Trying to sleep to no avail or sleeping only to wake within a few hours can be frustrating and exhausting. Recently, I have been struggling to fall asleep and stay asleep. Life seems to be a never-ending supply of demands, both personally and professionally. In order to stay at the top of my game, quality sleep is crucial. Here are some hacks that helped me over my sleeping hump.
Try a Weighted Blanket
While a weighted blanket may not be for everyone, those struggling with anxiety can benefit greatly. I tend to lay awake at night with thoughts running on repeat through my head. Since purchasing the weighted blanket, I fall asleep more quickly and sleep more soundly throughout the entire night. Weighted blankets offer serenity and comfort, much like being hugged by someone you love.
Try White Noise or a Sound Machine
If you live near a busy highway or have noisy housemates, annoying noises may keep you awake long into the night. Sometimes even a silent room can be deafening. Consider purchasing one of the many white noise machines on the market or a sound machine for even more sound choices. These versatile machines offer a variety of steady, tranquil sounds that help lull you to sleep. If you don’t wish to invest in an actual machine, it is worth noting that many white noise sounds can be played on your phone through Spotify or YouTube. In a pinch running a space heater or box fan can also help provide steady noise to help you rest.
Consider a Glow Light
For those who hate waking up to the blaring of an alarm, try a subtler way to wake up each morning. One great option on the market is the Glow Light by Casper. This light works much the same as the natural sun, dimming at night and steadily gaining brightness each morning like the rising sun. This is a more natural and comfortable way to waken from your slumber.
Give a Sleep Mask and Earplugs a Try
For those struggling with light related sleep disturbance, investing in a good quality sleep mask may be the solution. Consider trying a luxurious silk mask to keep out light, without heavy, overheating fabric. If city noise or noisy neighbors are your problem, try wearing a pair of comfortable ear plugs to bed to block out the noise
Try Essential Oils
Essential Oils are all the rage. Try soothing scents such as lavender and chamomile, in a diffuser to help you relax before bed.
Upgrade Your CurtainsFor those of you who struggle sleeping with any amount of light, it may be helpful to invest in blackout curtains. These curtains keep your room dark, even in the middle of the day. These are especially helpful for those working during the night and attempting to rest during daytime hours.