The secret to a good night’s rest is falling asleep faster. Falling asleep faster means more time to snooze and leave you feeling refreshed when you wake up.
Dr. Michael Breus informs on ways to fall asleep faster and why they work so well. Here are a couple of tips and tricks to fall asleep faster.
Dr. Breus says he’s probably one of the only doctors in the world to recommend falling asleep leaving the TV on and explains that people don’t really watch TV but rather listen to the audio. When people watch to listen to TV this can help ease their mind while letting someone focus on other things, lowering their level of anxiety and allows you to fall asleep.
Dr. Breus says that what you think of before you fall asleep can have an effect on your ability to fall asleep and your dreams. He also stresses how important it is to stop worrying before going to bed and recommends practicing using a gratitude journal.
Dr. Breus recommends starting to journal before bed about all the things you’re grateful in your life and this will help you to think about the positive while focusing less on the negative so you won’t be worrying while falling asleep.
Another suggestion is a worry journal that you can do 1-2 hours before going to bed where you journal what is worrying you along with a couple of solutions to fix the problem. Having a plan to tackle something that is bothering you will help lower anxiety levels through a beneficial exercise.
Dr. Breus also offers insight into the counting back routine. Think of it as counting sheep, counting backwards from 300 for every three numbers (300, 297, 294, 291…)
This technique is supposed to trick your mind into focusing on counting while distracting from other things and Dr. Breus says it’s so boring you’ll fall asleep eventually.