Dozing off during the day because you aren’t sleeping at night? Falling asleep then waking up every 30 minutes each night? If you have fallen into these patterns, or simply suffer from sleep conditions which is making it hard to fall, stay asleep, or both, there are ways you can modify this behavior. But, what are those ways? These are a few simple tricks and tips to try out, which might help you fall asleep sooner, stay asleep, and help you feeling more relaxed and active during the day, because you are sleeping at night.
1. Squeeze and relax
Yes, it might simply be the tension you are feeling from a long day at work. By taking deep breaths, focusing on breathing, and focusing on relaxing the muscles you are going to find it easier to relax and to eventually fall asleep. Curl your toes, stretch the back muscles, arch your muscles to loosen them up. Focus on making it a habit to stretch and try to do muscle relaxation each night, so you can feel more relaxed and ready for bed when you lay down to go to sleep.
2. Keep the light right
A small seep of light through the curtains in your room can make you feel nervous or apprehensive, limiting your ability to sleep. The body’s clock get used to day and nighttime hours and lighting. If there is any imbalance or the body perceives something is off, you will find it hard to sleep. Make sure the proper lighting in in place, the proper temperatures are set, and that you aren’t being blocked or distracted by ambient or outside lighting, when you lay down to bed. Some people have started to use natural light alarm clocks to help keep the light correct in their bedrooms.
Visualization is a great way to calm yourself down and relax. It allows you to unwind, relax, remove the daily stresses from your mind, and simply focus on something you enjoy. So, make it a habit to visualize great goals, visualize things you enjoy, things you want to accomplish and so forth. Don’t bring financial worries to bed, a bad day at work to bed, or fights with your spouse to bed. Instead, relax, focus on visualizing good things to come, and notice how at ease you will feel.
4. Pressure points
A technique of applying pressure to certain stress or pressure points might help some. For example, right in between your eyebrows is one of them. Simply apply pressure with the thumb to the area for a few seconds. Do this until you start to feel yourself becoming tired. Focus on the neck, tension areas, or other points where you carry stress. This will help relax your body over a period of time.
5. Your bed
Yes the priciest of all, but it might be the root of all your sleeping woes and issues. If you have been having a hard time sleeping for a while, and your bed is several years old, this might be a sign it is time for a change. If this is the case start to shop around, compare mattresses, and find the ones which you feel are best geared to offer a better, comfortable night of sleep.
Not every one of these will work for every individual. But, you might as well give it a try to see if it can help you fall asleep and stay asleep during the course of the night, if you currently aren’t doing so.