I used to really struggle to fall asleep, my mind would race and I would just be staring at the ceiling for hours not knowing what to do with myself, getting more and more frustrated.
Now though, I can fall asleep pretty easily by changing a few habits before bed time.
1. Turn Off the Tech
Now I know you have heard this thousands of times before but I can promise you it really works. I turn off everything at least half an hour before I go to sleep. If I do stay up late on my phone and try to sleep straight away afterwards my mind buzzes. Its so strange, I feel like I have static in my mind and it takes so long to settle down.
Now I pick up a book and read for half an hour and that usually makes my eyes heavy so I have no choice but to put it down and close my eyes. Do not ignore this tip, I know so many people do and still moan that they can’t sleep, it's so important and makes a huge difference.
2. Bed is for 2 Things
And neither of these things are lying down and worrying. Before my depression took its hold again obviously I didn't lie down and worry as much as I have in the past but now that I am feeling down again I have banned it from my bed because I know how much it can keep you up.
If I am feeling super down I make myself get out of bed and feel this somewhere else. This means that I can only lie down and try to sleep with a restful mind, without worrying. If I really am struggling to get my mind at rest and really do need to return to my bed then I meditate.
I like to use a guided meditation and put it on my phone to listen to at a really low volume, almost so low that I have to try quite hard to listen and take the words in. This keeps my mind away from the bad thoughts. I like to do the meditations where you make yourself aware of each part of your body slowly from your toes to the top of your head. Again it puts you in the present and promotes mindfulness.
So these are all tips I have tried myself and still so to help me sleep. Have tou tried anything that has worked incredibly for you too?