You wake up in the middle of the night only to find that you can not fall back asleep. So, what can you do.
1. Cover Up Any Light: Light can stimulate your brain and light can interfere with a good nights rest, so cover up any lights where you sleep. The other option is wearing an eye mask while you sleep. But, even the tiniest bit of light can keep you awake.
2. Don’t Check Your Devices: It might be tempting to check your iPhone, iPad or other devices, but again they admit light and stimulate the brain. Instead use your imagination and pick an activity you enjoy, then go through that activity step by step. For example, imagine yourself playing golf and think about each step it takes to play.
3. Focus on Your Breath: Listening to the sounds of your breath and placing your mind’s focus on breathing can help your mind relax as well as your body. It can also help quiet your thoughts that might be keeping you up.
4. Read: Reading something that bores you or relaxes you. Reading can be a great way to fall back asleep fast. I don’t recommend turning on the TV, or getting up out of bed. Stay in bed, keep the lights as low as possible and do a little reading to help you ease back into a sleepy state.
I hope these quick tips help you fall back asleep fast. It’s not fun tossing and turning in the middle of the night when you know you have to get up the next morning.
If you are struggling to get a good nights sleep and this persists, please reach out to your primary care doctor or another health professional. There are other solutions that include non-medicated options, supplements or a prescription medication that will help.
Here’s to a Good Nights Rest,
Dr. Jennie Byrne