Sleepytime tips

By: Brittany Patrick, Columnist 

Sleep is a funny thing. Sometimes it hits us hard, and we’re out in a matter of seconds. Other times, it seems as if the minutes are slowly ticking by.

For reasons sometimes unknown to us, falling asleep can be one the hardest things to do. Getting the right amount of rest at night is necessary for us to function.

We need to let our bodies reset, and properly doing so helps us keep up our overall health – mental and physical. If you’re having a hard time falling asleep at night, there are a number of natural ways that you can help your body relax, and even speed up the process of falling asleep.

I think one of the most important things when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep is feeling comfortable. My bed is one of my favorite places. I love a lot of blankets, and I keep most of them on my bed throughout the night. Figure out what you like best.

Whatever it is, make sure you set your bed up exactly the way you like it. Maybe hang some keepsakes of good times and things that make me feel you home. Having them close may help you relax.

I’ve always been a huge fan of burning incense as I get ready for bed, prepping my room with inviting smells before I tuck in for the night. The smell can be strong, so use it sparingly. Burning incense or candles is a great way to fill your room with pleasant scents before you sleep.

Next time you’re having a hard time falling asleep, grab a book instead of the TV remote. Moving your eyes from left to right through the pages of a book is an easy way to help you drift off.

Make sure you are in a position that is also comfortable to fall asleep in. Position yourself horizontally rather than sitting up. After a couple pages, you’ll find that it becomes harder and harder to keep your eyes open, until eventually you’re sound asleep.

I like it cold when I’m trying to fall asleep, but being too cold isn’t going to get you very far during the process. Wearing socks at night can speed up the time it takes to doze off.

If you’re having trouble falling asleep, too much light may be leaking into your bedroom. This really depends on personal preference, but some of us need it to be pitch black in order to fall asleep.

Next time you’re having trouble sleeping, try using a sleeping mask. Total darkness helps the body ease into sleep, whereas sleeping with a dim light or television on can be distracting.

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