7 Tips to Help You Fall Asleep Faster — and to Help You Get the Best Rest Possible — in Addition to Taking Magic Mind Sleep
Magic Mind Sleep is the world’s first gentle, all-natural, non-habit-forming sleep aid. We scientifically designed our 8-oz concentrated formula to promote quality sleep while helping you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up feeling refreshed.
Unlike other sleep aids, our formula doesn’t contain melatonin. We chose not to include melatonin for two main reasons:
- Because melatonin is a hormone, taking it as a supplement can have harmful effects on your body’s endocrine system — especially on the regulation of testosterone and estrogen — and can lead to dependency by tricking your endocrine system into thinking that it doesn’t need to produce melatonin anymore.
- Although taking melatonin can help you fall asleep very quickly, it doesn’t help you stay asleep and doesn’t actually improve the quality of your sleep.
That’s why our formula works to soothe you into a deep, restful sleep instead of just ‘knocking you out’ like a high dose of melatonin or another sleep aid would. (It’s also a large part of why our formula works to have you feeling refreshed instead of groggy when you wake up the next morning!)
Here are 7 tips to help you fall asleep faster — and to help you get the best rest possible — in addition to taking Magic Mind Sleep.
- Establish a consistent sleep schedule by waking up at the same time every day. Our biological clocks run on 24-hour circadian rhythms that trigger different processes and modify them based on environmental cues. The best way to find and maintain a consistent circadian rhythm for sleep? You guessed it — waking up at the same time every day! It may take a little while for your body to adjust, but your biological clock will start waking you up naturally after about a week.
- Avoid caffeine consumption for 6-8 hours before your bedtime. The effects of most caffeinated beverages may seem to wear off after a few hours, but caffeine has a half-life of about 6 hours and can stay in your system for up to 10 hours. That means a coffee or an energy drink in the late afternoon or early evening can still prevent you from falling asleep at night.
- Limit alcohol consumption for 2-3 hours before your bedtime. Even moderate alcohol consumption before bed (two drinks for men and one drink for women) can decrease sleep quality by 24%, and more than 1-2 drinks can lead to a staggering 39% decrease in sleep quality. Our suggestion? Avoid drinking alcohol at night if you can. But if circumstances call for an alcoholic beverage, try to enjoy it at least 2-3 hours before you hit the sheets.
- Minimize screen time in the evening to signal to your body that it’s time to rest. Although the blue light emitted by most electronic screens can have positive effects during the day (when viewed in moderation), it can also have a negative impact at night by interfering with your circadian rhythm for sleep. You can avoid the negative impact of blue light on sleep by minimizing screen time 2-3 hours before bedtime and by turning on “Night Shift” or “Night Mode” to move the color of your screens away from the blue end of the light spectrum.
- Keep a journal and a pen on your bedside table. We’ve all experienced nights when it seems impossible to quiet our minds. Our recommendation is to write down your racing thoughts in a journal to get them out of your mind and on paper. It sounds simple, but it works!
- Practice breathwork before trying to fall asleep. Counting sheep can’t hold a candle to the 4-7-8 breathing technique. After lying down, inhale through your nose for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, and then exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds while making a “whoosh” sound by pursing your lips. Repeat the cycle three more times for maximum stress reduction and relaxation.
- Put your phone in “Do Not Disturb” or “Airplane” mode — or better yet, put it out of reach entirely. The best way to prevent calls, texts, or notifications from interrupting you as you’re drifting off and to prevent the temptation to check your phone when you’re having difficulty falling asleep? Switch its settings into “Do Not Disturb” or “Airplane” mode until the next morning. Even better, switch your phone’s settings into “Do Not Disturb” or “Airplane” mode AND put it somewhere other than on your bedside table so that you can’t get to it without getting out of bed.