Now that we’ve fallen back and daylight saving time has ended, are you having trouble sleeping? If so, you may want to try out one or more of these techniques for falling asleep when nothing else seems to be working:
- Drink banana tea. Aside from potassium, bananas are swarming with magnesium, and banana peels have even more of the stuff than the actual fruit. Magnesium lowers cortisol, which is considered the “stress hormone,” and soothes the body to relieve it of any anxious emotions keeping it awake at night. Dr. Michael Breus, a SleepScore Labs advisory board member, tells Elite Daily to “take an organic banana, wash it off, cut off the tip and the stem, and then cut it in half, leaving the fruit in and the skin on.” By boiling the fruit for three to four minutes tops and adding a little honey to the mix, sipping on the combination before bed will help “to induce relaxation and sleep.”
- Keep your feet warm. For those who deal with poor circulation, it’s likely that extremities will be colder than other parts of the body, and cause sleeplessness. In this case, it’s worth slipping on a pair of fuzzy slippers and calling it a night.
- Tune into some white noise. Your body goes into rest mode when you sleep, but your five senses are still cranking away, which means you can hear loud noises through your sleep cycle and, if jarring enough, you can wake up from them. According to Popular Science, some sleepers require white noise to guarantee they’ll stay snoozing throughout the night, due to its “equal power across all frequencies,” unlike the rise and fall of a partner’s grunting snore.
- Hide your alarm clock. As Dr. Anne Epstein says, “Because clock-watching can increase anxiety at night, it is often a good idea to get rid of the bedside clock.”
- Read an actual book instead of Facebook. Paperback readers fell asleep 10 minutes earlier than people reading off a digital download, so you’ll definitely want to invest in a few hard copies ASAP.
- Rethink you bedroom’s color palette. Shades of blue, dark gray, lavender, and neutral greens are all excellent choices. If bright orange walls or patterned paper aren’t doing it for you, find what hue speaks to your zen and get to painting, pronto.