We all love a restful sleep, but sometimes, actualling falling asleep is the problem! Tossing and turning all night while you're tired but just can't seem to fall asleep is not only frustrating, it can affect your health too. Getting a poor night's sleep means more than just a bad day ahead, it is actually linked to obesity and high blood pressure, poor concentration and a lack of energy. Oops! Here's what you can do to fall asleep easier.

1. Turn off the heating in your bedroom
It might feel nice and cozy when it's warm in your bedroom, but this is one of the main reasons people have a hard time falling asleep... Why? Because we all sleep under the blankets, which causes your body temperature to rise a little bit. If it's not only warm under the blankets but also in the room, you'll get too hot which will keep you awake for sure. It doesn't have to be freezing cold, but cool enough to have to snug up and get warm under the covers.

2. Get red of all that tech!
This one's hard for us smartphone addicts. Your phone or tablet is probably the first thing you look at in the morning and the last thing you look at before going to bed. How come? Studies have shown that being exposed to the blue-and-white light given off by phones, laptops, and other electronic gadgets at night prevents our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells our bodies it's nighttime. Staring at the screen will force your brain to stay active, while your eyes are gonna get tired from having to adjust to the bright screen in the dark. So leave your phone out of reach if you want to improve your sleep.

3. Lavender sleep spray!
Did you know lavender can help you fall asleep easier? The soothing scent of lavender will put your mind at ease and help you find more restful sleep. You can easily make a lavender spray or buy one so you can spray some on your pillows, sheets, and blankets.

4. Wear socks in bed
There is nothing more annoying than cold feet keeping you awake. If cold feet are keeping you from sleeping, especially during the winter times, wearing some fuzzy warm socks can really help. The extra layer under the covers can help improve blood circulation, which can help you fall asleep much quicker!

Avoid caffeine
Here speaks your red bull addict: I've personally experienced it way too many times that drinking red bull or coffee keeps me awake for hours! When I drink coffee around 9 PM I won't sleep before 1 or 2 AM. Even worse with red bull... Not everyone is as sensitive for caffeine, but if you do drink coffee, energy drinks, coca cola or other drinks with lots of caffeine in it and you have trouble falling asleep: it's worth the try to avoid it in the evenings.

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Posted by Malu Swartjes on 28 October 2016


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