Sleeping problems can be incredibly frustrating. If it happens once in a while you may be okay, but if you’re not getting enough sleep every single night it can really affect your health.
There are many reasons for poor sleep including stress, health conditions, and even uncomfortable mattress or hot temperature in the bedroom.
If you’re tired of being tired each and every day, and are finally ready to improve your sleep, the below 10 tricks can definitely help you get there.
10 tricks to improve sleep
- Try inhaling solely through your left nostril. This technique is actually a yoga method to reduce blood pressure. Lying on your side, cover your right nostril with your finger and breathe deeply through the left one. This trick is also useful if you’re experiencing hot flashes.
- Try to relax all your muscles by first squeezing and tensing them for a few seconds and then releasing the tension. Sync your breaths with your tensing and releasing of the muscles. (Get back the strength to get back to the things you love doing.)
- Fight to stay awake. Keep your eyes wide open and tell yourself to stay up. It may seem like the opposite of what you want to do, but your brain will challenge this and make you sleep. This technique is known as the sleep paradox.
- Challenge your memory and think of all the mundane things that occurred in your day. Try to recall them in a reverse order as a means of releasing worries from your mind. (Get a razor-sharp brain at any age.)
- Don’t face your alarm clock. Instead, turn it around once it is set. For some people, facing their alarm clock is a cause of stress, and for others, the light that is emitted from the alarm clock keeps them awake as it delays the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone.
- Simulate what your eyes do while you’re sleeping as a way to promote the release of melatonin. To do this, close your eyes and roll the balls up three times. Your eyes do this naturally while you’re asleep. (This trick can improve vision by 35%?)
- Use visualizations as your sleep aid. Visualize yourself in an environment or scenario where you are relaxed, calm, and in a happy place.
- Use the yoga technique of humming to yourself. Humming promotes calmness and relaxation.
- Press special points on your body to help support sound sleep. For example, pressing your thumb in between your eyebrows and the top of your nose, pressing on the indent between your big toe and second toe, or gently squeezing your second toe just below the nail can all promote calmness and help you fall asleep.
- Jot down all your worries on a list. Many people have trouble falling asleep because they’re worrying about something that has to be done or that may have been forgotten. Prior to bed, take a few seconds to write down all those things causing you anxiety or items that need to be done so you won’t forget them the next day.
Although these tips and tricks may seem unconventional, they can still help support a good night’s sleep and help you feel refreshed in the morning.