I’m sure everyone has had a night where no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to fall asleep. Maybe you have something important to do in the morning, or you just want to get a good amount of sleep. Trust me, I’ve been there, and I’m here to help. Here are my favorite and most effective ways to fall asleep:
Use Lavender or a Calming Scent.
Lavender is one of the most relaxing scents, it just makes me feel so cozy and serene. I have an oil diffuser where I can put a few drops of lavender essential oil in, and shortly after, my room smells so soothing. I also like the Bath and Body pillow spray in the Sleep edition. I just put a few spritzes on my pillow about 15-20 minutes before I go to bed, and I promise you, I knock right out. Mouth open, loud snores, drool, the works, lol.
Oh my gosh, I talked about these in my 10 Things Every College Student Needs post, these are my FAVORITE. I’m not talking about the OLLY ones, they don’t work for me, and they don’t taste that great, I’m talking about the Hello Bello ones, they come in a purple jar. Y’all, these taste amazing, if I could eat them like fruit snacks, I would, they also work super quick, I’d say with about 10-15 minutes, I start feeling groggy. I suggest these to everyone I know, and they all agree that these are the best gummies for sleep. Now even though they work, try not to take them every night, you don’t want your body to depend on melatonin supplements to sleep.
I know you’re probably thinking “What does stretching have to do with me falling asleep?” let me tell you: your body is most likely stiff or sore from what you did that day. Stretching is something that you should be doing every day, especially right after you wake up and before you go to sleep. Give your body the chance to let loose and be comfortable. I found a picture on Pinterest of nightly stretches you can do before bed. DM me on Instagram if you want it.
Give the phone a rest.
Your body needs time to relax before bed, and being on your phone definitely doesn’t help. Your eyes can become sensitive to the blue light that emits from your phone, it puts a strain on them. Now yes, some phones have an option to turn down or remove the blue light, and yes, you can invest in blue light glasses, but being on your phone is preventing you from completely relaxing and is also keeping you awake. It’s also not good to fall sleep with your phone on your pillow or directly next to you, try putting it on your nightstand, or somewhere further so that you have to get up to turn off your alarms in the morning.
Listen to sleep music.
Did you know that there is a whole genre of music for sleep and relaxation? There are many things you can listen to so that you can calm down and fall asleep. There’s ASMR, classical music, bedtime stories, nature sounds, lullabies, etc. Spotify is filled with different playlists for sleep, I like to switch it up every now and then. The Calm app has mediation, sleep stories, and relaxing sounds to help you fall asleep. Just lay down, take deep breaths, remove any distractions that may keep you from listening to the sounds, and feel yourself fall asleep.
Stop eating and drinking right before bed.
Sometimes the reason why you can’t fall asleep is because you have to keep going to the bathroom. You didn’t give your body the time is needs to fully process and digest your meals. You should stop eating and drinking at least 2 hours before you plan on going to bed, that way there won’t be any disturbances, and your body can focus on going to sleep.
Drink a soothing beverage.
Now I know this kind of contradicts what I said previously about not eating or drinking before bed, which is why I put this idea last. There are multiple teas and other drinks that can help soothe the body to prepare you for sleep. I don’t know about you, but there’s something about a nice, warm drink that makes me feel so cozy and warm. A few of my favorite teas that calm me down are chamomile, green tea, lemon balm, and valerian root tea.
If you give any of these ideas a shot, let me know how you liked it in the comments. I’d also love to hear if you have any other ways that help you fall asleep.