It’s all good and well to tell yourself you need to sleep, but, like many of our worries, switching our brain off isn’t really something we can control. It’s letting go of the need to control which helps us finally shut down and drift off into relaxation or a restful night’s sleep. You shouldn’t be forcing anything or your restlessness will worsen. You fall asleep when your body and mind are both entirely relaxed, so this piece of advice makes sense, when you really think about it.
Of course, you most likely already know that your stresses and worries are the things which keep you awake, but that doesn’t mean you know how to simply relax and doze off at the end of a highly charged and chaotic day, whether you’re in the middle of a taxing project for your company or facing exams which determine your future at school. Either way, here are some pieces of advice for those of you looking for better ways to fall asleep and form a better sleeping pattern.
Work up a sweat.
However tired you are in the evening depends on what kind of day you might have had. The best way to calm a stressed mind at night is to calm it during the day, and exercise is a great way to do this. Better yet, you’re not only calming your thoughts and creating much more level thought patterns, but you’re tiring your body, which means you’ll welcome sleep more easily in the evening.
You need to be strict with yourself. You should be putting together a regular bedtime routine, because sometimes we don’t feel physically tired, even though our body craves and demands sleep. If we rely solely on “feeling tired” to determine when we should go to bed, that’s how our sleeping pattern ends up becoming messy and fluctuating frequently. A good guide is to aim for eight hours sleep per night, but going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is the most important thing. In terms of the length of your sleep, that’s an individual matter; it will vary for each individual. Some people only require seven hours sleep, and eight hours might be over-sleeping. On the other end of the spectrum, some people require nine or ten hours sleep, and eight hours might be under-sleeping. You can’t believe all the folk myths you hear. Listen to your own body. You know how much sleep you should be getting, because you’re clearly not getting enough at the moment if you’re reading this.
It’s all about your mind over matter. You shouldn’t be over-thinking it; you should be under-thinking. Sleep is a process whereby your body heals and regenerates, and that includes resting your mind. Allow your thoughts to drift off naturally, whatever may come into your mind. You could look into nutritional coaching services, if you’re still struggling to drift off, because there may be a medical reason for your insomnia..
Your body and mind need time to shut down before you fall asleep, which means you shouldn’t be taking your phone or laptop to bed with you. You might think you have insomnia or some deeply rooted sleeping problem, but anxiety or stress might not be the causes at all. It could be simply that you’re scrolling through social media whilst lying in bed, and then expecting to fall asleep immediately after putting your phone down. You should give yourself an hour of no technology before falling asleep. Read a book, perhaps.
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