No matter how hard you may try, falling asleep might be one of the most difficult things even after a long day. You may have tried everything, including drinking sleepy tea, counting sheep, and listening to ambient music, but nothing seems to work.
It’s hard to fall asleep for many people, but there are some options you may have never thought of that are proven to help you get a good night’s rest. Some of these tips may have slipped your mind but they might be the missing answer to all your problems!
Visit a Therapist
Therapists aren’t only helpful if you’re going through something mentally. They can also help you figure out why you are having problems falling asleep. Many therapists also can explain Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. This technique involves creating a relaxing environment before bed. It has actually been most helpful for those with insomnia or who just have some trouble falling asleep.
Try Different Pajamas
Have you ever taken a moment to think that your pajamas might actually be the reason why you can’t fall asleep? If you’re still wearing old t-shirts or thicker fabric PJ shorts to bed, you will find yourself tossing and turning rather than relaxing. The often unnoticeable scent of very old clothing makes it difficult to relax in bed. You think you probably can’t get to sleep without these old t-shirts or PJ shirts, but they very likely might be the problem! Try to buy new cotton PJs that are lightweight and breathable, especially for warmer summer nights. You won’t get too hot and sticky in bed and can breathe in the fresh scent of 100% clean cotton. If that doesn’t put you to bed, try lighting a fresh clean cotton candle to take any unwelcome odors out of the bedroom. You may even consider giving percale a shot. Percale is any cotton woven with a 200 thread count or higher and is more durable than a cotton satin of the same thread count. It’s also less likely to pill than cotton satin due to its denser weave.
Buy a Different Mattress
The mattress you own might not be firm or soft enough and could be causing your terrible time. Head to your local mattress store to test-drive a few beds. Try some that are really firm and some that are really soft. See how they compare to the mattress you sleep on now. If you feel more comfortable on something from the store, make the investment and switch it out for a newer bed.
If you consistently have trouble sleeping but feel like you’ve tried every option, there might still be other things you haven’t given a shot. Consider talking with a therapist, switching out your pajamas, or trading out your mattress for a new one.