Do you find it hard to relax at the end of a long day? Are you one of those people that tosses and turns all night long, worrying and stressing over situations in your life? If so, then you know that this can lead to poor sleep patterns.
Many people have a difficult time when it comes to falling asleep. On the other hand, some people seem to fall asleep easily with no problems at all. But why? One major reason that some people can go to bed quickly is simply because of how relaxed they are before they do so.
You wake up tired and grouchy and reach for a sugar-filled caffeine “pick me up”, not the healthiest way to start the day. Some people have a hard time relaxing which makes it hard to sleep. Find out what you can do that will help you relax a bit better before go to bed.
Following tips will help you relax before you go to bed,
Develop a proper sleep
Develop a set pre-sleep schedule of activities. Let your brain know it is time to shut down. This means limiting stressful thoughts and outward influences before bedtime. Avoid drinking drinks with stimulants in them before going to bed. These would be things that are very high in sugar or have caffeine in them. These will give the body a boost of energy making it harder to relax.
Exercise a couple of hours before hitting the bed
Some people say that you shouldn’t exercise before bed. Exercise can keep some people awake but if you aren’t one of those people, then exercise could be a huge help in relaxing you before bed. Exercising in the evening, 2 to 3 hours before you go to bed, signals your brain to rest and recovery, rather than a stressful “how will I go to sleep” mentality.
Start counting sheep… Seriously
There is a good reason the sheep counting strategy works to help you go to sleep. What you are actually doing is replacing stressful and worrisome thoughts with a simple and boring, repetitive mental exercise.
You can accomplish the same by thinking of objects or foods whose names start with each letter of the alphabet. Your brain only focuses on one thing at a time, in this instance a simple mental exercise instead of stress and anxiety.
Enjoy a Moment of Reading
Right before you crawl into bed, Reading before bed is always a great idea. Some people find that either fiction or non-fiction works better at helping them relax for sleep, it’s just a matter of trying out both. Reading is a much better way to keep your mind entertained before sleep than TV. Reading is great!. Our brain will eventually recognize that 60 minutes of reading in the evening are a signal that sleep is approaching.
Yoga / Meditation
Drain all the negative vibes you have acquired for the day. Mindful meditation focuses on the present moment. You concentrate on your breathing and your present state of existence. This allows no room for focusing on past problems or future issues which have yet to arrive. Lifelong practitioners of meditation can even slow down their heart rate and to sleep quickly.
Free your bedroom of distractions
Ideally, the place where you sleep should have minimal possessions. This is especially true regarding consumer electronics, cell phones, MP3 players and the like. The fewer pieces of furniture in your bedroom the better. As you are preparing for bed, your mind unconsciously takes in all of the distractions and objects in your environment. This can negatively affect your ability to fall asleep.
At the end of a busy day, nothing beats the splendid comfort brought by the cotton duvet covers hugging your bedroom mattress and enjoying a healthy night’s rest.