The Sleep Tricks Your Doctor Never Told You

by Terri Castro

When it comes to sleeping, I am the absolute worst. I toss and turn, and end up scrolling on Instagram till its 4 am and I have to get up at 7 for work. It is a struggle that I have been dealing with for years now. So much so, when I developed chronic migraines, my doctor told me getting a good nights sleep is a must. He gave me some tips for a better nights rest, and I discovered some on my own that work perfectly for me. So, I have come up with my five best tips for falling asleep during your most restless nights.

1. Take melatonin

Melatonin is an awesome all natural sleep inducing product. Melatonin knocks me out and helps me have a good nights sleep. The only thing I see as a problem with melatonin is that sometimes I will wake up really groggy and tired. When this happens, I lower my dosage and sometimes even split a tablet in half for the effect of melatonin without the groggy morning. There are lots of different products out there that are infused with melatonin such as these melatonin vaporizers for example: My recommendation? Melatonin is found in OLLY Restful Sleep gummies. They keep me from waking up groggy and help me sleep better! However, melatonin is not always the best for everyone so it is worth doing your research. Sometimes it just does not work for people and sometimes it can have quite big side effects on people. For many, CBD oil is a better solution as it can also help with any stress or aches/pains from every day life too. You can click here to find out more about this as it is always a good idea to research before making a decision on what is best for you.

2. Listen to something

Sometimes I cannot sleep when it is just silent. My brain wonders, and I cannot just let my mind go blank for me to fall asleep. When this happens, I turn on something to listen to. I made a sleep playlist consisting of slow and peaceful songs that helps me pass out. I also listen to soothing nature sounds that help me relax and get a good nights rest. Another option is listening to a sleep podcast. Personally, I alternate through these 3 things to fall asleep, and they all work great for me!

3. Invest in nice bedroom accessories

When comfortable, I can sleep. If not, I toss and turn, flip my pillows, and fiddle with blankets throughout the night. In order to get comfortable and look forward to sleep, I invested in nice pillows and a comfy, cool, comforter. You can invest in your own high quality bedding to improve your sleep, through companies like Leesa, who have your best interests in mind. Also, sleep in something comfortable to you that suits your preferences. Making your bed a comfortable environment will help you get that good nights rest you need. You should also make sure that you feel relaxed before you get into bed and have forgotten the days trials and tribulations. If you have had a long, hard day on your feet then a good bedroom accessory to get is a foot massage machine. They are a great way to get relaxed before you sleep.

4. Make the climate comfortable

In order for me to sleep, I have to black out my room and have the room cold. However, some people might like a warm environment with a light on. Make your sleep environment comfortable to you and your preferences. If you cannot sleep when the room is hot, invest in a fan or turn up your air conditioning. If you cannot sleep in the cold, invest in a nice cozy Personalized Photo Blanket, or turn off the a/c. Do something to make your climate comfortable for you and your body, and sleep will come naturally.

5. Only associate your bed with sleep

This is the toughest thing for me. I constantly lay in bed and just scroll on my phone or watch Netflix until I want to go to sleep. But, after this, I often cannot sleep. Like, at all. So, I started only associating my bed with sleep. Instead of lying in bed on my phone, I moved to my couch to relax and destress. When I get tired, I move to my bed, put my phone away, and try to sleep. Associating my bed with sleep helps train my body, helps my mind associated my bed with sleep, not scrolling through Insta.

Sleep can be hard, but there is always a solution to getting your best nights rest! Try some of these options and see what works for you. Also, do not be afraid to experiment on your own to try to find something that works for you. Goodnight and Sweet Dreams!

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