Most of us have experienced a restless night of tossing and turning. Perhaps you have a big event the next day and can’t switch your brain off. Or maybe you slept in that morning and screwed up your body clock. Whatever the reason, there are a handful of tricks you can employ – backed by science – that will speed up the sandman’s Uber to your front door.
Interestingly, one proven hack is to get out of bed. This sounds counterintuitive, but according to the experts, frustratedly laying in bed can cause negative feelings toward where you sleep, which only compounds the problem. Instead, hit the couch and read a book for a while.
Another obvious (too obvious!) tip is to switch off your phone. Yes, we know apps and websites are addictive, but blue light really can trick your mind into thinking it’s daytime. Try to spend at least 30 minutes screen-free before bed.
You may also want to try something called ‘practiced relaxation’. The trick is to relax one part of your body at a time starting with your toes and working your way up. People are known to fall asleep before they reach their head.
For more scientific tips and tricks, check out the video above.
[Via Business Insider]