3 Ways To Fall Asleep Naturally

Does your nightly bedroom ritual involve you staring at your bedroom’s ceiling for hours on end wondering why in the world you are still awake? If so, it is time you do something about it. Having a hard time falling or staying asleep is not just a minor inconvenience. Sleep disorders always result in sleep deprivation, which you may have realized can negatively affect your work, social life and overall health and well-being.

There is a reason we spend a third of our lives asleep. But far from being a waste of time as some people might think, sleep is the time that our body undergoes repair and detoxification. It also involves a whole raft of other important functions like restoring our physical energy and cognitive function, sustaining our immune and nervous system, as well as helping manage our weight and hormones.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, at least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders and 20 million more experience occasional sleeping problems. If you are one of those 60 million people, try some of these tried and tested natural sleep remedies according to the National Sleep Foundation.

3. Manage Your Cat Naps

According to the Mayo Clinic, although taking an hour-long snooze mid-day can have some benefits, it does not apply for everyone. The experts at the National Sleep Foundation suggests 10-30 minutes of nap time for improved alertness and performance; any longer that that can induce sleep inertia, which can cause disorientation and grogginess. Furthermore, taking a nap at the “wrong” time of day can affect the quality of your sleep and can lead to difficulty in sleeping or a tendency to wake sporadically throughout the night. For example, taking a nap in the early evening can throw off your natural sleep patterns. On the other hand, taking a quick nap during your morning commute to work or a power nap after lunch break can greatly improve your alertness and mood.