Staring at the dark ceiling just hoping your body will fall into a slumber only to be bawling hours later because of frustration. I want to assure you that you are not alone, in fact over 30% of people worldwide will experience insomnia throughout any given year.
Here are three quick tips to help aid you in the quest to grab some shut eye.
1. Listen To Relaxing Piano Music
Often when our mind is moving a hundred miles per hour, peaceful piano music can transport you into slumberland. Why? The sounds each key makes tends to draw you into the melody which causes your mind to take a pause from what it is thinking about and slowly send you into a refreshing sleep. This method is similar to singing babies to sleep with a lullaby; it's comforting.
2. Turn Off Screens
No matter the brightness of a screen whether it be your television or smart phone, the light signals daytime alertness immediately. Find a book, or drink a glass of milk outside while you watch the stars at least ninety minutes before bedtime.
3. Turn On The Air
A cooler temperature can trigger what I like to call the snuggle gene. Essentially, you wrap up in a warm blanket on a soft mattress, but your nose is still cold which signals sleepy time.
The last thing you want to do is count sheep. Some theories have shown by counting sheep you activate your mind, and that can keep you awake. The best way to fight insomnia is exercise to wear out your body and continue in a meditation state. If you are still having trouble falling asleep, it is okay to talk to your healthcare provider to see if there is an underlying health condition you may need to be aware of.