Waking up in the middle of the night can be frustrating, especially if you have a big day planned to start in the morning. Going back to a peaceful slumber can be challenging and lead to further frustration, keeping you from getting your much needed zzz’s. There are remedies you can try though to help you fall back to sleep and stay that way for the rest of the night.
Things You'll Need
- Relaxing eye mask
- Sleep machine or relaxing music
- Relaxation tea
Leave all lights off. Don’t immediately go to flip the switch on because you're awake. This will wake up your brain more and make getting back to sleep harder. If you must turn on the lights, try and turn on only dim ones such as a hall light or small table lamp and turn them off as soon as you can.
Keep a relaxing eye mask nearby and use it when you go to bed and when you wake in the night. There are masks available infused with lavender and other relaxing scents and cooling gels that shut out light, relax eyes and help soothe you to sleep. Find masks at your local beauty supply or relaxation store.
Turn on some relaxing sounds. You can use a sleep machine next to your bed that plays relaxing music or purchase relaxation music from online, at music stores or the self-help section of a bookstore. Keep the relaxing noises nearby so you can quickly switch them on should you wake in the night.
Take deep breaths and try to relax your mind. Avoid thinking about the following day and instead, focus all thoughts on the inhaling and exhaling of your breath. Focus on the muscles in your body and starting at your toes, work your way up by breathing and imagining all of your muscles relaxing in a slow wave.
Get up and make some sleep-inducing tea if you aren’t able to sleep after 30 minutes. At this point, your brain is probably too stimulated to go back to sleep and getting up and sipping on some sleep-promoting tea can help. Drink a cup and head back to bed with your music, eye mask and deep breathing exercises.