Sleep is an important factor in a person’s mental and physical well-being. So being unable to sleep on time when needed for whatever reasons can be severely frustrating. But when this happens, we don’t just have to wait in bed with our eyes wide open and mind wandering until we fall asleep. There are a few ways we can fall asleep faster, and better, and here is a shortlist of some of these ways.
1.) Practice meditation and proper breathing – relaxing techniques like meditation will provide you with ways to drown out unwanted thoughts, make your breathing techniques better, and give you peace of mind which will allow you to fall asleep much faster. However, while most people try to do these relaxing techniques, whether meditation, deep breathing exercises, or any other, right before they are about to sleep, or right when they could not sleep, we suggest practicing these techniques during the day instead, when the mind is busier and more distracted, to be able to practice it at the worst-case scenarios. This will allow you to execute these techniques much faster and better at night when you’re about to sleep. A good time to practice during the day is during lunch or afternoon breaks from work or school.
2.) Drown out all distractions – in a previous post, we discussed how to prepare the room for lucid dreaming. The same techniques used there can be used to make you fall asleep faster, such as eliminating external noise with the use of noise-canceling headphones or curtains, making the ambiance feel more relaxing with mood lights or incense/fragrances, and having music playing in the background or your headphones, such as binaural beats for sleeping.
3.) Hide your mobile devices and place the clock far away – highly active and working people will always feel pressure for time. If you always have your mobile devices within your reach, you will end up checking them regularly, for Facebook posts, or to see what time it is. Seeing the time dwindle down will make you feel pressured for the next day, which elevates your mind and body’s activity, and will cause you to be more active instead of resting. The same can be said with your clock. So make sure to have your clock and devices far from arm’s reach.
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