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July 20, 2016
YOU DON’T HAVE TO SUFFER from chronic insomnia to know what it’s like to have trouble falling asleep — it happens to everyone, and it’s no fun at all. As you watch the clock tick down the ever-diminishing amount of time you have left to catch some shut-eye before the alarm goes off, you may be wondering what, if anything, you could have done differently.
The thing about sleep — especially when it’s elusive — is that there aren’t many quick fixes. What you can do, however, is change your routine before bedtime to train your body to relax and be ready for rest. Here’s how to do it.
The whole point of developing a sleep routine is to maintain your natural sleep pattern and train your body to recognize when it’s time to slow down and rest. Some important things to help you sleep happen throughout the day: Good sleep hygiene is an all-day event.
Parents know experts recommend following the same routine each night when putting a child to bed. It helps the child to recognize that it’s time for sleeping. The same mental tricks work for adults. Choose a few of the following things to do in the hour before you turn out the light:
You don’t have to do all of these things to reap the benefits. Just choose the ones you find most relaxing and do them in the same order each and every night. Soon you’ll train your brain to be tired when you start your bedtime routine. With a little practice, you’ll find yourself stifling a yawn when you just think about starting your bedtime routine, and you’ll drop off to sleep with ease.