How To Relax Before Bed

Insomnia is an issue that many people struggle with; in fact, studies suggest that around fifty percent of adults in the United States will have insomnia at least once in their lives, and some suffer from it as a chronic condition (around ten percent).

Although insomnia can be a symptom of other conditions – and if it becomes chronic (that is, you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep for at least three nights in a row), you should definitely make an appointment to see your doctor – it’s worth trying to tackle it yourself, especially if it’s just one night that is proving difficult. The top thing to do is to relax more before bed, and although this sounds easy, it isn’t always that simple. With that in mind, here are some ways you can relax before bed to help you sleep.

Go Out

Sometimes, there’s nothing for it, and it’s just impossible to sleep. When that happens, it’s hard to know what to do – you can’t just toss and turn in bed all night waiting for sleep to come. You’ll get more and more frustrated, and that means it’s even less likely you’ll get to sleep.

One option that might help is to go out. Depending on what time of night it is, you might go to a bar or club and invite friends or perhaps find a date from Bedford Escorts to go with you. Or, perhaps you could see a movie or just take a drive around. Getting out and forgetting about sleep for a couple of hours, as well as getting some fresh air, can help to make you feel more relaxed, so that by the time you get back home, you’re ready for bed. 

Switch Off All Tech

Tech is all around us, and whether it’s in the form of TV, your tablet or phone, or your laptop and the internet, it’s something that can often form the basis of a nightly routine. Many of us watch TV until it’s time for bed, for example, and then, when we get into bed, we might start scrolling through our phones or even watch a video – some feel this helps them get off to sleep.

The truth is that this is all detrimental to a good night’s sleep. Not only does it mean that your brain doesn’t get to shut down before bedtime, meaning you feel more awake, but the blue light that these screens emit will confuse your circadian rhythm and make it hard for you to sleep. Ideally, remove all tech from your bedroom and try to stop watching TV an hour before bed, and you’ll be able to relax much more.

Read A Book

If you find it hard to get to sleep and you usually either lie awake feeling frustrated or resort to screens, which we’ve already discussed is a bad idea, why not read a book? Get comfortable in bed and pick a good book, perhaps one you’ve read before, so it feels comforting and familiar. When you read, you can escape into the story, and your stress levels will reduce, ensuring it’s easier to fall asleep.

Given the issue with screens already mentioned, it’s best to choose a physical book rather than an eReader if you can.