Whether your mind is buzzing, something outside woke you up, your pet pounced on you, or you woke up to go to the bathroom but are now wide awake—these tips will help you get back to sleep.
Blink Your Eyes
There are two blinking techniques to try. The first is to blink rapidly 100 times to mimic the rapid eye movement (REM) that occurs while you sleep. The second technique is to close your eyes for 5 seconds, then open for about 1 second. This will signal your body to rest.
Listen To Something Soothing
Soothing sounds can help you relax and focus on rest. You have multiple options to choose from so find what works for you. Consider:
- Sounds of nature
- Binaural beats
- A sleep story
- A guided meditation
If you enjoy meditating, meditate before bed, or just take 10 slow and deep belly breaths. Inhale through your nose for a count of 5, filling up your belly. Then exhale through your mouth for a count of 5, fully emptying your belly. This will relax your body from the inside out.
I keep a lavender pillow spray in my nightstand to use anytime I feel like it, but particularly when I’m stressed out or can’t sleep. Lavender is the most popular aromatherapy for sleep, but it’s not your only option.
Here’s to a relaxing night of rest!