For those of you who have a hard time falling asleep at night… I have 3 tips I’d like to share with you to help you fall fast asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.
These tips have helped me tremendously, especially on those dreadful nights when insomnia is lurking around.
TIP #1 – TRY HYPNOTHERAPY
I was first introduced to hypnotherapy in 2010 or 2011, and after my first session, I was hooked!
Now, I’m not a hypnotherapist, and I don’t know too much about it, except that it works. Every single night when I go to bed, I find a YouTube hypnotherapy video and hit the play button. Within minutes I am fast asleep. If I had to guess, I would say it’s within 3 to 5 minutes.
Sometimes it’s annoying because I want to listen to the entire track, which could range from 20-60 minutes, and no matter how hard I try to stay awake for the whole thing, I always pass out. ?
It honestly is fantastic! But you have to find the right speaker/voice. Some of them help you relax and unwind, and others focus on a particular topic and others will take you on a magical journey/story/visualization etc.
You can find some really great videos on YouTube (free), or you can buy them on audible or iTunes. Let me know if you want some suggestions.
TIP #2 – WATCH WHAT YOU EAT AND DRINK BEFORE BED
Now I know this tip might seem like common sense, but I have to throw it in. I know for myself I have to stick to a strict no-caffeine rule past 4 pm if I want to be in bed by 10 pm or 10:30 pm.
If I drink any caffeine past 4 pm, I’ll be awake till 1 or 2 in the morning! So, if I’m desperate for coffee, I have to make sure it’s decaf. What about you? Are you sensitive to caffeine, but still drink it till late in the afternoon or evening? If you are, be sure to have an early cut-off time.
The other thing that you should watch out for before bedtime includes heavy foods like pasta, rice, potatoes, steak and stuff like that. Not only does it just sit in your tummy, and it is hard to digest, it also makes it really hard for your body to get the rest you need.
See, your body has two options when you go to sleep: it can try and rest, renew and rejuvenate your mind and body, or it can spend that energy digesting. If it has to digest, you’ll feel the effects the next morning when you wake up feeling tired, irritable and sluggish. My personal rule of thumb is to stop eating at least 2 to 3 hours before bed.
TIP #3 – DEEP BREATHING
Alright, here is a yoga breathing technique that I’ve shared with my yoga students over the years. This tip has helped so many people get the rest and sleep they all deserve, and I’m confident that this tip will help you as well.
- Turn on your right side in the fetal position. Make sure you are comfortable. Close your eyes and start to breathe in and out through your nose.
- Take in nice long deep breaths. As you breathe in, feel your back ribs expand. And as you exhale, become aware of how your body becomes more and more relaxed.
- Continue this back-breathing technique for 100 deep breaths.
- Each time you catch your mind wandering, gently remind yourself to come back to the present moment.
This activates your parasympathetic nervous system and will help you fall fast asleep. I’m sure that by doing this back-breathing, you’ll be asleep way before you get to 100 deep breaths.
- If you like, you can also give your pillow a delicate spray of natural, organic lavender spray. Or use a diffuser with lavender oils. Lavender has been known to promote relaxation and calmness, and it smells just amazing!
There you have it! My top 3 tips for you to start implementing today.
Do all 3 in conjunction, and I’m sure you will be able to fall fast asleep in no time.
Do not watch scary movies and do not think about all the things that stress you out before bed. These types of things will cause you to become fearful, stressed out, anxious and upset. If you want to have a good night’s sleep, do something that will promote relaxation, calmness and a positive frame of mind.
I'd Love To Hear From You!
Have you tried any of the tips above? Let me know how they helped. And if you have any suggestions on what else you think I need to add to this list? I’d love to hear them! Scroll down to the bottom of this page to share your thoughts.
♡ Love, Nash