When it comes to sleeping, I’m the absolute worst. I toss and turn, and end up scrolling on Instagram till its 4 am and I have to get up at 7 for work. It’s a struggle that I’ve been dealing with for years now. So much so, when I developed chronic migraines, my doctor told me getting a good night’s sleep is a must. He gave me some tips for a better night’s rest, and I discovered some on my own that work perfectly for me. So, I’ve come up with my five best tips for falling asleep during your most restless nights.
1. Take melatonin
Melatonin is an awesome all natural sleep inducing product. Melatonin knocks me out and helps me have a good night’s sleep. The only thing I see as a problem with melatonin is that sometimes I’ll wake up really groggy and tired. When this happens, I lower my dosage and sometimes even split a tablet in half for the effect of melatonin without the groggy morning. My recommendation? Melatonin is OLLY Restful Sleep gummies. They’re keep me from waking up groggy and help me sleep great!
2. Listen to something
Sometimes I can’t sleep when it’s just silent. My brain wonders, and I can’t just let my mind go blank for me to fall asleep. When this happens, I turn on something to listen to. I made a sleep playlist consisting of slow and peaceful songs that helps me pass out. I also listen to soothing nature sounds that help me relax and get a good night’s rest. Another option is listening to a sleep podcast. Personally, I alternate through these 3 things to fall asleep, and they all work great for me!
3. Invest in nice bedroom accessories
When comfortable, I can sleep. If not, I toss and turn, flip my pillows, and fiddle with blankets throughout the night. In order to get comfortable and look forward to sleep, I invested in nice pillows and a comfy, cool, comforter. You can invest in your own high quality bedding to improve your sleep, through companies like Leesa, who have your best interests in mind. Also, sleep in something comfortable to you that suits your preferences. Making your bed a comfortable environment will help you get that good night’s rest you need.
4. Make the climate comfortable
In order for me to sleep, I have to black out my room and have the room cold. However, some people might like a warm environment with a light on. Make your sleep environment comfortable to you and your preferences. If you can’t sleep when the room is hot, invest in a fan or turn up your air conditioning. If you can’t sleep in the cold, invest in a nice cozy blanket, or turn off the a/c. Do something to make your climate comfortable for you and your body, and sleep will come naturally.
5. Only associate your bed with sleep
This is the toughest thing for me. I constantly lay in bed and just scroll on my phone or watch Netflix until I want to go to sleep. But, after this, I often can’t sleep. Like, at all. So, I started only associating my bed with sleep. Instead of lying in bed on my phone, I moved to my couch to relax and destress. When I get tired, I move to my bed, put my phone away, and try to sleep. Associating my bed with sleep helps train my body, helps my mind associated my bed with sleep, not scrolling through Insta.
Sleep can be hard, but there is always a solution to getting your best nights rest! Try some of these options and see what works for you. Also, don’t be afraid to experiment on your own to try to find something that works for you. Goodnight and Sweet Dreams!