We have all been there. Staring up at the ceiling wishing that sleep would finally take us away to dream land for the night. Some of us have it harder than others when trying to get our minds to shut off so that we can get some much needed rest. Apart from taking sleeping medication is there any way that we can help ourselves drift off into a natural REM cycle? Yes, in fact there are six scientifically-proven tricks you can use to get a good night's rest.
1. Turn off your phone.
This is a pretty simple one, and it reeks of common sense. So much our time each day is spent glued to our phones that it really does mess with our ability to sleep. That bright screen that you stare at for hours can actually trick your mind into thinking it is still daytime. It's okay to shut off once in a while.
2. Try to stay awake.
It's so frustrating when you are sitting there on the couch, or laying in bed while you're watching a movie and are genuinely trying to stay awake, yet the harder you try to keep your peepers open, the more difficulty you have in actually accomplishing this. If you are having a hard time falling asleep, just pull a little reverse psychology on your own mind, try and stay awake.
3. Get out of bed until you are ready for sleep.
Laying awake in bed and trying to will yourself to sleep can actually be detrimental to your sleeping habits. When you can't seem to sleep, laying there trying to force it can actually force you to have negative thoughts about sleep, on a subconscious level. Get out of bed and do something else until you feel that you are ready to try again. Might I suggest blowing the dust off of one of those old books you have had lying around?
The next three tips are so simple you will wonder why you haven't done them before.