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I don’t know about you but I have always had such trouble falling asleep at night. Every night it takes me so long to finally fall asleep no matter how tired I am. During finals season this is such a struggle and living off of caffeine can’t be the only option. Here are 10 tips to help you sleep at night.

  1. Get off of all technology an hour before bed 

I know this is really hard to do especially during finals season. I am even guilty of it but it does actually help. The blue light that comes from your phone or laptop can upset your body’s production of melatonin. 

  1. Turn off all bright overhead lights

Bright artificial lights can make your body feel alert and awake which is the opposite you want to feel when trying to sleep. 

  1. Journal before Bed

This is a great way to get your thoughts out before going to bed. When you have too many thoughts in your head it can be difficult to sleep. 

  1. Magnesium 

Magnesium has helped me enormously with being able to sleep. I was actually recommended this by a doctor when I brought up my troubles with sleeping. I use this quite often and I fall asleep so much faster than I have ever been able to. 

  1. Lavender 

Lavender is proven to create relaxation and calm. Two ways to use lavender to help you sleep is either put a lavender essential oil on you or they make pillow mists with lavender. 

  1. Stretch Before Bed

Stretching before bed can be great for the body and mind.Stretching can improve blood flow and relieve muscle tension. Both of these help with muscle recovery and overall sleep quality. 

  1. Breathe Before Bed 

There are so many apps to help with this. Slow and deep breathing is shown to produce melatonin throughout the body which promotes relaxation and is essential for the sleep producing hormone. 

  1. Sleepy Girl Mocktail 

This has been seen all over Tik Tok so let’s talk about why it actually works. One of the main ingredients in these is tart cherry juice. Cherry juice actually has sleep inducing properties. Another ingredient is Magnesium powder which has been talked about before and has great benefits for sleep. Another popular ingredient is prebiotic soda which has many beneficial ingredients for your body. You do have to be careful with some of these because some flavors do contain caffeine.  A good alternative for this is sparkling water. 

  1. Counting Backwards 

This sounds a little out there but it seriously works. I have used this many times, always starting at one hundred and have never been able to reach zero because I fall asleep before I get there. 

  1. Make Sure you are comfortable 

Beds are supposed to be extremely comfortable. If yours isn’t, try to change something up even if it’s  a new fuzzy blanket. Create a comfy space for yourself.

I am a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology majoring in Fashion Business Management. I love fashion, beauty, and exploring new places. Living in New York City there is always something new to explore. My favorite musician is Taylor Swift!