10 Expert Tips to Fall Asleep Faster

10 Expert Tips to Fall Asleep Faster

Have you ever not been able to fall asleep because your mind is racing? Or maybe you’ve fallen sound asleep after a long day…only to wake up 20 minutes later with eyes wide open? At NIGHT, we talk about sleep pretty much 24-7 and we hear this kind of feedback all the time, especially with our home base in NYC, the city that never sleeps.

We caught up with Alexandra Janelli, one of New York City’s premier hypnotherapists and fellow believer in the power of restorative sleep, to shed some light on how she helps her celebrity clients catch better zzz’s.

Here are her ten tips to boost your sleep game, because we believe sleep should be at the top of everyone’s priority list:

  1. Don’t try so hard. “Stop trying to turn off your mind. Your mind never turns off even when you are sleeping.” Alexandra recommended listening to the thoughts and letting them flow, versus trying to control them.
  2. Catalogue your day. Alexandra explained that digestion of the day is the first step to letting go. “Start from the beginning of your day and go step by step, noting each thing you did that day from getting up and brushing your teeth to going to bed.”
  3. Consider using a journal. Clear your mind by writing your thoughts down. Alexandra told us this is a great way to consciously and subconsciously dump all the thoughts in your head out on paper.
  4. Get out of your head and into your body. “Sleep is about relaxation. Relaxation and stress cannot coexist.” Alexandra recommended thinking about sending a message to each muscle in your body to relax. Go slow and see how heavy and loose you can make each muscle feel.
  5. Forgive yourself. We need a reminder sometimes that we are not perfect! “There may be many things you didn’t accomplish today. Beating yourself up can only cause more anxiety.” Alexandra said to create a plan by making a to do list for tomorrow and then leave today to be yesterday. 
  6. Accept that not every night will be a "good night sleep". “What happens in your day can be directly correlated to how well you sleep or don’t sleep. By holding a high sleep quality bar for every night, despite what happened in your day, the more you are setting yourself up for failure.” Alexandra explained that sometimes acceptance can alleviate the fear.
  7. Think positive. Alexandra said that by thinking "what if I don't sleep tonight?" you are already planting a subconscious suggestion and influencing a behavior of not sleeping well. “Reframe your thinking to positive ego boosting suggestions, telling yourself that tonight you will sleep.”
  8. Embrace the night. “Frustration increases stress.” Alexandra encouraged thinking of ways in which you can embrace the night when you are awake. Beating yourself up only leads to more stress and less possibility for falling back asleep.
  9. Make your bed a comfortable, relaxing environment. Alexandra explained that it is important to take your time finding the right bedding and build a comfortable, dark environment, conducive to quiet, restful sleep.
  10. Use guided hypnosis recordings. “There are many apps and recordings on YouTube that can help filter your thoughts and redirect your mind to a state of calm. These recordings can help bring you through the different brainwave lengths to a state of deep sleep.” Alexandra suggested trying her Theta Springs Sleep Better Hypnotherapy Program.
Inspired to get your sleep on? Try the 15 minute power nap collaboration between Alexandra and NIGHT. Hint: it is most effective when resting your head on a NIGHT Pillow ; )
Risers and Shiners: Alexandra Janelli, The Hypnotherapist and Expert in Relaxation

Risers and Shiners: Alexandra Janelli, The Hypnotherapist and Expert in Relaxation

Our mission at Discover NIGHT is simple: we want to help stand out people crush life by maximizing the night time. We draw our inspiration from these stand out individuals; those who refuse to accept mediocrity; those who wake up on a mission; those who want to be the best at whatever it is they do. It is the people who rise and shine that we work for and in this column, we hear from them.

Alexandra Janelli is a certified hypnotherapist and life coach and owner of the luxury wellness center Modrn Sanctuary. Considered one of New York City’s premier hypnotherapists, Alexandra has been featured in various publications and worked with clients ranging from Academy Award Nominee Actors to famous photographers and high level executives. She is an advocate for deep, restorative sleep and rests her head on a NIGHT Pillow every night!

  1. Average hours of sleep per night? 7-9
  2. Night owl or early riser? MORNING ALL THE WAY
  3. Matching pajama sets or anything goes? Cute nightgown or soft t-shirt
  4. Latest you’ve ever slept in? This year???...10:30am...
  5. What can you not sleep without? Duvet comforter and Chapstick with a glass of seltzer on the side table
  6. Vivid dreams or no dream memory? Dream enthusiast.
  7. What gets you out of bed every morning? My dog and a walk in the park with coffee
  8. Number of times you snooze the alarm? ..snoozing makes you fall deeper asleep!
  9. First thing you do when you wake up? Get licked by my dog
  10. What keeps you going all day? Feeling proud of what I am accomplishing.  


Other Risers and Shiners:

Meaghan Murphy, The Editor Extraordinaire 
Kristen Taekman, The Fashionista and Model Mom
Lauren Berlingeri, The Wellness Guru