As we get older, getting a good night’s sleep becomes more and more difficult. In fact, counting sheep to enter dream land doesn’t seem to work anymore. Although there are several tips available to combat insomnia, such as getting plenty of exercise, keeping the bedroom cool, drinking a warm glass of milk, and so on; these tips don’t really work for some people at all.
That’s why we have gathered a ‘new generation’ of sleep hacks. These are unconventional ways that will help you feel sleepy in no time. Before you know it, you’re already sleeping like a log.
1. Munch on Something
A lot would raise their eyebrows upon reading this– well, you better not. Research shows that eating a small portion of food that contains carbohydrates combined with protein or calcium, can help you enjoy a good night’s sleep. These food combos improve the production of serotonin– a brain chemical that’s responsible for calming us down. The perfect time to eat these foods would be an hour before retiring to bed.
2. Stay Put and Don’t Move
If we’re going to rely on conventional wisdom, it has been mentioned that if you find it difficult to sleep, then you should just get out of bed and do something else. However, if you’re going to ask us, we believe that it’s better if you’ll just keep lying in bed between the sheets and practice deep breathing. You can also try visualization exercises until you feel sleepy.
3. Drink Coffee
Most would say that caffeine is the number one enemy of those who are trying to sleep. We beg to disagree, and there’s a UK study to support that. Studies show that those who drink 1-2 cups of coffee usually feel sleepy after finishing the last drop, and once they wake up, they can feel more energized and awake.
4. Trust Your Smell
There are some scents that could help you fall asleep. This includes ylang ylang and chamomile. Try to mix a few drops of essential oil and water in a spray bottle, and spray it on your pillow.
If you’re not aware, the color of your bedroom walls could actually help in turning your sanctuary into a sleep haven. There are some colors that could inspire you to stay active, while there are some that promotes drowsiness. For example, white is one of the colors to avoid because it curbs melatonin. A hormone that balances the sleep-wake cycle. The colors, such as brown and navy blue are some of the colors that promote better sleep.
6. Say No to Milk, Yes to Cherry Juice
Considering the fact that cherry juice is rich in melatonin, it could actually help you feel a little more sleepy. That said, the next time you visit the grocery store, instead of grabbing a carton of milk, opt for a bottle of cherry juice instead.
7. Mind Games
Never underestimate the power of your mind and imagination– these two can help you fall asleep. Try to imagine that the day is over, you’re tired, and nothing is better than lying in bed. A comfy bed might be just what you need to feel sleepy.