I have always been jealous of those people who fall asleep before their head hits the pillow. My dad was one who seemingly had no issues getting his zzzz’s. My mom on the other hand is a major night owl, and has trouble falling asleep. Guess who’s genes I inherited? Yep….thanks Mom. 😜
Maybe it’s a woman thing, not being able to turn your brain off….constantly thinking of ALL.THE.THINGS. I think about important things and also things that are insignificant, such as what I need at Target next time I go (if I ever get to go again #coronavirus). Regardless, it’s extremely frustrating when you are exhausted and looking forward to getting some sleep, yet you just can’t manage to drift into to dreamland.
So, what’s my secret?
That may sound strange, but let me explain. I have a rice pack, which you can microwave and then it acts as a heating pad. My mom gave it to me a few years ago and I absolutely love this thing! I use it so often for neck and back pain. I microwave mine for 1 min 30 seconds, but because microwaves vary in strength, it’s recommended to start with 1 minute and adjust your time from there. You can also put it in the freezer to use as a cold pack!
So, back to how this relates to helping me sleep… This winter, because it’s been so dang cold, I got into the habit of warming up my rice pack right before bed, then I lay with it under my back or my neck for a while. When I am getting really sleepy, I scoot the rice pack down by my feet, and that puts me right to sleep!
My feet are cold. ALWAYS. I sleep in thin socks and they are still cold. I have figured out that I have a more difficult time falling asleep if I am cold. So, by relaxing the tense parts of my body (my back and or neck), AND warming up the cold parts of my body (my feet), I fall asleep much easier! Yay for more sleep!
There are lots of DIY posts on Pinterest that show you how to make your own rice pack. If you sew, you can make one that way, or you can use an old sock, fill it with rice, then tie a knot in the end. I do have a homemade rice pack but I prefer this one because I like that it has handles and it also keeps the rice more evenly distributed when I am laying on it. And, for around $10, it’s 100% worth it!
I’d love to know if you try this method and if it helps you fall asleep faster!
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