Life Hacks: 5 Ways to Fall Asleep Faster

Sleep is indeed essential to man. It is a way the body refreshes and restores itself. Unlike some very serious people think, I am of the opinion that sleeping isn’t a time wasting event. In fact, it is a needed activity. Only, it should not be in excess.

These days, we have so many distractions that prevent us from falling asleep despite how tired we might be.

Even if you don’t suffer from insomnia, odds are you’ve experienced nights when you’ve tossed and turned, wondering why you can’t drift off. Everyone has a bad night now and then due to one reason or the other, but if you get tense and worried about not being able to sleep, your frustrated mindset could make it even harder to relax into slumber the following nights.

Here are amazing tips to help you fall asleep faster:

Take a warm shower before bed.


The gradual fall in body temperature helps induces sleepiness. So have a warm bath about 90 minutes before going to bed to help you sleep better.

Let your bed be just for sleeping

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Nowadays, most of us use our beds for taking selfies, texting, reading, instagraming, tweeting, rather than what they meant for, which is sleeping. So, we have to learn to make the bed for sleeping without any external forces. The Sleep Foundation suggests reserving the bed for just sleep and sex only, to strengthen the association between the bed and sleep.

Try to force yourself to stay awake


Is there anything reverse psychology isn’t good for? In this case, it may alleviate excessive sleep anxiety. A small study conducted at the University of Glasgow found that sleep-onset insomniacs who were instructed to lay in bed and try to stay awake with their eyes open fell asleep quicker than participants told to fall asleep without this “paradoxical intention” (PI). Participants in the PI group fell asleep easier and showed less sleep performance anxiety.

“I always tell people, sleep is the one thing in life where the harder you try and the harder you work at it, the more likely it is you’ll fail,” says Meltzer. “Reverse psychology is not a long-term solution, but it can help.”


Avoid alcohol, caffeine and heavy meals

Another hack to fall asleep faster is to stay away from alcohol, coffee and heavy meals at night. Studies have shown that alcohol, rather than helping you sleep like most people, diminishes your sleep quality as it hinders your body’s ability to reach REM sleep, the deepest level of sleep, so, it should be avoided.

Decaffeinated coffee, as well as soda, contains bits of caffeine that can keep you up if you’re particularly sensitive. For heavy meals, the Sleep Foundation suggests avoiding big or spicy meals before bed, or two to three hours before bedtime, because it will put your digestive system into overdrive, which will likely keep you up at night.

Exercise in the morning

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One study found that morning exercise triggers a 25 percent reduction in blood pressure at night, which is correlated with better sleep.

Scent your bedroom with lavender

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Not only does lavender smell lovely, but the aroma of this flowering herb may also relax your nerves, lower your blood pressure, and put you in a relaxed state. A 2005 study at Wesleyan University found that subjects who sniffed lavender oil for two minutes at three, 10-minute intervals before bedtime increased their amount of deep sleep and felt more vigorous in the morning.

Engage In Bedtime Activities

Do certain things regularly to let your body know that it’s bedtime. Things as simple as taking a shower, listening to cool music or even reading a book will suffice. Before you even think about it, certainly not TV. Some studies have shown that watching TV before bedtime disturbs sleep.