Just as bright lights distract us from falling asleep, noise is another major stimulus that stops us from snoozing (and can be downright irritating when you’re tired!) Invest in some soft, ‘sleep’ headphones – these are padded, super comfortable and tend to do a better job of blocking out distracting sounds. Even better, play some soothing music, meditations or nature sounds to really zen it up.
Helpful Herbs To Use On-The-Go
It’s pretty well known that a warm herbal brew of chamomile tea will help us get to sleep. However, making a cuppa in the midst of a restless night or when you’re away from home isn’t always feasible.
Thankfully, many sleep-inducing herbs are now available in supplemental tablet form. An herbal supplement containing chamomile, valerian, hops or passionflower will help most of us nod off to sleep in no time – just be mindful that some meds do interact with these herbs and valerian, hops and passionflower aren’t recommended for prolonged, regular use.
Find Your Sleepy Acupressure Points
Acupressure has been used to remedy a wide range of health ailments. It’s safe, totally natural and offers some easy applications that can be used anytime, anywhere, to help you fall to sleep.
There are two major acupressure points that can be pressed to help you drift off. Firstly, find the small indent at the top of your nose and between your eyebrows. Apply light pressure with your fingers for a minute before sleep. You can also press the sole of your foot, approximately one third from the tips of your toes, for a similar effect.
Use All Your Senses
Visualization exercises are a powerful way to relax, yet how tricky can it be to make your mind stay present and focused while you do them?
Instead of simply ‘seeing’ a relaxing visualization in your mind’s eye, try to recruit all your senses to imagine a relaxing scene unfolding. What does this scene actually feel like? Smell like? Experts say that recruiting all senses will guide you deeper into visualizations.
Hang Your Worries On A Worry Tree
Many experts recommend journalling out any anxious thoughts or a ‘To Do’ list before you go to bed. However, if you need sleep – fast – and are away from home, this may not be the solution for you.
Alternatively, visualize a beautiful, ancient tree with deep spreading roots and expansive foliage. Imagine yourself transferring your individual worries from your mind onto the strong, supporting branches of this tree. Know that this tree is guarding your problems and keeping you safe while you sleep.