10 Ways to Fall Asleep Faster at Night

You toss. You turn. You count sheep. But still your mind is whirling. For 50% of the nation’s population, getting a good night’s sleep is harder than mining gold. The below simple yet powerful tips for falling asleep faster can help tremendously. Researchers have identified lack of sleep as a cause of many significant health issues and high stress levels. Maharishi Ayurveda honors sleep as one of the four pillars of health. And it offers a wide arsenal of tools to improve your sleep — from structuring a more relaxing daily routine to eating the right foods.

It even offers specific advice for solving various kinds of sleep problems. The first problem is the most common: difficulty falling asleep at night. This is caused by Vata imbalance or mental stress. People who toss and turn, unable to fall asleep because their mind is on overdrive, have this issue. It tends to happen to people who are anxious, worried or who have to rush around a lot during the day (sound familiar?). If it takes more than 15 minutes before the sandman visits you at night, you might try one of these tips to fall asleep faster and to sleep better in general.

10 Ways to Fall Asleep Faster at Night

  1. Eating more sweet, sour and salty foods helps balance Vata dosha, the mind-body operator that controls mental activity.
  2. Eating three warm, cooked meals at the same time every day is recommended.
  3. Getting to bed before 10:00 p.m. and rising by 6:00 a.m. is also advised.
  4. As much as possible, avoid rushing during the day.
  5. You can make your own Poppy Seed Sleep Aid and eat it one hour before bed.
  6. It’s best to avoid watching TV or using digital devices the hour before sleep.
  7. Massaging your hands and feet with Youthful Skin Massage Oil before bed also helps.
  8. Another suggestion is to use aroma therapy at bedtime. Pure lavender oil or Slumber Time are recommended.
  9. Taking Blissful Sleep herbal supplement one hour before bed helps balance Vata dosha and therefore facilitates falling asleep faster.
  10. You can also listen to soothing music, such as Maharishi Gandharva Veda, before bed.

Feeling like this is too much to do all at once? You might try adding just one of these habits a week to feel more relaxed during the day and to sink into a happy sleep at night.


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