Want to have healthy, peaceful sleep and wake up refreshed tomorrow? Here's a list of good bedtime habits that are easy to apply.
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How you wake up tomorrow depends in great measure on the quality of your sleep and the comfort of the bed you sleep in, but also the life problems you are facing. That is why is advisable to practice developing good bedtime habits before you go to sleep.
Let’s look at seventeen rituals that will help you wake up refreshed and ready for the new day.
- A Light Evening Meal – A light meal will contribute to better sleep. We recommend you eat a healthy meal with fewer than 150 calories. That will help you to wake up full of energy.
- Clean Your Room – Ten minutes before you go to bed, clean the room where you are sleeping and prepare your things for the new day. That way, you will wake up in clean, tidy room, and you will have more time in the morning to lie in bed, or drink your morning coffee.
- Turn Off the Lights – Increase the quality of your sleep by making sure all the lights are turned off before you go to sleep.
- Prepare Your Body One Hour Before Bed – With the number of obligations we face during the day, our body gets used to living with a certain amount of stress. In order to relax and not waste time in bed trying to fall asleep, take one hour before you go to sleep, and use that time to do a couple of things that will relax your body. When it becomes habit, your body will recognize the right time for sleeping, and you will enjoy more peaceful sleep in the same amount of time.
- Try Some Easy Exercises – Trying a few easy exercises is another good bedtime habit that will help you relax. You will need only ten minutes for this. Keeping in mind that each body has different needs, choose the exercises that suit you the most. Repeating them every day will not only help you get fit, but also help with digestion.
- Leave Problems for Tomorrow – Regardless of the old saying, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today,” worrying about problems is often a major obstacle for good sleep. You can postpone those problems until tomorrow by writing them down on a piece of paper.
- Don’t Sabotage Your Sleep – How often do you take your phone out to schedule the alarm for tomorrow, and one hour later you are still on the phone? You checked your business e-mails, reviewed all the new posts on Facebook, and incidentally found out that there is a new episode of your favorite TV show. Maybe it would be better to choose an alarm that comes with fewer distractions that risk cutting into your precious sleep.
- Leave Something Sweet for the End – Get into the habit of working something sweet, a little tenderness, into your bedtime routine. You can spend with your pet, pampering with your partner, or perhaps in conversation with your family.
- Imagine Success Tomorrow – You may have heard about the famous motivational movie, “The Secret,” which explains how important success visualization is, and how we collect in that way positive energy and later, consciously or unconsciously, we go towards it.
- Reading – Successful people read before they go to bed. That is in large part because they don’t have much time during the day. But the brain is especially effective at processing things it takes in just before sleep. So, read up on information that is important to you before you go to bed, whether that is a blog or ancient philosophy.
- Make a List of Obligations for Tomorrow – Some people sometimes can’t sleep because they have so much on their minds. Calm down your thoughts by making a list of your obligations for tomorrow. Release your thoughts and tension with the order you create on your list.
- Spend More Time with Your Family – Psychologists claim there is nothing that will calm you down as much as spending time with your family or your pet before you go to bed. Even small talk with your partner in bed can be helpful.
- Summarize Your Day – Successful people like to make the bottom line and look back at daily events. They try to remember the things they are grateful for. That helps them to be motivated, especially if they are going through a rough period. Sometimes, they put that on paper and summarize things that make them laugh or increase their confidence.
- Meditate – If you are very busy during the day, your brain will function rapidly and will be always in action. That can make it difficult to calm down and fall asleep. Ten minutes of meditation will relax your spirit and your body.
- Don’t be in Touch with Your Business – Business people tend to check their e-mails in the evening and think about the obligations for the new day, but there must be a limit. Those who are really successful manage to snooze in one moment all their devices, so their minds are free, restful and without any tension.
- Banish Negative Thoughts – The last thing you need is to be trapped by negative thoughts that make you ask yourself hundreds of times if you could have done things differently. Train yourself to think positive instead, especially before sleeping.
- Remove Your Makeup – No matter how tired you are, always remove your makeup. If you go to bed with your makeup on, your pores will be closed during the night and your skin won’t be able to hydrate itself with natural oils. The makeup you leave on your face during the night can produce pimples. If you don’t clean your face up, free radicals you collected during the day will stay on your skin during the whole night. That can encourage wrinkles and break down collagen.
These are very easy bedtime habits, right? So, what will it cost you to try them out? Don’t wait, good sleep is one of the most important factors for being productive the next day and leading a healthy life.