There’s nothing worse than lying awake at night staring at the ceiling, wishing yourself back to dreamland. If you find yourself slowly counting down the hours until you have to get up, give these scientifically proven tips and tricks a try to get yourself back to sleep in no time.
Try A Little Pressure
Self-administered acupressure before bed can promote a restful night of uninterrupted sleep or help get you back to sleep. Here are a couple of good points to try and treat insomnia:
Anmian, located behind the ear. Behind the ear is a bone called the mastoid process. Place your finger on the mastoid process and slide back off the bone and slightly upwards. Look for a little depression and press in a downward motion.
Liver 3, located on the top of the foot. Place a finger between the first toe and the second toe and push toward your ankle. There is a depression before the junction of the first and second metatarsal bones. Simply pressing on it or pulling in a downward motion is great for activating this point.
Grab A Snack
Some studies have shown that waking in the middle of the night could be the result of low blood sugar. If your blood sugar drops significantly through the night, your adrenal glands release stress hormones that trigger the body to raise blood sugar levels, and stress hormones aren’t at all good for sleep. Try a snack that’s a mix of carbs and protein, like an apple with nut butter, a small bowl of non-sugar cereal or frozen Greek yogurt.
Dim Those Lights
If you are having trouble falling asleep, or wake in the middle of the night, be sure to keep the lights as dim as possible. Use a dimmer or night lights when going to the kitchen or bathroom at night instead of turning on the overheads. It’s the same science that proves blue light exposure from cell phones has a bigger impact on decreasing melatonin levels than other light wavelengths.