1) Create the Environment – It’s important to make sure that you are comfortable and don’t have any light finding its way into your eyes, as it sends signals to your brain that you’re not ready for sleep. Also, keep your phone away and allow the rest to settle in.
2) Start a Routine – Try to go to bed at the same time every night. It’s difficult, but it prepares your body and conditions it to begin settling down at the same time every night.
3) Limit Intake Before Bed – Acids in the stomach will level out once you lie down. This can lead to heartburn and indigestion, which will keep you awake. Additionally, eating before bed can increase your energy levels as your body begins to break down foods. Try to eat foods 2-3 hours before going to sleep.
4) Herbal Teas – Decaffeinated herbal teas help calm you down and relieve any left over anxiety or stress you may be feeling.
5) Nap at the Right Time – Napping too late can take away from your sleep if you’re body thinks it’s gotten enough rest. Nap between 3-5 pm for no longer than 20 minutes – any longer might leave you groggier than before!
6) Turn Off Your Mind – Whatever is stressing you out and keeping you attentive will probably still be there in the morning. Stop letting your fears and frustrations take over your sleep! Allow yourself this time to rest up and rejuvenate so you can solve your problems tomorrow!
7) See A Doctor – If you’ve exhausted (no pun intended) all options, there may be some hormonal or chemical problems. See a doctor to find other options as to why you’re having a hard time sleeping.