How To Get To Sleep Faster
We’ve all been there – lying awake in the small hours, counting sheep into the thousands and hearing every single tick of the second hand on the clock. And of course, the more you think about trying to sleep, the more frustrated you become and the more difficult you find it to drift off. That’s why we’ve put together some tips to help.
Harness the power of wool
Did you know that body temperature is a hugely important factor when it comes to falling asleep faster? According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal temperature for sleeping is around 18°C. The sooner your body can reach this temperature, the sooner you should be able to snooze.
Surprisingly, that’s where wool can help. As a natural fibre, wool has many remarkable properties that can help you sleep. It’s breathable in a way which helps to regulate your body temperature at night, keeping you warm when you’re chilly, but preventing you from overheating. Because of these qualities, it actually helps your body reach the optimal temperature for sleeping sooner, helping you to drift off to the land of nod. Sleeping under a wool duvet is a smart way to harness the sleep-enhancing powers of this miracle fibre – although to get the full benefit, it’s worth investing in wool pillows, a mattress topper, and protector too, creating the ideal environment for slumber.
Tackle sleep problems head-on
Another common barrier to falling asleep faster is getting into a relaxed state of mind. It’s often the case that if you have other sleep problems – such as frequent waking in the night or suffering from night sweats – worrying about these problems can cause you to struggle to get to sleep too. After all, they set the expectation that you won’t be able to sleep, even before you’ve slipped between the sheets.
One way to eliminate this worry is to deal with the sleep problem itself. The first step is to identify the problem (using a sleep diary can help you do this), then you can tackle the cause. Our Sleep Health Hub has advice solving a range of different sleep issues, from night-time allergies to menopause-related night sweats.
Jot It Down
If you find that you struggle to drift off because your mind is whirling with tasks you need to do, or worries more generally, writing them down can be a great way to get them out of your mind. Try keeping a notepad on your bedside table and using it to record any thoughts, worries or reminders that pop into your head just before you’re ready to go to sleep. That way, with your thoughts committed to paper, you should be able to settle down with a clearer and more relaxed state of mind.
With these top tips on how to get to sleep quickly covered, hopefully you’ll be snoozing peacefully in no time.
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