Pretty much everybody has had difficulty sleeping at one time or another, whether it was because their regular sleep schedule got thrown off balance, because they were dealing with another life event such as a newborn, or because they were dealing with an increased amount of stress or depression.
Unfortunately, it can be hard to get to sleep if you’re dealing with these issues, especially if it’s your own body that refuses to relax and let you get the rest you need.
There have been plenty of sleep remedies used over the year, from herbal concoctions to counting sheep.
Let’s take a look at 5 such remedies that, while a little unconventional, can do a lot in helping you get the rest that you deserve.
1. Plan Out Your Day
I bet you’ve been here before – you go throughout your day, taking care of work and chores and other necessities, but when bedtime comes, you still have a mountain of things to do. Sound familiar? It happens to the best of us, and it can be hard to get to bed knowing you still have a ton of things that need doing.
Try planning out your day to ensure that you get the most important tasks done early on. Even if you have a few things leftover, knowing that they can wait until tomorrow can ensure you get your shuteye.
2. Keep Things Cool
The temptation to bundle up under the covers in your favorite pajamas can be hard to turn down, but did you know that raising your body temperature can interrupt your sleep?
That’s because your body temperature needs to be on the low side to produce melatonin, the hormone that gets you to sleep. Use a thin blanket, wear thin pajamas, or even sleep naked to ensure you’re staying cool enough to get the rest you need.