Why is it easier to fall asleep on the couch?
Are you one of those people who can fall asleep on the couch in minutes, but as soon as you hit the bed, it's like your brain turns into a never-ending to-do list? Well, you're not alone!
"Watching Paw Patrol always makes me sleepy."
It's a mystery as old as time (or at least as old as couches and beds) - why does sleepiness on the couch not translate to the bed? Some say it's because the couch is a more casual setting, while the bed is associated with sleep and relaxation. Others say it's because the couch is a place to unwind and watch TV, while the bed is a place to actually sleep.
The truth is it's probably a combination of both. The couch is a place to relax and let your guard down, while the bed is a place where we expect to get a good night's rest. So, when we hit the bed, our brains switch into "sleep mode" but also start thinking about everything we need to do tomorrow or the next day, and all the things we didn't do today, and also that time we said "you too" to the waiter when he told us to enjoy our meal.
How to make your bed more like your couch, aka how to fall asleep faster
But fear not, fellow couch-lovers! There are a few things you can try to help you transition from couch to bed:
Set a bedtime routine: Having a consistent bedtime routine will signal to your brain that it's time to sleep.
Avoid screens before bed: The blue light emitted from screens can disrupt your body's production of melatonin, making it harder to fall asleep.
Make your bed a comfortable and cozy place: Add some soft blankets and pillows, or even invest in a new mattress if your current one is uncomfortable.
Try to clear your mind before bed: Try meditating or doing some light stretching to help release any pent-up tension and anxiety. (That waiter probably doesn't even remember you. Probably.)
So, next time you find yourself nodding off on the couch, don't be afraid to transfer that sleepiness to the bed! With a little bit of effort and some smart strategies, you'll be snoozing in no time.