Are you tired of counting (Icelandic) sheep in your head but not actually tired enough to fall asleep? We hear you! Since we already discussed tips for better sleep, it's time for some sage advice on falling asleep, so you can enjoy every minute in bed to the fullest. Getting out of bed is a totally different story. Ugh.
So, here is how you can drift off into the land of dreams without any effort. Every. Single. Night.
- Be tired. Self-explanatory, right? Sleep is for replenishing energy. If you're full of energy in the first place, you won't want to sleep. Don't take naps two hours before bedtime. Your body will be super-confused and unimpressed with you. Plan out your day so that you can get just the right amount of awake time without falling over. And once you jump into your bed, you'll be ready to get that rest.
- Have a good bed to sleep on – yes, not too firm not too soft, just the right amount of support, sleeps cool etc... If you have a bed that you LOVE and just can't get enough of, you will want to get into it at the end of the day! Psst, Eyri is that kind of bed.
- Figure out what relaxes you – and do more of it. Like a cup of warm tea before bed? Awesome. Enjoy watching bed sheet folding lessons on YouTube in the evening? Strange, but great. Can't fall asleep without texting your significant other "good night"? Lucky you. Do these things. Little rituals are good for you! Calm your mind and sleep will follow.
- Figure out what makes you wired – and don't do it. Ever have that jittery feeling when you are so excited you literally can't sleep? We don't mean "excited" as in "happy" – sometimes it could be your mind going over important stuff or your body being too wired after working out...who knows. So if you find yourself unable to sleep, figure out what could have caused it, and try to do it less, or at least, do it waaaaay before it's time to hit the dreamland.
- Enable Night Shift on your phone and tablet. Any other article on good night's sleep would tell you to turn off your devices two hours before bed. Ha! Not happening. We like to be realistic. If you are spending quality time with your phone before bedtime, at least make use of the nifty option of Night Shift (iPhones, iPads and Android devices have this) this will make your screen go yellowish to soften the impact of light on your eyes. Staring at the screen will be less irritating and feel slightly more natural. Baby steps, friends, baby steps.
If you have your own tips to make falling asleep easier, then feel free to share.
If you are an insomniac, these tips may not be of much help, sadly. But getting a good mattress to sleep on is always a great idea. Eyri Iceland can be your best pal at night, even if you are spending it not sleeping.