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Getting a good night’s rest is essential to leading a balanced life. However, there are many of us that experience difficulty staying asleep. You may feel you have tried everything to fix your sleep issues, but there are some lesser known solutions that could be the answer to all your problems. These 9 surprising things can help you start sleeping better.
1. Listen To White Noise
If you’ve never heard of white noise, you may be missing out on the world’s most effective sleep medicine. What is white noise? It’s a noise frequency that drowns out surrounding sounds and keeps your sleep distractions at a minimum. One of my favorites is using just a simple box fan you can get at your local Walmart for under 20 bucks:
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2. Drink Passionflower Tea
Sometimes all it takes is a relaxing cup of tea to improve your sleeping patterns. Passionflower tea includes unique chemical properties that help calm nerves and power your brain down. It has a lot of other pretty cool benefits too:
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3. Don’t Eat Right Before Bed
Although it’s tempting to squeeze your dinner in right before bedtime, this can increase your energy levels and prevent good rest. It’s best to eat your meals at least one hour before you plan on going to bed.
4. Sleep On Your Side
One of the best ways to sleep better is to work on your sleep posture. Lying on your stomach is the worst way to position yourself for sleep. It’s especially bad for people experiencing hip pain. If you have bad hip flexors (here’s how to tell), the best posture for you is to sleep on your side.
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5. Put Your Screens Away
Another thing that can keep your brain up is looking at screens right before bed. The lights from phone and TV screens triggers your brain to stay awake long after you have put it away. Put away all of your screens at least a half hour before rest time.
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6. Don’t Take Naps
It can be tempting to take a nap during the day–especially if you had difficulty sleeping the night before. However, this pattern of sleeping disrupts natural sleep cycles and prevents you from falling asleep easily at night.
7. Focus on Your Breath
Unlock the power of your breath to help you fall asleep quicker. When you listen to your breathing cycles, your brain immediately becomes calmer going into a kind of meditative state. Counting your breaths, letting out longer exhales, and taking in deeper inhales, are techniques that can be used to get better rest.
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8. Have a Consistent Bedtime
If you are going to sleep at different hours every night, your body has no way of knowing when it’s actually time to power down. Establishing a regular time to get to bed will train your body to know when it’s time to rest.
9. Try an Eye Mask
Even with your eyes closed, light is still getting in and activating your brain. Wearing an eye mask can help reduce this risk and keeps them from being stimulated while you try to rest.