By Jill

Sometimes after a long weekend we have some trouble getting back into our regular schedule.

It feels like a Sunday night, but it’s not. It’s Monday.

This was me last night trying to fall asleep after being off for a few days. According to the Huffington Post, these are the best ways to help you fall asleep (if you can shut your mind off, which I usually can’t).

​Try to force yourself to stay awake
This is sort of a reverse psychology method. You know, “I’m not tired, I’m not tired, I’m not…zzzzz”

Get up and do something for 10 minutes.

If you wake up and can’t fall back asleep with in 15 minutes or so, do something that requires some hand eye coordination. A puzzle, organizing something…I like to do laundry. Although, sometimes it’s hard to do these things without waking the rest of the house.

Hide your clock
We have all done it. “If I fall asleep now, I can get 7 hours of sleep. If I fall asleep NOW, I can get 5 hours of sleep.”

Cool your room
I can NOT fall asleep if it’s warm which is usually why my fiance is bundled in sweatpants, a sweatshirt and two blankets. COOL IT DOWN!

Take a warm shower before bed
Nothing feels better after a warm shower than cool sheets. Admit it, you love it too.

Wear socks to bed
I can’t do this. I could never, can never, and will never wear socks to bed (unless I’m in Alaska).

Immerse your face in very cold water for 30 seconds
UHM! This only works if you can hold your breath for 30 seconds.

Use the “4-7-8” method
Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise.

Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.

Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.

Hold your breath for a count of seven.

Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.

Repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.

Scent your bedroom with lavender
I like eucalyptis.

Picture your favorite place
This is your happy place whether it’s a beach, in the mountains, or anywhere else that calms you when you are a little stressed.

Listen to music
I did this when I was a teenager and it worked like a charm. Calming music is obviously better. I wouldn’t try this with heavy metal of anything. I mean, you COULD, I just don’t know how well it would work.

Eat dinner by candlelight
When it comes to sleep, the less blue light you expose yourself to in the hours before bedtime, the better. That includes your cell phone.

Blow bubbles
I have a 7 year old so I have LOTS of these in the house. If you need to borrow some let me know. Ps. It’s very hard to be in a stressed or bad mood when blowing bubbles.

Practice progressive relaxation.

Tense your muscles in your feet and toes and all the way up your body. Tense…then relax…tense…then relax.

Give yourself acupressure
Here are some good points of pressure for you to try.

Between your eyebrows, there is a small depression on the level of your brows, right above the nose. Apply gentle pressure to that point for a minute.

Between your first and second toes, on top of the foot, there is a depression. Press that area for a few minutes until you feel a dull ache.

Imagine that your foot has three sections, beginning at the tips of your toes and ending at the back of your heel. Find the distance one-third back from the tips of your toes and press on the sole of your foot for a few minutes.

Massage both of your ears for a minute.

Some studies show making a TO – DO list will make you fall asleep. I find this to do the exact OPPOSITE. The “what do I need to get done when I wake up” list. Makes me just feel like I need to wake up earlier and then I NEVER get to sleep.

Can’t we all just drink a bottle of wine, eat a pint of ice cream, lay in some high thread count sheets and call it a night?!

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