Insomnia stinks. We all want that incredible feeling of being able to fall asleep fast and wake up full of energy. Read on for the best tips on how to fall asleep fast and sleep like a baby.
After dealing with insomnia for several months, I know how frustrating it can be to feel exhausted, yet unable to fall asleep! After a lot of trial and error, I was able to find some great remedies for insomnia. Here are my top 3 tips for a GREAT night’s sleep!
1. Magic sleeping ‘pill’ for insomnia that’s not a drug!
At the height of my insomnia issues, this supplement is what turned things around and helped me finally sleep again. I LOVE melatonin! It is a completely natural substance that works wonders.
Melatonin is a sleep hormone that is naturally made by your body every night. It is responsible for helping you fall asleep and stay asleep. Melatonin is naturally found in cherries and other foods, but I found I needed a bit more to get my sleeping patterns back to normal. According to certified doctor of natural medicine Josh Axe,
(Melatonin) can get you over the hump when you’ve had several sleepless nights and help your body get some much-needed rest. But these should be used for a limited time only — if you find that minimal sleep has become the norm over several weeks or months, consult your doctor.
For a gentler approach, you might like to try eating cherries or drinking cherry tea. Cherries help to naturally boost your body’s production of melatonin.
2. Do whatever helps you relax.
I definitely recommend NOT doing anything that will get you ‘on edge’ – such as watching horror movies, reading super serious books, or getting into heated conversations. Even working hard on a project right before bed tends to get your mind going and it can be hard to turn off!
Another quick tip: For a while, I was having trouble falling asleep because my husband likes to surf the web on his iPhone in bed (the light would bother me). I’ve always disliked the idea of a sleep mask, but I found a very comfortable one that doesn’t bother me at all. This totally solved the problem. Ear plugs might help you too!
3. Deal with anxiety.
In my opinion, dealing with stress and anxiety is the most important step. Prayer is vital to a relaxed state of mind and better sleep. When you go to bed anxious about something, you will pay for it the next day!
Make talking to the Father the last thing you do before bed. And don’t just talk to Him – actually believe that He will work it out! Also, have a special Bible verse that you meditate on as you close your eyes. This will put your mind in a relaxed state as you fall asleep.
Take an example from children, who are naturally better sleepers than adults are. Think about it – they have an inherent sense of trust. As a child trusts its parents and all is right in their world, they quickly drift into slumber.
For us, we have the most perfect heavenly Parent who will never let us down. Trusting God takes lots of practice, but with time it will get easier and you’ll be able to stop putting all that weight on your own shoulders. Click here to learn how I started getting my thoughts under control.
Here’s an awesome verse to meditate on each night: “I will lie down in peace and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8).
When God is your source of safety, your sleep will be sweet.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, remember: increase melatonin, relax before bedtime, and deal with stress.
What helps you get better sleep?
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