If you suffer from insomnia, we have some useful and unfamiliar tips to help you “trick” your brain into falling asleep faster. For example, try to squeeze your toes for a second and then relaxing them.
This exercise will release the tension in your body. Another method is to replay your whole day in your head. This will help you forget all your worries and a relaxed mind will fall asleep faster, according to experts.
We collect 8 simple but really effective activities that will take you straight to “Dreamland”.
8. Keep Your Feet Warm, Use Socks
Before going to sleep, put some socks on your pajamas. If your feet are warm, it redirects blood flow from the core to the extremities.
Therefore, your mind says that it is time to sleep due to the heat that is redistributed throughout the body.
And this is the perfect signal to your brain that you are ready for a good night’s sleep.
7. Squeeze Your Toes
With your feet warm, try tensing and relaxing your toes. Do this for a count of 10 at a time and try to sleep. All the tension in your body should disappear and you will feel much more relaxed.
This is part of a known technique to combat insomnia, called progressive muscle relaxation.
6. Try To Stay Awake
You will be surprised to learn that all you need to do to fall asleep faster is … try to stay awake. A study has shown just that: if you tell your brain that you don’t want to sleep, it will interpret your request in exactly the opposite way.
This may seem like a paradox, but it is called reverse psychology. So, lie down on the bed and repeat “I don’t want to sleep” and feel your eyes start to close.
5. Review Your Day In Reverse
Another reverse psychology trick you can use is to replay the day in your head. Try to think of the more mundane things you did: what you ate for dinner, what train you took home, who you talked to.
This technique seems to help you relax and clear your mind of worries.
4. Don’t Count Sheep, Count Your Breaths
Counting sheep is an old thing, try the 4-7-8 breathing technique instead and see how quickly you fall asleep.
All you have to do is inhale for 4 seconds, hold your breath for another 7 seconds, and then exhale for the next 8 seconds.
Try this several times, but it shouldn’t take more than 60 seconds to fall asleep.
3. Wash Your Face With Cold Water
Put some cold water on your face and get ready to go to bed. No, it will not wake you up with a scare, but it will trigger this phenomenon called Mammal Dive Reflex.
This lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, leaving you ready to sleep like a baby.
2. Hum Like A Bee
Lie down on the bed, close your eyes, inhale and start humming like a bee. Although the bee is buzzing, not humming, this technique works wonders for insomniacs.
It is also known as “bee breathing” and it basically helps clear the mind of all negative thoughts.
A positive mind stimulates the production of serotonin, the hormone of happiness, and the precursor of melatonin, which helps you fall asleep.
1. Put A Pillow Under Your Knees
A pillow isn’t just for your head or neck, it can go a long way in allowing you to sleep in a better position. If you sleep on your back, put a small pillow under your knees.
This will reduce the stress on the spine and also allow the lower back to adopt its natural curve.
If you sleep on your side, place a pillow between your knees. This will help your spine to be more aligned.
What other unusual activities have you experienced that helped you fall asleep right away? Share them with us in the comment section below.