Sleeping may seem like a natural occurrence that happens effortlessly, but every now and then, falling asleep, staying asleep, and getting enough sleep feel like a task that people often struggle with, especially in this pandemic.
Sometimes, we treat sleep more like a luxury, especially when everything else around us feels more important. There are deadlines to be met, petitions we have to sign, new laws to question, and news we have to keep up with. However, we can’t neglect the fact that we need at least eight hours of sleep for our bodies to function properly.
The effects of sleep deprivation come gradually, but a 2011 study shows that lack of sleep can affect your immune system, and eventually, it can also impact your physical, mental, and emotional health, too.
To help your sleeping habits, we listed down effective ways that can help you fall asleep easier at night.
Trying new scents can help refresh the mind and help you unwind. That’s why aromatherapy is a thing; it’s a method for modifying sleep and mood. According to a study, lavender scents promote sleep and relaxation. Try lavender essential oils and put a few drops in a diffuser or rub it on your wrist or temple.
Listen to sounds
Listening to sounds like water droplets and whispers can help block the noise that you have no control over. You can also try podcasts or book audios help, too. And if you’re a fan of Harry Styles like me, then the Calm app recently collaborated with Harry for a 40-minute audio in Sleep Stories. Now, who wouldn’t want to dream with Harry Styles talking quietly in your ear?
Limit screen time
Using your gadgets at night can keep you awake, it can also disrupt your sleep. If you’re the type of person who gets distracted easily with notifications, then it’s best to stop using your phones, tablets, video games, and TV at least an hour before bedtime. Instead, use that time to read a book, prepare your tasks for the next morning, do your skincare, or finish your homework.
However, if you can’t control yourself from using your phone, there’s one way to do it…if you’re ready to commit. Set a screen time limit on your most-used apps so that way, you won’t have any choice but to stop using them.
Keep a strict schedule
Another effective way to break the habit of sleeping late is to keep a strict sleeping schedule. Try to wake up early the next morning by setting your alarm, do not take naps longer than twenty minutes within the day, and gradually go to bed earlier. When you establish that strict schedule, your body will eventually adapt and it will become a regular routine in no time.