Just like you would train your body and mind for work and activities, it’s also quite important to teach them how to sleep. And while it’s not always as simple as counting sheep, it doesn’t have to be super tough. These straightforward tricks and lifestyle hacks will not only help you get to sleep a lot quicker, but improve the quantity and the quality of your kip, too.
Try rolling your eyes backwards. We know that it may sound strange, but it can really help as it imitates your eye movement during sleep. ‘If you do this three times, you will automatically feel yourself going into a deeper relaxation,’ says clinical hypnotherapist Fiona Lamb.
Your diet is key. Sleep expert Dominique Antiglio suggests having verveine (also known as lemon verbena) tea before hitting the sack. ‘It’s caffeine-free and has a soothing citrus aroma, so it’s ideal for easing the senses and helping you drift off to sleep.’ Try to stay away from alcohol before bed as it stops you falling asleep, as well as fatty foods, which are hard for your stomach to digest and disrupt your sleep with heartburn and indigestion.
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