There are some people who can fall asleep anywhere, at any time. Bright lights and loud noises don’t bother them. The time of day or night isn’t an issue. How much caffeine they had during the day has no bearing on their ability to sleep. And these people wake up totally energized and ready to go.
Most human beings aren’t like this. It’s not obvious why some people can fall asleep any time in any place — it could be learned behavior, genetics, or some combination of the two.
Falling asleep too easily could also be a sign of a health issue. People with narcolepsy — that’s a condition characterized by excessive sleepiness, among other things — can fall asleep super easily, but find themselves exhausted even after the recommended nightly hours of sleep (or more).
Some people who have sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome may find themselves falling asleep very quickly, also. But is there anything we can learn from totally healthy people who sleep really easily? Or is it just the luck of the draw?
Here are a few tips from professionals that are guaranteed to help you feel sleepier and start snoozing quickly – whether you’re in your own bed or elsewhere.
Make sure your body is physically tired.
If you work in a sedentary job, you may find that your mind is exhausted at the end of the day — but your body isn’t. Start incorporating workouts into your routine, or taking long walks in the evening.
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Set aside time for your heavy thinking.
Do you find yourself lying awake at night making lists and planning for the next day? “A better approach would be [to] take some time in the evening to work through the day, make lists to do tomorrow and clear your mental desktop of the stuff that you still have to think about,” Michael A. Grandner, Ph.D., instructor of psychiatry at the Behavioral Sleep Medicine program at the University of Pennsylvania told the Huffington Post. “Then, get into bed.”
Set up your bedroom for optimal sleep success.
Make your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet. Keep electronic screens off at night, and only use your bed for sleeping and sex.
Establish a bedtime routine.
Figure out what relaxes you and gets you ready to sleep. That could be a hot shower, reading a book, meditating, changing into pajamas, drinking a cup of hot herbal tea, the list goes on. Try a few different things to see what works for you.
[Editor’s Note: The information provided should not be considered a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a sleep doctor or other medical expert if you have questions related to your own health.]
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Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.