9 Surprising Ways to Fall Asleep Faster at Night

HEALTH  |  May 22, 2017
  • 1. Inhale through your left nostril
    1 / 9 1. Inhale through your left nostril

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    A study showed that breathing through your right nostril significantly increases blood glucose levels, while breathing through the left has the opposite effect, which lulls you into a state of calm. Lightly rest a finger on your right nostril to close it so you only breathe through your left, and you’ll find yourself asleep in no time.

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  • 2. Put your muscles to sleep
    2 / 9 2. Put your muscles to sleep

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    Relaxing your muscles prepares your body for sleep, even more so when you’re consciously relaxing them. Tightly clench individual muscles in your body and release to feel your muscles relax. Begin at the bottom and move upwards – curl your toes under your feet, clench your calf muscles, then your butt, stomach, arms and so on. It prevents you from tensing up in your sleep too, which greatly reduces the quality of your zzz’s.

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  • 3. Try to stay awake
    3 / 9 3. Try to stay awake

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    It’s called the Sleep Paradox, something that tired office zombies trying not to fall asleep at work know all to well. Keep your eyes wide open, and basically do whatever you do at the time you’re not supposed to fall asleep, but do anyway. The mind doesn’t process negatives well and interprets this as a chance to mess with you by making you fall asleep.

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  • 4. Roll your eyes
    4 / 9 4. Roll your eyes

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    Close your eyes and roll your eyes upwards. The change in waking eye patterns to a pattern of rest stimulates what you do naturally when you fall asleep, and tricks your mind in actually going to sleep. Or with your eyes open, roll your eyes upwards and focus on a spot on the wall.

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  • 5. Get to the point
    5 / 9 5. Get to the point

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    Certain pressure points along your body promote a state of restfulness when pressed gently but firmly: the point between your eyebrows where there’s a slight indent, your wrist crease below your pinky finger, the space between your big toe and second toe are some examples. Press for 20 seconds, release briefly, and repeat until you feel like you’re beginning to fall asleep.

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  • 6. Use a pillow
    6 / 9 6. Use a pillow

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    If you’re lying on your back, position a pillow under your knees to allow your lower back to assume its natural curve. If you’re lying on your side, place a pillow in between your legs to prevent the higher leg from placing unnecessary stress on the spine and hip. It might not feel like it, but the stress builds up little by little.

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  • 7. Recreate boredom
    7 / 9 7. Recreate boredom

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    Do something that lulls your brain rather than engage it, like doing a monotonous puzzle, reading a dull book or listening to an unengaging podcast. Or you might just fall asleep thinking of the most boring things you could possibly do.

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  • 8. Make the room colder
    8 / 9 8. Make the room colder

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    We love snuggling up under the blanket where it’s all warm and cosy, but a colder room is actually more conducive for falling asleep. The idea temperature? No warmer than 20 deg C.

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  • 9. But keep your feel warm
    9 / 9 9. But keep your feel warm

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    Studies have concluded that warm feet and hands were the best predictor of quick sleep onset. Why? This shifts the blood flow from your core to your extremities which cools down your body. And cooler temperatures let you catch more zzz’s remember?

    A version of this story first appeared in The Finder.

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