It used to be quite the chore for me to fall asleep at night. I had no idea how to sleep faster and would often spend 2 or 3 hours (!!!) lying awake in bed. The more I stressed out about how long it was taking me to fall asleep, the longer it would take me to relax and actually get some sleep.
It was only after implementing a combination of the following 6 ways to sleep faster
These days, it only takes me about 15 to 20 minutes to fall asleep. The following is my recipe for sleeping faster (and better, too)…
1 – Wake Up Early & Avoid Naps
My tried and true way of making sure I sleep faster is to simply wake up early every day and avoid napping. For me, it really is as simple as that.
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Many people get tripped up on this one because they have good intentions and want to get up early. However, when the alarm goes off, the warm, comfy bed is too much to resist, so they blow off getting up early, which will only prolong the amount of time they spend trying to fall asleep that night.
If you want to make sure you sleep faster, give yourself that extra nudge to wake up early so that you’ll be genuinely sleepy at bedtime. A little planning ahead goes a long way. Repeat silently to yourself, “I want to wake up early.” Then wake up early.
If you find getting up early difficult, I wrote a blog post about how to wake up early in 5 simple steps.
A Word of Caution…
Keep in mind that you should avoid getting too exhausted by waking up too early or skimping on your hours of sleep. If you crash every night and fall asleep almost immediately upon going to bed, that is a sign you aren’t getting enough sleep.
When it comes to sleeping faster, yes, faster is better so you aren’t lying in bed at night frustrated, but you also shouldn’t be falling asleep too fast. I’ve found that taking 15 to 30 minutes to fall asleep after getting into bed is a happy medium.
2 – Take a Magnesium Supplement
My secret weapon for how to sleep faster is none other than magnesium.
If you can’t fall asleep quickly (or at all in some cases) despite the fact that you are tired, magnesium deficiency might be the culprit. I didn’t believe this to be true until I decided to try taking a magnesium supplement after feeling frustration from intense insomnia for a couple of months
I noticed that when I started taking the correct type of magnesium supplement (yes, there is a correct type called magnesium glycinate), I began feeling more relaxed overall. The time I spent falling asleep at night drastically decreased after I upped my magnesium intake.
Avoid magnesium citrate because it is essentially a laxative. Do you know that clear glass bottle on the laxative aisle at the pharmacy? That stuff is magnesium citrate, but they also sell it in supplement form.
Many people buy the mag citrate supplement because it’s a little bit cheaper than mag glycinate, but I think you can understand why that won’t be helpful here (unless you’re constipated). 🙂 Take magnesium glycinate only!
Prior to taking a magnesium supplement, I was often spending hours (yes, hours!) trying to fall asleep at night. After just 2 days of taking two 100 mg magnesium tablets twice per day (400 mg total per day), I consistently started falling asleep within 15 to 20 minutes of going to bed.
I am so very grateful to the person who suggested that I try a magnesium supplement. It seemed irrelevant to my sleep problems at the time, but my sleep hasn’t been the same since! Taking a good magnesium glycinate supplement is truly how to sleep faster.
Magnesium is one of the body’s essential calming electrolytes (along with calcium and potassium). Most people in the Western world are magnesium deficient, which can cause many different health issues – two of which are commonly insomnia and anxiety.
BTW – most people are potassium deficient, too, but that’s a whole other issue that I won’t cover here. Check out Dr. Berg if you want to learn more about potassium deficiency.
3 – Give Yourself the Spa Treatment Before Bedtime
Taking a hot bath or shower an hour or two before bedtime followed by a nice foot massage is often my go-to bedtime routine. It really helps me wind down, relax, and you guessed it – sleep faster.
For the foot massage, I don’t ever have to ask someone else to massage my feet. I do it myself because I have this awesome mint essential oil cream that works a treat.
Click the link here if you want to check it out on Amazon, which is where I get it from. It’s a great price because a little bit of cream goes a long way. I use that same tube for months – even if I use it twice per day (which I don’t always do).
Essential oil blends specifically designed to help you sleep are great, too – like this one on Amazon.
For my face and around my eyes, I use a small dab of this stuff, which doubles as a relaxing botanical face cream as well as a moisturizing wrinkle-fighting retinoid. Because I only use a tiny, tiny bit of this cream each night, I’m finding that it lasts longer than expected. Shockingly, I’m really pleased with this face cream. For the record, I think most face creams suck and aren’t worth the money, but this one is top notch. Just thought I’d share…
4 – Reduce or Eliminate EMFs from Your Bedroom
This one might seem like a stretch to some people, but I am convinced that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) interfere with my sleep. I have learned how to sleep faster simply by removing all of my electronic devices from my bedroom – except for my sunrise wake up light alarm, which I moved far across the room so it’s not right next to my head.
You probably can’t get rid of all forms of EMFs from your bedroom and the vicinity, but you can, at a minimum, remove your cell phone, tablet, computer, wi-fi router, cordless telephones, and the TV – and you can probably rearrange your bed so that your head is at least 4 feet from the nearest electrical outlet.
According to Dr. Mercola, EMFs could very well be the reason you can’t fall asleep fast. The Mercola video below by Vicki Warren of Bau-Biologie explains why and how EMFs could be affecting our health and how to create the ideal sleeping sanctuary:
5 – Soundproof Your Bedroom
If you live in a city or an otherwise loud environment, soundproofing your bedroom might be the best way to sleep faster. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. Even just some simple soundproof curtains like these can make a big difference.
I’ve found that the Nicetown brand works best for my windows, budget, and personal taste because they have tons of sizes and colors at very reasonable prices.
I live in an apartment in Los Angeles, so I have these on all my windows – not just in the bedroom, and my living space is so much quieter these days.
Other Soundproofing Options to Help You Sleep Faster
Or, you could go with some original soundproofing methods like this very affordable yet high-quality white noise machine or, heck, even simple noise canceling earplugs.
Just FYI – the sunrise
The truth is anything that gives you a nice quiet sleep environment will do the job to help you sleep faster. A quiet bedroom equates to falling asleep faster, so give any of the above tactics a try.
6 – Practice Yoga Nidra
If you want to know how to sleep faster and more deeply and truly relax in record time, try yoga
There is a well-known rumor that just 30 minutes of yoga nidra is equal to 2 hours of proper deep sleep. Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments.
I prefer the guided yoga
Final Question to Consider: What do you think about when trying to fall asleep?
That’s the problem most people have, in fact. Their minds are too active, and that is what prevents them from falling asleep in a timely manner. The key to learning how to sleep faster is to think about nothing at all. Just let go and relax!