How to Fall Asleep Faster

It’s 2 AM, and you still can’t sleep. You’re tossing and turning--your mind racing. The lack of a full night's rest takes a toll on nearly every aspect of our lives, from our mood to our academic performance. Instead of struggling for hours to fall asleep, try these techniques to do so more quickly.

Block out noise.

Whether it’s snoring or the beeping of trucks outside your window, any distracting sounds are annoying and will keep you up at night. Try blocking them out with a fan or by listening to a soothing playlist.

Turn off electronic devices.

Electronics, especially your cellular device, keep you up. It has become normal to scroll through Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook before trying to sleep. Instead of this, turn off your devices before you crawl into bed; your bedroom is for sleeping, not for social media or replying to emails. 

Keep your room at a cool temperature.

It is scientifically proven that you fall asleep faster when your bedroom is cooler. During the summer months, keep your room at a comfortable temperature.

Relax your body.

Doing simple yoga positions, stretching, or taking a bath can help relax your body. These also reduce general aches and pains.

Relax your mind.

Late night thoughts? It is often hard to go to sleep because your mind is racing, thinking about a future exam or job interview. If this is the case, try writing your thoughts down in a journal.

Preparing your bedroom, body, and mind is conducive to a good night’s rest. Try these techniques, and hopefully they will help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

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