Routine is the key to natural sleep
Want to fall asleep without having to resort to medication? A good routine is essential to achieving natural sleep. Humans are creatures of habit and by establishing a good, consistent nightly routine, it will let your body know that it is time to sleep. Mom might no longer be there to tuck you into bed at 8pm, however with a little effort and planning natural sleep can be easily attained.
Read a book, listen to soothing music or take a hot bath – perhaps a late night stroll through the neighbourhood. Find what works for you and stick to it. Importantly, try to go to bed at the same time each night. Sleeping at 10pm one night and 2am the next will wreak havoc with your internal clock.
It’s your bedroom, not your workroom
It is important that you establish your bedroom as a place primarily for sleep. Do not bring your work into your room or engage in stimulating activities such as watching television or playing computer games (certain stimulating activities with partners being a notable exception). Do not spend long hours of the day awake in your room.
So long as you firmly establish your bed as a place for sleep, your body will know that when you lie under the covers it is time to sleep. Also, keeping your room free from clutter and having a comfortable mattress and pillow could all assist in achieving natural sleep easily.
Natural sleep depends on what you eat
What you eat can have a profound effect on how you sleep. Avoid large meals at night and stay away from sources of caffeine before sleep. The most common culprits are coffee, tea and soft drinks. If you must drink them, make sure you do so at least three hours before bed. What you should not eat is more important than what you should eat when it comes to natural sleep.