Here are my tips for destressing while trying to fall asleep. I don’t use all these tips each night, but sometimes I use 1 or 2 but but it helps me shut my mind off, and relax my body for sleep.
(1) Take time to wind down and relax. To me, this means putting away my phone, iPad, computer, whatever. Sometimes I’ll read a book because I find this isn’t the same as electronic light in my face. Sometimes I’ll write in a journal, update my calendar, or just lay quietly thinking about my day.
(2) Take a hot bath. After a long day of being on my feet, running around, etc. a bath is the best thing. It’s warm, soothing, softens my skin, and opens my sinuses. Getting out I feel refreshed and ready to put on some comfy clothes and crawl into bed.
(3) Drink tea. Something about sleeptime tea or chamomille tea relaxes my brain, warms my belly, and allows me to prepare for sleep.
(4) If I feel wired and can’t sleep I like to mentally walk myself through my favorite hike, or visualize myself running my favorite route. Mike says he likes to visualize himself driving around the Watkins Glen Race Track.