Tips for Falling Asleep Faster

September 28, 2020

Even in the city that never sleeps, many of us are struggling to get a good night’s rest. Insomnia can negatively affect your entire day. If this sounds familiar to you, read on! These helpful tips for falling asleep faster are easy to work into your nightly routine.

Turn Your iPhone to Red Light Mode

You may have heard that light plays a major role in your sleep cycle. Many former insomniacs have found that switching to red light at night aids in falling asleep faster. Before you purchase red light bulbs and other pricey red light therapy devices, you should know that you probably have access to red light right in the palm of your hand! Yes — your iPhone has a red light mode, and it’s extremely easy to access! I do this every night, and I can say from experience that you don’t realize how hard your eyes are working until you switch that red light on and your eyes instantly relax. Here’s how to turn your iPhone to red light mode: 

  • Go to SETTINGS > ACCESSIBILITY > DISPLAY AND TEXT SIZE > COLOR FILTERS.
  • Turn the COLOR FILTERS toggle on.
  • Select COLOR TINT
  • Scroll down and slide the INTENSITY and HUE sliders all the way to the right to make the red effect.

Pro tip: make it a shortcut so you can easily access it every night! Just go to SETTINGS > ACCESSIBILITY > ACCESSIBILITY SHORTCUT > COLOR FILTERS. Now you can just click your home button three times to turn the red light on/off. 

Take Melatonin Supplements

Photo: Amanda Amore

Melatonin is a natural sleep aid. Taking 10 mg of melatonin one hour before bedtime has been incredibly useful in helping me feel relaxed enough to actually fall asleep. Better yet, when I take melatonin, I wake up feeling like I’ve gotten better quality sleep throughout the night. If you’re new to melatonin, try starting with a lower dosage such as 5 mg. The tablets are small and tasteless, but if you’re not a fan of pills at all, try melatonin gummies or chocolate chip cookie dough melatonin chews

Drink Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is a classic herbal sleep remedy. Chamomile contains a plant product called apigenin, which is believed to help induce sleepiness. A warm cup of chamomile tea about an hour before bed is a great way to get into sleep mode. It also smells amazing, and with a drop of honey, it tastes great, too.

Use Lavender Essential Oil

Aromatherapy can be a powerful sleep aid, and lavender essential oil is a popular choice. You can reap the benefits of lavender essential oil in a variety of ways. You can apply the essential oil to your wrists or the soles of your feet, either by diluting the essential oil with a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba, or by mixing the oil with your favorite lotion. You can also add a few drops to a diffuser to release the scent into your bedroom.

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