spending this time at night thinking about the problem, you’re only going to end up more tired tomorrow. And how is that going to help?
If you find it hard to clear your mind, simply focus on your breathing. And nothing but. When your mind begins to wander, just remember: focus on your breathing.
When it’s time for sleep you should be in a dark, quiet room, and be doing absolutely nothing. Were you looking for a magical solution?
If you have any tips of your own on getting a good night’s sleep, please leave them in the comments. More is always better.