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7 Ways to Fall Asleep Faster

Published 22 October 15 03:29 PM

7 Ways to Fall Asleep Faster

A good night’s sleep is crucial to everyday success, and no one knows this better than busy healthcare professionals.  Poor sleep can take a toll on your work performance and your overall health. That’s why it’s important to catch the right amount of zzz’s!

If you find yourself staring wide-eyed at the ceiling instead of sleeping, check out these 7 tips for falling asleep faster!

1. Keep a journal – Going to bed with a busy mind is never a good idea. Let go of daily stressors by writing in a journal at least 2 hours before bedtime. Or you can jot down what’s bothering you in a notepad, on your computer or even on a random scrap of paper. By the time you go to bed, your mind should no longer be racing.

2. Cool your room – Keep your room on the cooler side for sleep-friendly conditions. We recommend setting the thermostat to around 65 degrees or lower. A cooler room will induce sleepiness and prevent night sweats. If you tend to get cold throughout the night, sleep in layers or place a blanket within reach.

3. Hide your clock – When you’re constantly checking the time, you’re only stressing yourself out more. So you’re not glancing at it every five minutes, turn the clock towards the wall or cover it with a towel. If you have to use your phone as an alarm, keep it in a drawer or under the bed so you’re not tempted to pick it up.

4. Tune out – Tune out your spouse’s snoring and other distracting noises with some calming music or sounds. Research shows that soft, relaxing music not only helps you fall asleep, but it also contributes to longer, deeper sleep. You could listen to Pandora’s classical music station, white noise or the sound of waves crashing on the beach; it all depends on what works for you.

5. Drink a warm beverage – Steer clear of caffeinated or alcoholic beverages close to bedtime, and drink a mug of herbal tea or warm milk instead. These soothing beverages will help you wind down and fall asleep easier.

6. Wear comfortable clothing – Wearing tight, uncomfortable pajamas leads to restless nights. Instead, wear light, loose-fitting, breathable pajamas for better sleep.  If you’re not a fan of pajama sets, wear a t-shirt in a larger size for an extra comfy fit.

7. Dim the lights – Exposure to bright lights right before bedtime can hinder sleep and disrupt healthy circadian rhythms. Before you get ready for bed, dim the lights or switch to a soft bedside lamp. Then, once you go to sleep, make sure that all lights are fully off for restful sleep.

Do you have any helpful sleeping tips to share? Let us know!

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