6 Ways to Fall Asleep Fast

By Melissa Carver

woman journaling in bed
Melissa Carver

Better sleep, better life! When you sleep well, you are not only healthier, but happier, too. And when you are healthier and happier, you are able to create stronger relationships, bring about stronger manifestations in your life, and enjoy increased productivity.

But how do you fall asleep fast, rather than lying there with hundreds of thoughts running through your mind? Try out these suggestions for quick and restful sleep.

1. Make a To-Do List

Making a short to-do list and sticking to it helps decrease the anxiety of what you feel needs to get done tomorrow. When your mind is focused on the future, it creates a feeling of unease, and unnecessary adrenaline can take over your senses. This is why you may feel tired but when you go to lay down your head, you feel wide awake. Your anxiety is telling you that your mental to-do list is urgent. If you check off only three items on a daily list, you feel much more accomplished and relaxed.

  • A handwritten list is best.
  • Keep your list at five or less tasks.
  • Make this part of an evening routine.

2. Journal and Detach

Journal about your day before it’s time for bed, perhaps during your to-do list time. Start by reflecting over your accomplishments, what you may do differently next time around, and what you may be beating yourself up about.

Your mind replays the day, often with more worry and regret than compliments. You are your own worst critic. You may be concerned about a coworker taking something you said wrong or relentlessly replaying something in your mind that someone said to you. More often than not, the other individual has long forgotten. These are the recordings your brain plays over while you would love to be asleep. Conquer these thoughts long before bedtime with just a few minutes of writing.

  • Write down what you are proud of today.
  • Express anything that you feel uneasy about.
  • Affirm that you have done all you could for today and capture what lessons were learned.
  • List one thing you have been grateful for that day.

Once you are finished, consciously affirm you have detached these emotions and welcome rest.

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