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Five Easy Ways to Fall Asleep Quickly

By on May 1, 2013

I used to have a horrible time getting to sleep at night. I’d toss and turn for hours, only to finally pass out a couple hours before I had to wake up. This vicious cycle led to decreased performance at work and not enough energy to get things done throughout the day. Finally I had enough and learned how to get to sleep quickly and without having to take a prescription.

Each person is different with what gets them to sleep, so you might have to go through some trial and error in order to find what works for you. It will be worth it though, once you find your sweet spot for getting to bed. Just imagine actually being able to go to sleep soon after laying down in your bed!  Here are some easy ways to fall asleep quickly.

Tip 1. Give up Caffeine

So most people know they shouldn’t drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages within a few hours of going to bed, but you actually shouldn’t have caffeine after around 2 p.m. While you probably won’t feel wide awake at 8 p.m. from a 3 p.m. energy drink or cup of coffee, the effects of it can still last for up to 8 hours.

Even if you don’t feel energized, you could still have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Caffeine can affect your sleep more than you realize, so cutting yourself off after the morning hours can really change things around for you. Just try it out and see what happens; you have nothing to lose and sleep to gain.

Tip 2. Working Out

I used to go to the gym after eating dinner or after I got off of work. While this wore me out, I noticed that I would still have a hard time winding down. So, I started working out in the morning and noticed that getting to sleep was actually a lot easier at night.

My body wasn’t as energized at night when I worked out early, which meant I wasn’t tossing and turning as much. You should working out at least 6 hours before you go to sleep or in the morning. An added bonus is that morning workouts give you energy for the entire day.

Tip 3. Find The Right Temperature

I find that it’s nearly impossible to get to sleep when I am too hot. I get really uncomfortable, start to sweat and then think about how uncomfortable I am for hours. You should try making sure your room is less than 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 Celsius) in order for you to have optimal chances of getting to sleep.

You should also make sure your sheets and bedding are not going to make you too hot. For example, silk sheets are my best friend, but I can’t sleep in fleece. On the flip side of this, you should also make sure you’re not too cold, because you can’t shiver your way to restful slumber!

Tip 4. Get Rid of Light

In my bedroom, if I have even a battery charger light shining, then there is no way I’m getting to sleep. If you have any light shining in your bedroom, then try to get rid of it. Put tape over charging lights, make sure your blinds are closed and do anything else possible to make your room really dark. This could be the answer to your insomnia nightmare, and you may not even realize it!

Tip: Black-out curtains are great investments if you currently have curtains that don’t block out the lights. These can even save you money because they keep out hot and cold air.

Tip 5. Get the Pets Off the Bed

If you have pets that sleep in your bed, then you need to change this right away. I used to sleep with two cats and had a hard time getting to sleep and staying asleep because I was always scared of kicking them. Finally I got them a cat bed to sleep on and I can let me legs fly free. Try this out with your pets, especially if they take up a lot of room on your bed.

You might find that changing one of these things makes all the difference for you, but you could also need to change multiple things. Just know that you can get to bed, especially if you relax, change your environment and allow yourself to drift off. Although these tips can help you get to bed, they can also help you stay asleep. This will mean getting better quality of sleep, which is extremely important.

About Simple Dad

Steve is the founding editor of The Simple Dad. He has 3 crazy kids: 12 and 9 year old daughters and a 14 year old son. Married to his beautiful wife of 17 years, Alexandra.