Although sleep plays a big role in a number of the body’s essential functions, more than 60 million Americans regularly struggle to fall asleep at night. Sometimes sleep deprivation has an external cause, such as a loud noise violently waking you up in the middle of the night or being given a work assignment that requires you to work through the night in order to meet a tight deadline. More commonly though, people struggle to fall asleep at night because of certain lifestyle choices. For example, if you decide to check Twitter while settling down for bed, the bright light emanating from your tablet or smart phone screen will signature your brain that its morning and you need to be alert as possible.
This Good Relaxation article talks about different techniques you can use to fall asleep easier. For instance, if you choose to read a few chapters of the book before bed instead of updating your social media feeds, you’ll find it much easier to drift off to sleep. Another way to ensure that you get the recommended 8 to 9 hours sleep a night is to make changes to your eating habits. Since it takes human body about six hours to metabolize caffeine, it’s a good idea to avoid sodas or energy drinks in the evening so that you’ll be less mentally stimulated when trying to fall asleep.
Read the full article here: 10 Ways To Turn Off Your Mind Before Bed