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Trivia 12 Ways to Fall Asleep Faster

Discussion in 'Lifestyle & Healthy Living' started by Somnolent, May 9, 2016.

  1. How to get your sleep and feel fully rested every day.

    You know you need your beauty rest. But if you're like Please or Register to view links in the United States who struggle to get enough sleep, you know this doesn't always come easily. Six to 10 percent of Americans fit the diagnostic bill for insomnia. And chronic sleep deprivation Please or Register to view links more mistakes on the job, mood issues, and even some chronic diseases.

    Here are 12 secrets of highly effective sleepers to keep you ahead of the game.

    1. Power down. Wrench yourself away from devices — smartphones, laptops, tablets, and televisions included — an hour before you plan on being asleep, board certified sleep medicine physician Please or Register to view links, MD, and author of The Doctor's Guide to Sleep Solutions for Stress & Anxiety, advises. Screens emit blue light, he says, which signal your body and brain Please or Register to view links rather than wind down.

    If you feel you must stay glued to a screen in the hour or so leading up to bedtime, Dr. Rosenberg recommends installing Please or Register to view links, a software that changes the color scheme on your laptop or tablet such that melanopic light (as opposed to bright blue and white light) shines forth from your screen. Please or Register to view links like Twilight for Android phones or Night Mode for iPhones may also help, though not as much as powering them all down completely.

    2. Have a ritual. Dr. Rosenberg says having a reliable pre-bedtime routine can improve the ease with which you fall asleep. Not only does a routine help wean your central nervous system off all your daily stressors, it teaches your brain what to associate with getting sleepy. Over time, cues like warm showers, slow yoga, curling up with a book, or listening to calming music naturally trigger your body's relaxation response.

    3. Hide the clock. Keep all reminders of how little time may be left before you have to wake up out of sight, Dr. Rosenberg recommends. "Staring at the clock increases anxiety and calculation," he explains. "You trigger the body's stress response, making it impossible to fall asleep."

    4. Locate some lavender. No matter what form it comes in — oils, candles, sprays, or scented lotions — lavender Please or Register to view links to improve both how easily people fall asleep as well as how long they remain at rest.

    5. Breathe. Alongside visualization, basic Please or Register to view links help induce your body's Please or Register to view links, Dr. Rosenberg explains. Even if it's just focusing on the breath, rather than trying to control it.

    6. Cool it. A too hot room can make staying asleep difficult, as your body's too overheated to relax. Dr. Rosenberg recommends a cool temperature for most bedrooms — 65 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal.

    7. Keep it dark. Covering up or removing sneaky sources of light (think: street lamps from outside or blinking lights from a device on standby) can markedly improve your sleep, says Dr. Rosenberg. Consider installing blackout curtains, deploying an eye mask, or positioning a T-shirt or empty pillowcase over your eyes. Remember, light Please or Register to view links. So the less of it you expose yourself to during the hours you wish to be dreaming, the better.

    8. Seize the day (when you wake up). Exposing yourself to outdoor light within two hours of waking helps set the body's circadian clock so that sleepiness starts settling in once the sun goes down, says Dr. Rosenberg. Stick your face near a window if you can't leave your home or office. Even indirect sunlight counts!

    9. Keep naps to 30 minutes max. If you're seriously pooped from a previous night of poor sleep, try not to nap for longer than 30 minutes, Dr. Rosenberg recommends. A too-long nap can set you up for another night of bad sleep, as your circadian rhythm gets thrown out of whack.

    10. Exercise regularly. You probably already know this. But if you need added incentive to stay active at least three days a week (preferably for 30 minutes or more) keep in mind that physical activity helps you log adequate Z's.

    Dr. Rosenberg explains this is because physical activity Please or Register to view links, a neurochemical released in response to exertion that helps Please or Register to view links.

    11. Don't drink to fall asleep. One or two glasses of wine, beer, or a serving of your favorite liquor isn't the end of the world. But Dr. Rosenberg says regularly boozing to fall asleep only serves to make insomnia worse.

    Alcohol may help you fall asleep, he explains, but as your body metabolizes it, your sympathetic nervous system kicks into gear, causing you to wake in the early hours of the morning awash in the stress hormone cortisol and unable to resume any shut-eye.

    Heavy drinking also Please or Register to view links, Dr. Rosenberg adds, leaving you groggier the following day.

    12. Curb your caffeine intake early. Any more milligrams of caffeine after 2 p.m. is asking for trouble when it comes to getting to sleep at a reasonable hour, says Dr. Rosenberg. Try swapping that afternoon pick-me-up with a non-caffeinated beverage more often, and you may find you won't need a p.m. jolt as badly — since less caffeine in your system makes for a much smoother night of sleep the night before.

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