Sick of insomnia? Tired of counting sheep? Stick around till the end, we’re going to reveal a surprising and extremely effective master tip to help you sleep.
Now we all know about sleep hygiene. Make it dark, make it quiet, make it comfortable, make sure the temperature is around 67-70 degrees, don’t engage in technology in bed, use a bed for sleep and sex only. Research shows that our brain processes approximately 70,000 thoughts each and every day. Get those last thoughts out.
Before you go to bed, take a little journal and write down those thoughts so that monkey chatter doesn’t keep going.
Some people advocate for stretching or progressive muscle relaxation. Some people have used a combination of apple cider vinegar and honey. Melatonin is certainly an awesome sleep aid, and it’s also the body’s most powerful antioxidant, helping with pain, anti-aging, cardiovascular disease, for vision, for hearing.
But if these sleep hygiene methods don’t help you get some shut eye, keep reading.
The master tip for better sleep…
So here’s the number one master tip to help you sleep. In fact, it began its use thousands of years ago with the ancient Egyptians. It’s going to surprise you: cold.
The reason cold is so effective for sleep is that it brings some of the blood away from the brain, down into the body, feet, legs, chest, lungs, arms and hands. It also helps to drain the brain of those 70,000 noisy thoughts.
There are a few ways to achieve this:
- Take a cold shower – One of the fastest ways to get cold, but not as effective as the other two methods.
- Cold immersion bath – Run a slightly-less-than-lukewarm bath, stay in the bath, and as your body is getting used to it, turn the cold faucet on again to add fresh cold water to the tub. It doesn’t sound pleasant, but lowering your body temperature this way will ensure you sleep like a baby.
- Wet sheet wrap – The most effective method for falling asleep. Take a sheet, get it wet, wring it out, wrap yourself up in it like a mummy, and then put a couple of blankets on top of that so you’re not chilled. Your body takes an enormous amount of energy to warm and dry that sheet.
Tip: If you use the wet sheet wrap, make sure your feet stay warm, so maybe put on a pair of socks or even two pairs of socks. It’s just the legs, the trunk, and the arm that need to be wrapped up in the wet sheet.
So, whilst we may all know about sleep hygiene, cold is the real key to helping you get a good night’s sleep.
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