Do you have a bedtime routine that helps you wind down from the day? Rituals at the end of the day can be a great way to mentally and physically switch off and prepare for restful sleep.
Set your bedtime alarm
Just like you would set an alarm to wake up, set a time (and an alarm) to remind you to go to bed. This eliminates the decision of when you should turn in for the night and sets up a routine that becomes a habit.
Turn off electronics
Remove distractions and put screens away as early in the evening as you can. Blue light from electronics keeps the brain awake unnaturally.
Wash off the day
Whether you take a full shower or just wash your face, cleansing has a ritualistic benefit that, out of habit, let’s your brain know you’re ready to sleep.
Journal or plan
Whether you like to keep a journal, write down your daily gratitude list or plan your tasks for the coming day – putting pen to paper in the evening can help you finalize your thoughts for the day and remove worries about the day’s schedule ahead.
While you don’t want to overdo water intake just before bed, it’s important to stay hydrated. Keep a glass of water next to you so you can also hydrate first thing in the morning.
A great way to unwind is to get into a good book and read for 15 – 30 minutes before sleeping. I still prefer a real book with proper pages!
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