If you were always one of the first to start snoring at sleepovers, you may be in a better position than many other people. There are millions of people across the world who struggle throughout the day due to sleep deprivation. According to a variety of studies, the average person can fall asleep within 7 minutes. This initial sleep stage is known as an Alpha stage. Interestingly enough, this stage is not only restricted to sleep! Frequent meditation often brings people into this stage of the sleep cycle. Praying and chanting is also known to help tap into this neural activity. If you aren’t falling asleep in the 7-minute average range, don’t worry. Taking 10 to 20 minutes to fall asleep means you are also in the normal sleeper cycle; this time is known as sleep latency. If it takes you less than 10 or more than 20 minutes to fall asleep, then there may be something wrong. This difficulty or ease of falling asleep is your body’s way of telling you that.
If it takes one hour or more for you to fall asleep, this might be due to excessive amounts of rest. On the other hand, it could be due to an unplanned sleeping schedule, which is where one falls into the category of people with a sleeping disorder. This can be caused by excess caffeine consumption prior to sleeping or because of the changes in your circadian rhythm. Falling asleep too easily could be due to a lack of sleep and exhaustion. The best way to truly improve those restless nights is to veer away from technology at all costs. This means no falling asleep with the TV on anymore or frantically checking for social media notifications. It is much easier said than done but reducing the intake of technology before bed will definitely help your sleep. Experts believe you should have at least 1 hour without technology before sleeping.
Another way to help get better sleep is to stop caffeine consumption at least 6 hours before bed. Last, one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to help ensure a better sleep is to hop in the bath right before bed. By doing so, the temperature of the body imitates what happens while we sleep, enabling you to relax more.