Proven Ways To Sleep Through Anything
Written by: Kat Gal
Are you one of those people who wakes up easily in the middle of the night for any sound, light or move? Worry no more, there are some great proven ideas that can help you get some deep, quality sleep.
Believe me, I know what I am talking about. You see, I used to be a super light sleeper. Then I started traveling.
Let me tell you that sleeping in a hostel dorm with 6-12 snoring strangers is not glamorous. Sleeping in a mud hut in an African village with no curtains and all sorts of unwanted creatures around, or laying on the ground without cushions in a tent that’s falling apart is not the easiest either.
Perhaps I should mention my lovely room in Barcelona that seemed to be in a quiet neighbourhood in the day-time when I first visited it, but turned out to be the loudest party district from the evening until 6am. I probably don’t have to mention airplanes, airports, buses and trains. I had to learn to sleep with all kinds of action, noise, sounds, smells and light around me.
Now you may not be experiencing any extreme conditions, but whether you are laying on a wonderful memory foam mattress or sleeping on the floor on a mat, these tips can help you out.
1. Develop A Better Routine
According to the National Sleep Foundation, sticking to a regular sleep schedule – even on your days off – avoiding caffeine, sugar, bright lights and heavy metals can improve your sleep greatly. Regular exercise, relaxation techniques before bed and hot herbal teas are helpful as well. If you are used to sleeping at the same time every day, you will likely sleep deeper and will less likely to be woken up.
Meditation can totally improve your sleep, as well as your quality of life. Not only that, but if you are a light sleeper, meditation can also help you overcome noise and other bothersome things. Mindfulness meditation teaches your body to relax, to not react to things around you. It helps you to sleep deeper. Before going to sleep you can also try some visualization, imagining a restful uninterrupted sleep. Deep breathing and aromatherapy are helpful bonuses.
3. Insulation And Feng-Shui
If you are on the road, you have little control over this, however, if you have a steady home and/or own your own place, insulation and feng shui can help you. Thicker walls and good windows with great insulation and thick carpeting and heavy curtains can all help you to block sound as well as light out. Feng shui can help you in creating a sleep-friendly atmosphere as well, for example, a thick bookcase by the wall can help to reduce sounds around you.
4. Eye Masks
Eye masks are serious life-savers for me. The may seem strange at first, but you can get used to them easily. Get some thicker yet soft eye masks. A good eye mask sits well on your face and blocks out all the light around you. You can sleep in the daylight yet feel like it’s nighttime. Ear plugs can also be extra helpful when you are traveling or living in an extra loud neighbourhood.
5. Change Your Attitude
This may be the most difficult, but also the most important tip. You and I both know how annoying it can be to share a bed with a snorer (let alone to share a dorm room with a dozen snorers). Instead of anger and frustration, try to practice love and compassion: they are not doing it to hurt you.
It takes some training and perhaps some good imagination, but once you get used to it, snoring can become a soothing sound like ocean waves, according to Today. Now, if you are being woken in the middle of the night for some sound or simply can’t fall asleep for whatever reason, stop being frustrated. Practice self-compassion and relax. With a relaxed and loving attitude, you will fall asleep easier and sleep much better.
Using these tips, you will likely experience better sleep with less interruptions and much nicer dreams as well.
What helps you to sleep more soundly and more deeply? Share your tips in the comments below, we would love to hear from you.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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