Turning your mind off enough to go to sleep is no easy task. I have spent my fair share of nights frustrated by the speed with which my thoughts whirl around my head, and my inability to turn them off, inevitably leading me to stay awake much later than I prefer. Figuring out how to de-stress at night has become a major element in both my success rate for falling asleep, and quelling the anxiety that can come along with a journey to what I like to call the Land of Nod.
Keep in mind that, if you deal with stress and/or anxiety during the day, there’s a good chance that it’s going to affect your #SleepGoals later that night. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 54 percent of people who deal with stress or anxiety say that it definitely increases their worries about falling asleep at night.
For me, part of dealing with this has simply involved having a bag of tricks up my sleeve, both for when I can’t sleep, and just as a preparation to relax and get myself ready for bed. I find that having a bit of a ritual — things that make me feel calm, safe, and heck, sometimes totally distracted — gets my head to simmer down enough to finally drift off so I can get the rest I need and deserve. Try some of these tricks out for yourself, and before you know it, you might just be too relaxed and stress-free to even stay awake.