For people who have problems falling asleep and staying asleep, in addition to using a sleep supplement, the answer lies in simply establishing a good bedtime ritual. A bedtime ritual will trigger your body to know that it’s time to go to sleep. Once you get yourself trained, falling asleep should come much easier for you. There are several popular rituals that have been proven to help.
Get On A Schedule
We all look forward to the weekend. For many of us, that means being able to stay up late to watch a movie and then sleeping in late the next day. However, our bodies don’t adjust well when we play with our sleep schedule like that. In order for your body to function well, it’s a good idea to get on a sleep schedule that you stick to, even on the weekends. While that may be a bit disappointing, imagine how much better you’ll feel knowing that you had a good night’s sleep. And you can use those early Saturday mornings to enjoy a cup of coffee, possibly even in a quiet house before the rest of your family wakes up.
Try Some Warm Milk
You may think that this suggestion is just an old wives’ tale, but the truth is, it works. Milk contains a chemical called tryptophan, which promotes sleep. It is also the same chemical that is in turkey, which is why everyone in your family has trouble staying awake after eating that huge Thanksgiving dinner every year. The warmth of the milk only adds to its ability to sooth you off to sleep.
Take A Bath
When your kids were babies, you always gave them a warm bath before bed to help lull them off to sleep. The truth is, it doesn’t only work for babies. It works for adults too. Taking a few minutes to sit in a nice, relaxing, warm bath can work wonders to help you get to sleep easier. Use the time to unwind from your day and think about relaxing things. You can even take your shower at night so you can sleep later in the morning if you would rather.
Relax Your Brain
Perhaps you just can’t shut your brain off at night. This is especially common for women. There are many things you can do to help your mind unwind so that sleep comes sooner. Simply reading a chapter in a book (don’t make it one you can’t put down) or taking a few minutes to pray or meditate can help you relax your mind. Doing these things gets your mind off of your worries and places your mind where you need it to be: in a state of relaxation that will promote sleep.
Create A Sleep Haven
Your bedroom should be a place that is set aside for sleep and sex. Nothing else. Unfortunately, that might mean getting rid of the television and eliminating other distractions. Use calming colors to decorate your bedroom with. You can even add a lavender-scented candle. It also helps to keep your bedroom clean. A bedroom that looks chaotic, creates chaos in your brain, which makes it difficult for you to nod off at night.
Before you reach for a sleep supplement, or even in addition to one, you may find it helpful to try one or a combination of these rituals to help you get a better night’s rest. Once you find what works for you, the improvement in your body will be immediate and you’ll never go back to neglecting your body of the sleep it desperately needs.