I love sleep just as much as the next person, but sometimes after a long day it can be hard to shut off my brain and fall asleep quickly. Which makes getting up early in the morning a hard task too. I’ve tried many things to help me fall asleep quicker, and through trial and error I’ve found what works for me. So I thought I would share with you some of my tips to help you get to sleep quicker!
It’s important to unwind before bed, and being on our electronics prevents that. So make it a part of your routine that at least 30 minutes before bed you put all of your electronics – phone, laptop, iPads, etc., away.
It’s also important that you don’t use your electronics in bed. Your bed should be for sleeping, not endlessly scrolling through social media. Since the bed is so comfortable, often we get so relaxed when on our phones that we don’t realize the time. So make it a rule that you don’t use electronics while in bed.
A great way to relax before bed and fill the time without your phone, is to read a book. It can be anything from poetry, thrillers, to a more educational book or even a magazine. Reading is good for the soul and your brain. To get some ideas be sure to give my fall book recommendations post a read!
Another way to help relax and calm your mind before bed is to use a scent. Pillow mists are great because while you sleep you are breathing in the calming aroma. But you can also use a lotion or essential oil too. Find a scent that works best at calming you, but I would highly recommend anything with lavender in it.
The one thing that has helped me so much with falling asleep is ASMR videos. I discovered them over the summer and they are perfect for relaxing me and helping me fall asleep. There are so many different types of ASMR videos on Youtube, so have a search and find what works best for you. I know this goes against the not using electronics in bed, but if you are going to watch ASMR videos make sure your phone is on do not disturb. This means no notifications will come through, so you won’t be tempted to do anything else but watch the videos.
One of the main reasons why most people have a hard time going to bed is because we can’t stop thinking. Whether it’s worrying about future events, thinking about what you should of done differently, or your brain just decided to start going a mile a minute before bed. So to help, 30 minutes before bed sit down, get a notebook, and write out your thoughts. It can be about your day, the positive and negative things that happened, or whatever is on your mind.
I have been using a sound/noise machine since I was a kid, and I can’t sleep without it. If you live in a busy area, or with other people, this is the perfect way to drown out any unwanted noises. There are so many different noises you can choose from – the ocean, rain, forest, white noise, just to name a few. So find what works best for you!
And those are my tips for getting to sleep quicker! Be sure to give them a try and figure out what works best for you.
I’m Kara Callahan, a 22 year old blogger with a camera in one hand and a book in the other. This is my lifestyle blog where I share life’s simple moments, tips + inspiration, slow living, blogging tips, travel photo diaries, book recommendations, and more with a few outfits in between. I hope you get some inspiration and happy reading!