10 curious and yet simple tips against falling asleep 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 more difficult to fall asleep. If counting sheep and constantly turning around do not help, more drastic measures must be resorted to!
Here are 10 curious and very simple tips that will make you fall asleep faster:
1. Wear socks
Warming cold feet causes what’s called vasodilation, a widening of blood vessels, which signals the brain that it’s time to fall asleep. Once the blood vessels in the hands and feet dilate, 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 seem a bit cold, but you can hide under a warm blanket after all!
3. Avoid screens
Screens tire you and keep your brain active. That is why you should avoid them before sleeping.
Instead of watching TV, it is better to read before bed. Even better to read a boring book. It will definitely help you fall asleep!
5. Review the day
Another tip for falling asleep faster is to rethink your day. While doing this, try to think of the most mundane things you have done. This tip is supposed to help you relax and release stress.
6. Wash your face with cold water
Washing your face with cold water before going to bed triggers a phenomenon that lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, and lowers the oxygen uptake of vital organs, preparing you for a deep, healthy sleep.
7. Try to stay awake
To fall asleep faster, you have to try to stay awake. This trick sounds weird at first, but it works! A study shows it: when you signal to your brain that you do not want to sleep, it interprets this request in exactly the opposite way, it is “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 honey milk directly before going to bed, but about half an hour before.
9. Move your toes
The trick is to alternately stretch and relax the toes, counting to 10 each time, after which you should try to fall asleep. All tension in the body should go away. 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 recommended to consume cheese with a high fat content late at night. So it’s 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, yet simple and effective tips for falling asleep and insomnia.
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