Let’s be honest; we all love a good, long sleep. There’s nothing better than waking up in the morning and feeling fully refreshed, without any bleary eyes or feeling confused, and without having to down a whole liter of coffee just to feel as though you’re not a complete zombie. While there are some people who manage to fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow, there are other people who aren’t so fortunate. Instead, they roll around in their beds for hours on end, tossing and turning, and wondering if they will ever sleep again. Luckily, this clever hack will help you fall asleep faster.
Why can’t you fall asleep?
We’ve all gone through stages of our lives where sleep just doesn’t come naturally to us. This might be something that happens once in a blue moon, or this might be something that happens on a nightly basis. But why is this? Well, there are many reasons why people don’t fall asleep as quickly as others. In today’s day and age, one of the main reasons for this is because we spend too much time on our phones or other electronic devices before getting our shut-eye. To naturally fall asleep, we need to be devoid of natural or unnatural light – because our body knows that when it is dark, it’s also time to sleep. When we stare at bright cell phone or iPad screens, we trick our body into thinking it’s the daytime. This is not ideal, especially when you are super tired. Sleeplessness may also have something to do with our caffeine intake, sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, or even just the fact that our brains can’t switch off.
How can you fall asleep?
When you have so many thoughts running around your head, it can often seem impossible to switch them off. You lay awake worrying about them, and sleep feels even further away. Thankfully, there is a clever hack to help you with this. Recently, a study has been published within the Journal of Experimental Psychology, which outlines an experiment whereby the researchers asked a group of 57 people to try something out just before they went to sleep. Half of the participants tried to go to sleep as normal, while the other half tried to go to sleep after writing down a to-do list for the next day. They found that those who wrote the to-do list fell asleep quicker than those who didn’t! By writing down these thoughts that buzz around, you can get them out of your mind and have a clear head ready for sleep. What could be better than that?
So, the solution is simple. If you find yourself struggling to get to sleep, grab yourself a paper and pen (not the Notes app on your phone), and write down everything that you need to do the next day, or everything that’s on your mind. If the study is correct, the results should be immediate. Happy sleeping!