How to Fall Asleep Fast

Learn how to fall asleep fast from sleep specialist Priyanka Yadav, D.O. in this Howcast video.

So some of the ways to help you fall asleep fast include practicing good sleep hygiene, which involves maybe taking a warm bath at night, which will help lower your body temperature, which will help initiate sleep onset. Keeping your room a cool dark environment. Keeping your room cool will also help lower your body temperature.

Avoidance to electronics starting an hour before your bedtime will help you diminish light exposure, which will help melatonin secretion. Melatonin is another hormone that helps with the sleep onset process. Medications can also be used to help you sleep a little bit faster. Although, maximizing on your sleep hygiene is generally recommended first before the use of medication.

Things you might want to avoid to help you sleep faster include avoidance of caffeine up to six hours prior to your bed time. Caffeine can fight a chemical called adenosine, which helps with sleep onset and getting deeper stages of sleep at night. You also want to avoid alcohol two to three hours prior to your bedtime. Even though it might help you fall asleep, it does cause fragmented sleep in the second half of the night.

So these are just some of the ways that you can help yourself fall asleep a little bit faster.