I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been jealous of people who can fall asleep quickly. I’ve struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember, and I’m no stranger to depression and PTSD, either. Whatever mental health issues I’m experiencing, I find they’re often harder to deal with at night, which can make falling asleep quickly a challenge. In my early twenties, I struggled so much to fall asleep at night that I started making lots of little lifestyle changes with the goal of falling asleep faster and sleeping more soundly throughout the night.
From not using bright lighting at home to harnessing the power of herbal teas to making my bed a no-work zone, I’ve collected nearly a dozen habits over the years to improve my sleep. I still have rough nights occasionally, but generally speaking, I fall asleep much faster and sleep way better than I used to. Read on to learn about my time-tested, thoroughly researched, and expert-backed tips.