Insomnia can take such a toll on your life.
Not being able to fall asleep unfortunately is common nowadays, and it negatively impacts the way you function during the day.
You can’t be expected to wake up in the morning feeling refreshed, ready to take on the day’s challenges, if you were up late into the night tossing and turning.
Let me share with you this simple way to fall asleep faster, and in no time, you’ll have successful days and restful nights once again.
For those who suffer from insomnia, you’re no stranger to not being able to fall asleep, or to stay asleep.
It’s approximated that over 3 million people have difficulty going to sleep at night.
That makes for a lot of groggy drivers and overpriced cups of coffee.
But what else do we sacrifice when our bodies don’t get the sleep they need?
Countless consequences come from sleep deprivation, ranging from headaches, to constant fatigue, or even long-term side effects.
When we focus on what controls our ability to go to sleep, the answers lie in the brain.
Other important functions in our brain include literally everything: from breathing to feeling to digesting to thinking. Without proper rest, our brain is too tired to do all of these things as well as it should.
We also give up things that would impact us professionally, or personally.
Going into a morning meeting with nothing coming from your mouth but yawns damages your reputation, and even your ability to make helpful contributions at work.
Snoozing through your child’s recount of their day at school causes you to miss out on important moments you should cherish.
Being productive throughout the day is a skittish accomplishment. It requires conscious effort to keep yourself on track and on task.
But when your brain is lagging behind because you stared at the ceiling for three hours last night, it comes time to say enough is enough.
Keeping yourself on a natural and healthy sleep schedule is integral to being successful in your daily life.
Now, you’re probably wondering how I suggest you do that.
If you have suffered from a sleeping problem, like insomnia, chances are you’re no stranger to herbal teas, nighttime meditation practices, going technology-free in the hours before bedtime, or other popular techniques.
While those things may exhibit the potential to give your brain the rest it needs, none of them tap into the source of your sleeping center.
In order to fall asleep when you want (or need) to, you have to fight the problem at its source.
To do that, first you have to know the term sleep hygiene.
Sleep hygiene is the ways you prepare yourself and your environment before going to sleep.
While it may sound ridiculous, having good sleep hygiene can play a huge role in the quality and duration of sleep.
You see where I’m going with this…?
In order to go to sleep when you want, you have to promote good sleep hygiene.
This includes waking up and going to bed around the same times every day.
Your body likes consistency.
In this battle, we’re up against your brain to get much-needed sleep. You have to concede on going to bed and getting up on a schedule (even on weekends) to get what you want.
You also should consider avoiding caffeine or alcohol prior to bedtime, turning off electronic devices, and being physically active during the day.
The last tip I have for you to improving your sleep hygiene (and therefore your whole life) is to add a well-timed shower or bath to your evening.
I know that sounds weird, and it’s not just because we’re talking about hygiene.
Studies show that timing a shower or bath with water temperatures between 104 to 109 degrees Fahrenheit improve overall sleep quality, and help you fall asleep on average 10 minutes faster.
Think about how good it feels to snooze your alarm for 10 minutes in the morning; they make a difference!
Because your sleep is determined by circadian rhythms (your sleep-wake cycle), it’s regulated by temperature.
Your body temperature naturally drops in the morning and the evenings, when you’re supposed to transition between asleep and awake.
To stimulate that transition, AKA put yourself to sleep, you have to raise your body temperature, hence the warm shower or bath.
So, there you have it.
If you’ve been searching for the key to getting a full night’s sleep and changing your life for the better, the answer has been hiding in your shower all along.