How to Fall Asleep

One of the most important things to realize when searching for the answer of ‘how to fall asleep’, is understanding that sleep is a basic biologic need. Sleep is something that is needed by the body and mind for normal function.

Although there is much that we know about sleep, there are many more mysteries that exist about sleep.

Every person has a specific amount of sleep that they need. For most, it is eight hours. Some need more, and some need less. If you feel sleepy during the daytime, you probably are not getting enough quantity or quality of sleep.

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With so many individuals searching for the secret of how to fall asleep, we felt it beneficial to review a key recommendations for helping people to fall asleep more easily.

Recommendations for How to Fall Asleep:

  1. Have a ritual – go to bed at the same time. Wake up at the same time.
  2. Calm yourself before bedtime – Many enjoy yoga, a hot shower or bath, or listening to soothing music. Do something that relaxes you as part of your nightly ritual.
  3. Avoid things that will keep you awake – this includes avoiding alcohol and caffeine before bedtime. Don’t do exercise right before bedtime.
  4. Don’t watch TV or read in bed – you only want to associate your bed and bedroom with sleep
  5. While in bed, if you find yourself awake for more than 10 minutes, get out of bed and sit a chair until you are sleepy.
  6. Don’t stress out about not falling asleep. If you have a bad night, or find yourself awake for longer than expected, don’t be upset yourself.
  7. Realize that daytime naps with subtract some of the sleep pressure that you will have at night. Use then with caution if having difficulty sleeping at nighttime.

If you have difficulty falling asleep for more than a week, you may have insomnia. There are several causes of insomnia. There are several treatment options for insomnia. Most treatment plans involve cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-i), and following sleep hygiene recommendations.

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For more information and recommendations on tip to fall asleep, check out Sleep Hygiene Tips.

How to fall asleep when not tired:

  • Have a relaxing ritual like yoga or a warm shower

  • Have a bedroom that is conducive to sleep that is free from distractions

  • Follow good sleep hygiene

Realize that falling asleep is a natural, biologic process. You do not need a special substance or ‘trick’ to fall alseep. The need to sleep is ingrained in your DNA. Every person has a specific special amount of sleep that they require. You cannot force yourself to sleep if you have already slept enough. Similarly, you cannot sleep less than what your body requires. Trying to sleep more than what you need can actually lead to insomnia.

Need more help? Learn about these calming rituals to help you fall asleep faster.

Things that make it difficulty to fall asleep:

  • Stress

  • Caffeine including coffee, dark tea, soda

  • Nicotine – cigarettes and chewing tobacco

  • Alcohol

  • Other sleep disorders

American Sleep Association offers you sweet dreams to you as fall off to sleep.

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4 thoughts on “How to Fall Asleep

  1. I follow the sleep hygiene rules. They are very helpful in helping to fall asleep faster. One thing not mentioned in the article is to consider other health problems. Any disorder that causes pain will interfere with falling asleep. they should be addressed. Medications also can interfere with sleep.

  2. I am sometimes so sleep deprived i see thinga that a not there. Terrible pain in muscles and very distracted. Problem is dont know what to do about it.

  3. I can fall asleep, just can’t stay asleep, even with time release melatonin. I feel like I get up to per 4 or 5 times a night. This is miserable.

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