How to fall asleep faster
Time and again, I think back to my childhood days.
I don’t think of the carefree moments or the heartfelt memories with my friends, but of how I slept so soundly. I fell asleep as soon as I reached the bed.
Cut off from my adult life, I need to be in bed two hours before bedtime just to think about everything that happened during the day.
Tossing and turning and scrolling my phone until my brain finally decides to shut up and go to sleep.
I know putting my phone away will help, but who wants to do that, right?
That’s why I decided to find a practical way to solve this problem.
I dedicated an entire month to controlling my sleep routine and here are the top three things that actually worked.
1. Chamomile tea
If you are a Chai fan, it will come easily to you. Chamomile tea can be expensive but it’s worth it. In fact, all night owls should stock up on it.
There are several studies that prove that chamomile tea can induce relaxation and help you fall asleep faster. It has natural sedative properties and is rich in antioxidants like apigenin which significantly reduce insomnia.
I tried it and it worked. Sure, I didn’t drink chamomile tea every night, but the nights I drank it, I fell asleep within minutes. It put me in a sleepy mood and I was out in no time.
2. Advice from my therapist
Here’s a confession – I love watching horror movies but am extremely afraid of the dark. That’s why I avoided sleeping in the dark and always kept a night light on. That was until my therapist suggested I sleep in complete darkness.
She added that leaving the lights on can keep my brain alert and my senses heightened. Darkness sends a signal to the brain that it’s time to sleep. It’s important to have a good bedtime routine, otherwise your brain might get confused.
She also gave me a little mental exercise and you are free to follow it too. Get into the habit of mentally listing three things you are grateful for in your life. They don’t have to be big things. Something as small as the delicious dessert you ate works well. This exercise has a calming effect and can get you out of any negative thought patterns.
3. Melatonin Supplements
Melatonin, better known as the sleep hormone, is responsible for helping you fall asleep. As night approaches, melatonin is believed to increase in your bloodstream. It helps synchronize your sleep-wake cycle with the night-day cycle.
Of course, that was not my case. My sleep-wake cycle was less than ideal.
I started taking natural melatonin supplements to balance it out. It goes without saying that it worked like magic. I took the supplement about an hour before bed and was ready for a deep, restful sleep.
Eventually I reduced the dose to every other day and completely stopped taking the supplement.
The bottom line
To be honest, I’ve never been a morning person and loved being a night owl (still like it low key). However, this is inconvenient, especially if you have a busy life and a busy schedule.
But hey, if a night owl like me can turn things around, so can you!
Go ahead and try these methods for yourself.