Fall Asleep Fast with These 3 Sleeping Tips

Fall Asleep Fast with These 3 Sleeping Tips

PJs on? Check. Teeth brushed? Yep. Curled up in bed? Oh, yeah. But what about sleeping tips when falling asleep or staying asleep is a real challenge?

Answer: Consult YOU: Staying Young, the live-longer book by experts Mehmet Oz, MD, and Michael Roizen, MD. They have three clever sleeping tips for alleviating some of the most common slumber stealers and ways to fall asleep fast.

  1. Don't fight it. Tossing and turning works for salads, not sleep problems. If you can't get to sleep within 15 minutes, get out of bed and do some light activity, like a yoga pose or a short walk. Getting your mind off sleep resets and reboots your system. Then, once back in bed, fall asleep fast to some soft music or meditation. (Try setting the stage for sleep by doing this 7-minute evening stretch workout with Dr. Oz.)
     
  2. Use the night. Dim your lights several hours before bed to avoid the stimulation caused by artificial-light pollution -- that stuff that emanates all around us thanks to TVs, computers, and indoor lighting. (Here's why you should dim the lights an hour before bed.)
     
  3. Treat your nose. Allergies can prevent and disrupt sleep, thanks to all the congestion they cause. Consider over-the-counter nasal strips or a nasal saline or antihistamine spray for a stuffy or runny nose to fall asleep fast.

Medically reviewed in January 2020.

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