Feel like there isn’t enough sleep in the world? Are you super exhausted but can’t sleep at night? Believe me when I say I’ve been there, done that. Somehow nighttime seems to be the time of day my mind opens many doors, creates all sorts of scenarios and it is also when inspiration strikes. But what about my sleep?! In today’s Stress-free September I’m sharing some of my tips to fall asleep at night.
Night owls shouldn’t fight it
From a very young age I realised that mornings are just not for me. Don’t try to talk to me, don’t try to make me do something, and definitely don’t be all chirpy! Okay, maybe that is a little extreme but I’m sure you got the point. It literally used to take me until noon to become somewhat responsive, luckily that has now changed to 10 am. No matter how much sleep I get, I will wake up tired.
Unfortunately we live in a society in which mornings are very often important parts of the day, so we have to somehow go to sleep at our prime time to make sure we wake up somewhat decent. With all that energy I try to exhaust myself, this is why I love bedtime reading. It is a great way to look away from screens and to let the mind wander, because when you read a book you create so many images in your imagination. Usually I tend to get tired after one or two chapters.
If reading is not your cup of tea, maybe writing a journal, planning your next day ahead (or your outfit) might do the trick. Anything that has to do with thinking, while lying down in bed, normally makes me unwind and eventually fall asleep quite quickly.
When your mind is going places (bad places)
Alone, in bed, is when you suddenly realise that you could’ve done 1000 things different throughout your life. It it when anxiety can kick in very easily. For nearly a week straight I just could not cancel out the noise, I must have been in bed trying to fall asleep for hours on end without any success. One night I had enough, enough of the negativity and doubt. I just wanted my mind to shut the hell up!!
What worked for me, and still seems to work wonders, is to steer the thoughts into a different direction. One night I literally just played memories from all the way back to primary school, I tried to remember lunch breaks with friends, my favourite outfits and the books I used to read in between classes after I had finished my assignments. Then I thought of uni, my time in Spain and my first months in London. I am not someone that often thinks back, so trying to recreate these images was pretty exhausting to be honest! It put me to sleep very quickly and I also fell asleep in a very good mood considering I was really anxious only minutes ago.
I have personally never tried sleeping mists, but I know that lots of people find certain smells very soothing. What I would recommend as well is to create a nighttime routine. Maybe after you brush your teeth, use soothing night skincare, play relaxing music and maybe light a candle. After a while your mind will understand that these things are only done before bedtime, so you will naturally start to feel tired.
I know these tips might not be very groundbreaking, but it is genuinely what works to make me fall asleep at night even on those nights that sleep seems impossible. I hope you can pick up a tip or two that will help you fall asleep quicker as well.
What makes you fall asleep quickly at night?
Lots of love,