Wednesday, January 06, 2016

4 Tips To Make Falling Asleep A Breeze

Many people have trouble sleeping well. Sometimes problems may be due to temporary stresses or unusual schedules, and sometimes the problem may be of a longer duration, due to illness, sleep apnea, or longer term anxieties. Whatever the cause, some sleep issues can be helped by putting a few simple things into place. Below are four natural ways to try to get a refreshing night's sleep.

Minimize Distractions

It may sound obvious, but minimizing distractions can be a big help in relaxing before sleep. So many of us are constantly "plugged in" that it may be a temptation to take your phone or electronic device into the bedroom. Unplugging from a screen well before bedtime, however, can help you to wind down and get a good night's sleep. It may also help to keep the room as dark as possible so that your mind gets the message that it's time to rest.

Relax Before Turning In

We're often careful about providing relaxing rituals for our children before they head to bed. It can be a good idea to provide them for ourselves. Getting to sleep at around the same time each night, making sure not to eat anything heavy in the few hours before sleep, and doing something relaxing and centering such as meditation, prayer, or brief reading can all help you sleep better.

Try a Weighted Blanket

You will find a number of advocates who will talk about the benefits of a weighted blanket. This is what it sounds like: a heavier than usual blanket whose softness and weight can sometimes help restless sleepers to sleep more soundly. Companies like Weighted Blankets Plus recommend that you choose a blanket that is about a tenth of your body weight and then add another pound. For example, a 15 lb weighted blanket would be just about the right size for a 140 lb person.

Set Up Some White Noise

Although white noise doesn't work for everyone, some people definitely sleep better if they can have a steady, constant sound that helps them to block out other noise. This can be achieved with a fan or a white noise machine. Nowadays there are even white noise apps you can put on an electronic device.

While not all of these ideas may work for everyone, some combination of ideas like these may be just what you need to get a good night's sleep.

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