There are a lot of things we have all been feeling throughout the course of this pandemic that has crippled our world. One of the main side effects of all these negative feelings moving around in our minds is it’s been keeping us up late at night. In other words, a lot of us, have gotten NO SLEEP.
That’s not good because it not only ruins your mood, but it also weakens your immune system, which we desperately need in times like this.
Below are 5 tips for you to try to fall asleep easier. TRY THEM TONIGHT!
1. Get some exercise
Make it part of your routine. For many of us, because gyms have been closed until the foreseeable future, we've just given up on fitness completely. It’s time to get back on that horse.
Exercise is a great way to burn energy and encourage sleep so that our bodies can recover. Just try not to exercise too close to bed time. 2-3 hours before sleeping is advisable.
2. Set an electronic curfew.
Because of our work from home schedule and probably Netflix (don't lie), we spend most of our days glued to a screen. That’s not necessarily good for our sleep.
Try to step away from your devices 90 minutes prior to lights out. Blue light emitted from our screens halts the production of melatonin in our body. Melatonin helps us fall asleep so this is clearly bad.
Avoiding your screen will help you build enough melatonin prior to bedtime to fall asleep easier.
3. Wear Socks
Keep your extremities warm, and your body will naturally work a little less because it does not have to pump as much blood to those areas. If you’re able to regulate your body temperature better, it helps with your circadian rhythm, which is what helps us fall asleep.
4. Get a Weighted Blanket
Good sleep is an investment, which you can’t risk losing at a time like this. Weighted blankets work by the “Deep Touch Pressure” principle, which professionals claim improves relaxation and in turn, helps our body produce more serotonin and dopamine. These natural chemicals in our body help us fall asleep.
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5. Pay attention to what you eat and drink.
Chocolates, high carb foods, coffee, and alcohol or just some of the things you should avoid before going to bed. The first three should be avoided because it gives you energy, and leaves a poor feeling once that energy is used up. Alcohol on the other hand, while it can make you feel sleepy, does not allow for QUALITY rest.
Try cherries, fatty fish, and proteins for dinner. Cherries contain melatonin, which can help you fall asleep. Fatty fish and proteins like chicken can increase your serotonin levels which will help you fall asleep.