Buying a new house among the homes for sale in Austin, TX, Atlanta, Los Angeles or anywhere else can take a lot of time and effort, leaving many buyers short on sleep. The American Sleep Association notes that insomnia is the most common specific sleep disorder. About 30% of adults report summering from short-term sleep problems, and 10% chronic insomnia.

A good night’s rest is a must for physical and mental health as the body uses that precious sleep time to repair and restore itself. Sleep helps the brain function properly allowing one to resolve problems and make better decision as well as reducing the risk of illness and keeping your immune system strong, among many other important benefits.

But if what do you do if you just can’t fall asleep?

Limit Caffeine to the Morning Hours

Some people are affected more than others by caffeine. You may need to limit drinking coffee, soda and other caffeinated beverages to the morning hours, or avoid it altogether. In the evening, consider sipping a caffeine-free herbal tea like Celestial Seasoning’s Sleepy Time Extra. In addition to being caffeine-free, it contains the herb valerian which is known to help induce sleep.  

Wear an Eye Mask and Ear Plugs

Eliminating noise and all light can make a significant difference in how long it takes to fall asleep as well as preventing you from waking up in the middle of the night. A totally dark room is essential, but with all those tiny lights on electronic gadgets and other items it can be difficult to achieve. An eye mask is inexpensive and an easy way to create total darkness which helps trigger the production of melatonin so that you'll fall asleep faster and stay asleep.

Unless you’re in an environment where there is no noise, ear plugs can help you sleep better too. Another option is using “white noise” such as a fan which can be soothing while preventing startling noises that can wake you up. You can even find white noise apps to use on your smartphone too.

Use Essential Oils

A number of essential oils can help treat insomnia and those who occasionally just can’t get to sleep get better rest. Lavender essential oil is particularly good, used for centuries for this very purpose. You can add it to an essential oil diffuser, or simply place a few drops onto a tissue and then put the tissue under your pillow. It’s known to promote a calm, relaxed state and can even lower your blood pressure and reduce your heart rate.

Follow Consistent Sleep Schedule

Following a consistent sleep schedule is important for quality shut-eye. If you wake up early throughout the work week and then sleep in on the weekend, it’s not doing you any favors. Instead, create a schedule that you can follow every night, or at least most nights, whether you’re working or not, waking up and going to bed at the same day each day.

Listen to Relaxing Musi

Listening to relaxing music just before bed has been found to help one fall asleep faster and improve the quality and length of sleep too. Similar to lavender essential oil, music can reduce both blood pressure and heart rate. Meditative music or classics like Bach and Mozart are especially good.