10 Curious and yet simple tips against sleep problems
We all know this problem. We lie in bed and desperately try to fall asleep. But it does not work!
As if that weren’t enough, thinking about the remaining hours of sleep stresses us out even more and it becomes even harder to fall asleep. If counting sheep and constantly turning around don’t help, more drastic measures must be resorted to!
Here are 10 curious and very simple tricks that will make you fall asleep faster:
1. Wear socks
Warming up with cold feet causes what’s called vasodilation, the widening of blood vessels, which signals the brain that it’s time to go to sleep. Once the blood vessels in the hands and feet have dilated, heat is redistributed throughout the body in preparation for sleep.
2. Keep the room cool
It has been scientifically proven that babies sleep best when the room temperature is between 18 and 21°C. It might sound a bit chilly, but you can bury yourself under a warm blanket after all!
3. Avoid screens
Screens tire you out and keep your brain active. This is why you should avoid them before sleeping.
Instead of watching television, it is better to read before bed. It’s even better to read a boring book. It will help you fall asleep!
5. Review the day
Another trick to falling asleep faster is to think back to your day. While doing this, try to think about the most mundane things you’ve done. This trick is supposed to help you relax and release stress.
6. Wash your face with cold water
Washing your face with cold water before bed triggers a phenomenon that helps reduce heart rate and blood pressure and decrease oxygen consumption of vital organs, preparing you for deep and healthy sleep.
7. Try to stay awake
To fall asleep faster, try to stay awake. This trick looks weird at first, but it works! A study shows it: when you signal to your brain that you don’t want to sleep, it interprets this request in the exact opposite way, it’s “reverse psychology”.
8. Drink milk with honey
A proven remedy for insomnia and problems falling asleep is to drink a glass of milk with honey. Be careful not to drink the honey milk directly before going to bed, but about half an hour before.
9. Wiggle your toes
The trick is to alternately straighten and relax your toes, counting to 10 each time, after which you should try to fall asleep. All tensions in the body should disappear. This is part of a very well-known technique used to combat insomnia called progressive muscle relaxation
10. Eat low-fat cheese
We know that it is not advisable to consume cheese with a high-fat content late at night. It is, therefore, reasonable to think that low-fat cheese could have the opposite effect. It is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that is believed to promote sleep.
Stop counting sheep and try one of these weird but simple and effective tricks for sleepiness and insomnia.