10. Get Out of Bed
Although it sounds counterintuitive, giving up the fight to fall asleep is often one of the most effective tactics. Instead of tossing and turning and staring at the clock, just get out of your bed and do something relaxing, like reading under low light or whatever it might be to help you feel drowsy.
Then go back to bed, and repeat as needed until you fall asleep. The goal is to distract yourself from your anxiety, whether it’s life stress or simply the nerves that come with having issues falling asleep.
11. Take a Warm Bath or Shower
A warm soak has long since been known as a remedy after a long day. But did you know that taking a warm bath or shower is shown to help you fall asleep faster?
Next time you think you might be up counting sheep, step into the tub for a nice and relaxing soak. Taking time for a hot bath or shower can also improve your quality of sleep — even during warm weather.
12. Lower the Temperature
Your body temperature changes as you fall asleep. Your body cools down when you lie down and warms up when you get up. If your room is too warm, you might have a hard time falling asleep. Setting your thermostat to a cool temperature between 60–67°F (15.6–19.4°C) could help.
Individual preferences will vary, so find the temperature that works best for you.
13. Put Socks On
If you’re struggling to fall asleep and don’t know why, you might be getting cold feet — literally. When your feet are cold, your blood vessels constrict, causing less blood to circulate and sending signals to your brain to stay awake.
Putting on a pair of socks before bed can help the blood vessels in your feet dilate, sending signals to your brain that it’s time for some sweet dreams.