Sleep is an essential part of maintaining health, but falling into a deep sleep can be difficult for some.
In this regard, Express spoke with sleep experts at MattressNextDay to discover the seven best ways to sleep that have become popular on TikTok, to help you fall asleep faster and whether or not they are correct.
– Take a selfie
Taking a picture of yourself before bed can help ensure that you are in the best possible sleeping position, according to one TikTok user (@chiroseattle).
“Neck pain can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep, so take a selfie of your face and torso while lying down,” the team said at Mattress Next Day. With the photo in the foreground, she suggests drawing a vertical line in the middle of your face, then to the middle of your torso. And if these don’t line up together, your pillow is either too big or small and needs to be replaced.”
And you can also use this hack to figure out when it’s time to get a new, comfortable pillow.
– Prepare a list
Inserting random items into your head is a surefire way to fall asleep.
And the psychology professor (@psychologee) shared his top tips for helping you fall asleep in five minutes on Tiktok.
A spokesperson for Mattress Next Day said: “It is suggested to include random items in your head that are not directly related, such as the Tarzan potato and the violin. This helps take your mind off the problems that prevent you from sleeping and tire your brain, which makes you fall asleep faster.”
– wear socks
Your body needs to lower its temperature in order to sleep, and socks can help with that.
According to caseyrosenberg on TikTok, wearing socks increases blood flow to your feet, which helps your body cool off. This is true and will also send a signal to your brain that it is time to sleep.
User @dr.karanr on TikTok explains that we have a biphasic sleep pattern.
This means that we create two sleep periods a day, so we should all take extra naps.
However, if you do take a nap, make sure that it only lasts for 20 minutes, as this provides adequate restorative sleep without drowsiness after waking up.
Drink cherry juice
Drinking cherry juice seems to help you sleep an extra hour and a half.
A number of studies (and bradysalcido on “Tik Tok”) suggest that consuming tart cherry juice can help calibrate your circadian rhythm (also known as your internal body clock) and help promote nighttime sleep.
“This is because the juice helps increase the body’s production of melatonin, which is an important hormone for your sleep,” Mattress Next Day explained.
Other studies show that those who drink cherry juice can increase their sleep time by an average of 84 minutes as well.
– Eat cheese
The rumor that eating cheese before bed causes you to have nightmares appears to be untrue.
In fact, one professional user on TikTok stated that the cheese is full of tryptophan, which the brain uses to make melatonin and aids sleep.
It’s also high in calcium, which is effective at reducing stress and stabilizing your nervous system – both of which help you become more sedentary for sleep.
– pillow barrier
If you sleep in the same bed as someone else, you need to put a pillow barrier between you, according to @rezaandpuja on TikTok.
Not only does this give you more space and can stop any arguments from happening, but it indicates independence within the relationship.