It’s middle of the night and you are in bed starring at the ceiling like you forgot how to do it? Already tried all the usual ways of helping yourself fall asleep but nothing works? While there might be countless amounts of reasons for why you might not be getting the shuteye you should, we want to help you fall asleep easier and maximize the time you spend in bed. Follow our 6 extraordinary tips that will help you nod off in no time.
#1: Hold awake
This one sounds crazy – but it is so crazy that it actually works! If you cannot fall asleep because you want to fall asleep, you should perhaps use this to your advantage. All you have to do is do your best to try to stay awake, and sleep should come in a matter of minutes. Your mind is stronger than you may imagine, so this trick could really work. In any case, it doesn’t require much effort on your part, so what have you got to lose by trying it?
#2: Close your right nostril
It is an old yoga trick, and it enables you to reduce your blood pressure and consequently relax your body in a matter of minutes. Simply lie on your left side, close the right nostril by placing a finger on it, and breathe slowly and deeply through your left nostril. It should help you relax and fall asleep in no time, so this is a simple and completely natural way of curing your insomnia problems.
#3: Reflect on your day
If your days are stressful and your head is always full of thoughts in the evening when you are trying to fall asleep, then going over your day once more before you finally get to rest could be very helpful. Simply go through everything that happened to you on that day in reverse, as this will help you process all the events and clear your mind of worries. Once you have made peace with everything that has happened to you during the day, sleep will quickly come.
#4: Do a little muscle relaxation
Muscle relaxation is a simple, yet extremely effective way of achieving calmness, which will eventually lead to a night of peaceful sleep. It is very easy to do – simply lie down on your back, take deep and slow breaths, then squeeze your muscles as you inhale, hold the breath in for a couple of moments, and then release the muscles with an exhale. Do this for each separate part of your body, but be aware that the whole thing is so relaxing, you might not make it until the end and you will drift off into a peaceful sleep somewhere along the way.
#5: Write down your worries
If you are often lying sleepless in your bed, tossing and turning, just thinking about everything that you have to do the next day, this solution could really help you improve your sleeping habits. Before you go to bed, take a piece of paper and a pen, and write down everything that you have to worry about tomorrow. This can include tasks that have to be done, people you have to call, places you have to visit or problems that still need to be solved. This way, you can be sure you won’t forget about any of them, and you can stop thinking about them for now – and fall asleep instead.
#6: Hum your favourite song
Sounds odd? It might, but it will actually help you fall asleep, so don’t judge it before you try it. All you have to do it sit or lie down comfortably in your bed, and make sure your whole body is completely relaxed. Close your eyes and make sure your mouth is gently closed. Now breathe in through your nose and gently let the air out through your almost closed mouth, and hum throughout the process. Focus on the feeling of vibration in your body and feel how you become sleepier and sleepier. Repeat this a couple of times, then simply sit in silence and feel yourself drifting off into a wonderful world of sweet dreams.