How often have you wished you could make yourself fall asleep?
What to do during the day to prepare for sleep
Changing your attitude towards sleep and establishing a healthy pattern - 2 of the most important ways to fall asleep:
- Make sleep a priority in your life. Don’t just regard it as something that you do at the end of the day and that you hope happens. When it comes to bedtime, regard it as something that is just as important as any other part of your day and don’t let things eat into that precious sleep time. Work can wait until tomorrow. This essentially involves changing your attitude towards sleep, and you can do this just by deciding to do it.
- Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. We are creatures of habit for a reason, and a regular pattern gets our mind and body used to the idea that this period of time is for sleep and for sleep alone. If you can, extend this through the weekend as it will reinforce the pattern even more effectively. Combine this with the first idea of sleep being a priority, so that you stick to these times as much as possible. Furthermore, our body actually has an internal clock which has particular times of the day that it releases melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep. This 24 hour repeating pattern is a circadian rhythm, and understanding it can help you plan your sleep better.