5 Natural Ways To Fall Asleep In Under 15 Minutes (You’ll Love #2!)
Let’s be honest. Not being able to sleep, sucks.
Tossing and turning, staring at the clock, counting down the hours and minutes until your alarm goes off; these are all things we’d like to avoid. Not to mention the groggy, low-energy days that follow. Left unchecked, insomnia and other sleep troubles can harm our mood, our health, our relationships and our overall quality of life.
Even if you don’t suffer from a diagnosed sleep disorder, you could be someone who works shifts, and your sleep pattern is varied and irregular? Or you travel a lot, and often have to adjust to new sleep environments and time zones? Whatever your situation may be, it’s estimated that over 70 million American’s experience frequent trouble sleeping, so knowing some simple ways to drift off faster is an extremely useful tool to have in your arsenal.
As with everything Organica, we also want to make sure we can help you out by providing natural ways to fall asleep, not relying on medication or harmful ingredients to send us to snooze-ville. So, read on, and learn the 5 best, natural ways to fall asleep in under 15 minutes.
1. Welcome To The Dark Side
Now, it may sound obvious, but SO many people fail to do this one simple trick when they go to bed. Darkness. Full, complete, utter darkness. No streetlight’s sneaking through your curtains, no glow of an alarm clock, no hallway lamp creeping under the door frame. When we lay in complete darkness, our brains begin to release the necessary chemicals to send us to sleep, including Melatonin. When released, our bodies naturally relax, we begin to feel drowsy, and our body temperature drops – the body’s physiological preparations for sleep . Light exposure also messes up our circadian rhythm (the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle) which will throw off any hope we have of achieving our 8-hours of shut-eye.
Related: Read Everything You Need To Know About Your Circadian Rhythm, here.
2. Essential Oil Aromatherapy
A trick used for hundreds of years to induce the feelings of relaxation and rest, inhaling the right essential oils could be the key to unlocking the best sleep of your life. Lavender, in particular, has been widely known to aid sleep, as well as Bergamot, Chamomile and Cedarwood Oils. Why? Aromatherapy works on both an emotional and biochemical level, acting directly on the brain to induce sleep with chemicals and hormones. Our sense of smell is extremely powerful for memory recall, too, and if you associate a certain smell with sleep, it will continue to make you feel more relaxed.
Here at Organica, we have a wide range of sleep-promoting products that are packed full of not only one, but an abundance of carefully selected essential oils that have been scientifically proven to help you sleep. Our best-selling Dream Lotion works to calm the mind and body, and send you to sleep in just 10 minutes thanks to its unique blend of lavender, cedarwood, almond and bergamot oils! Find out more and get yours now by clicking this link!
3. The 4-7-8 Trick
First introduced by Dr. Andrew Weil, this innovative breathing technique is one of the easiest, yet most effective ways to fall asleep in minutes. He claims it can get you to drift off in 60 seconds, so try it for yourself tonight. Simply inhale through your nose for a count of 4, hold your breath gently for a count of 7, and then exhale slowly for another count of 8. Repeat a few times and you will instantly feel calm, relaxed, and ready to sleep. This technique of controlled breathing has been proven to calm the mind, and release feel-good endorphins to help you relax.
We’ve previously shared 4 breathing techniques to reduce anxiety and help you sleep in our blog. Check it out today to learn more!
4. Acupressure Points
Acupressure has been used for centuries to remedy a wide range of health issues, including insomnia. It’s chemical free, safe, natural, and once learned, can be used anywhere to help you fall asleep. There are a few major acupressure points that can be used to induce sleep. Firstly, find the small indent at the top of your nose, between your eyebrows. Apply light pressure to this point for one minute – you should feel more relaxed and ready for sleep. Secondly, there is a point on the sole of your foot which is known to induce sleepiness. Approximately one-third down from the tips of your toes. For more acupressure ideas, read this.
5. Helpful Herbs
A warm cup of chamomile tea is known to help us unwind, but do we really know WHY? Sleep-inducing herbs are an incredibly powerful way to send you to a deeper slumber, thanks to their soporific properties that trigger the release of Melatonin and other relaxing chemicals. If making a cup of tea at 3 am isn’t convenient, many herbs can now be taken in pill form, for a natural and safer alternative to sleeping pills. Valerian, passionflower, and chamomile are 3 highly effective herbs that will help you drift off, but for more information and herbal inspiration, you can check out our previous blog here!
Now that we’ve shared our best sleep-inducing advice, it’s down to you to give them a try! If you have any other effective ideas that you know to work, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and let us know. We hope you enjoy a deeper, more restful sleep with these simple hacks! And don’t forget, we have a whole heap of incredible and effective, natural sleep aids here at Organica.
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