You wake up. It’s still dark outside. Your clock reads 4:26. UGH! You toss and turn, close your eyes, open them, close them again – you just can’t go back to sleep. There’s legit nothing worse. I personally once wasted 2 hours just lying in bed, hoping, wishing, wanting so badly to go back to sleep. I tried turning on the TV (bad idea) and looking through my phone (bad idea) – clearly, I couldn’t seem to figure out how to quickly fall back asleep. We know this is a universal struggle, so we looked up some easy tips to help you fall back asleep, fast!
Get out of bed. It might sound counter-intuitive, but get up, walk to a different room, and try relaxing in there for 20 minutes. Look around, sit on the couch, read a magazine – anything! Focus on your surroundings and not your lack of sleep, and, hopefully, you should start feeling sleepy,
Read. Dim the lights, and try reading! Sometimes I can just fall asleep in the middle of the day if I’m lying down and reading a book. Pick up something you’ve read before (you don’t want to be reading your new thriller novel right now), and flip through the pages. Hopefully tiring out your eyes will put you back to sleep.
Mood lighting. Make sure it’s not too light in your room. Turn off the lights coming in from the hallway and close your shades to their fullest to block out outside light. Extra stimulation from brightness can keep you up, so make sure it’s dark enough so you can get back to sleep!
Get relaxed. If you’ve ever meditated or done yoga, this is your time to shine! Try some deep breathing techniques and relax your mind. If you focus on your breath and stillness, you’ll be less likely to focus on the fact that you can’t fricken’ sleep.
Don’t look at the clock. This is a no-brainer, but I’ve fallen victim to it once or twice. Staring at the clock not only makes you realize how annoyed you are that you can’t sleep, but the light from the clock can overstimulate your eyes. This goes for the TV, your phone, iPad – you name it. Don’t. look.
Listen to a podcast. Plug in those headphones and just listen. Taking your mind off of sleeping, and just listening to someone is basically like having someone read you a bedtime story, right? But don’t listen to anything too exhilarating! For tips from SHEfinds founder and CEO on which podcasts to check out, read this now!
For more tips, check this out!
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