6 Weird Ways To Help You Fall Asleep At Night
Do you suffer from insomnia? Finding it hard to fall asleep despite being tired? These six sure fire ways are going to help you fight insomnia and fall asleep in no time
Have you ever had a long and tiring day and still find it hard to fall asleep when you hit your pillow? The inability to fall asleep at night can be caused by various factors including stress, environment, your caffeine intake, anxiety and an array of other reasons. You may also have a sleep disorder that frequently impacts your ability to get enough quality sleep. While it’s normal to occasionally experience difficulties sleeping, it’s not normal to regularly have problems getting to sleep at night, to wake up feeling exhausted, or to feel sleepy during the day.
While there could be many reasons you may be experiencing issues falling asleep, there are a number of different techniques that can be used to help you fall asleep at night. We did some research and digging and found some odd yet effective techniques that could actually help you fall asleep at night. Give them a try!
1. Keep Your Toes Warm
If your feet are cold, then your brain may not get the signal that it’s time to get to bed. According to Joseph Krainin, MD, founder and president of Singular Sleep, LLC, and Chief Medical Expert for SoClean, wearing socks to bed can decrease the amount of time it takes to fall asleep. “The benefit of wearing socks to bed seems to be vasodilation. The best explanation is that warming the feet causes blood vessels to dilate, and this signals to the brain that it’s time to fall asleep.” Simple, yet effective!
2. Blow Some Bubbles
Now this is a weird one! Martin Rawls-Meehan, CEO and founder of the sleep technology company Reverie, shares this technique with his clients, because blowing bubbles activates a similar mechanism to taking deep, meditative breaths. Further, it also has the effect of redirecting your thoughts from the worrying to the more lighthearted. When you blow bubbles, it takes you back to your childhood and reminds us of the good old days.
3. Sleep With A Weighted Blanket
If you’re familiar with the way babies are put to sleep then you’ll know that wrapping a baby in a blanket mimics the security and comfort of the womb and helps them fall asleep. We all know a snuggly blanket and a calming bedroom are sleep-inducing, but according to studies, a weighted blanket may help those who suffer from more than the occasional sleepless night. When different parts of the body are stimulated by a weight, the deep-touch therapy promotes sleep by causing the brain to release serotonin, which regulates sleep.
4. Drink a Hot Cup Of Spiced Milk
We’ve all heard of and probably tried drinking a warm mug of milk before sleeping, but spiced milk sounds a little strange. Drinking spiced milk however, when made with nutmeg, a natural sedative, just may help you get a sweeter and sounder sleep. It is recommended to drink it three hours after your last meal and those who are lactose intolerant will find that they can digest spiced milk. Look up recipes for how to make this quick and easy concoction and we promise you a better night’s sleep in no time.
5. Try To Stay Awake
This sounds rather odd, but if you want to go to sleep, then think about staying up instead. Thinking of going to sleep will automatically make you worry that you aren’t falling asleep so doing the opposite can actually have an impact. Most of the time falling asleep is an involuntary process that takes virtually no effort on our part, but if we’re anxious, we do things like look at the clock and calculating how little sleep we’re going to get, which then causes sleep performance anxiety.
After rounding up these points, we assure you’ll get a good night’s sleep if you put these all to the test!