Building Healthy Bedtime Habits
You work hard every day, and if there is one thing your body needs after a full day of work, it is rest. The kicker is, getting a restful night of sleep isn’t easy. Even if you feel physically tired, sometimes your mind just won’t stop going. You have worries, unexpected events, and daily chaos that can make falling asleep and staying asleep difficult.
Although getting restful sleep may never be easy, changing your bedtime habits can help make a difference. What’s more, taking the time to invest in healthy evening habits can help make waking up the next morning easier, help you feel better physically and mentally, and give you the energy you need at work.
Here are a few things that help you build a good evening routine:
- Figure out how much sleep makes you feel rested: For most people, this number will probably be between seven to nine hours of sleep. When you know how much sleep you need, calculate what time you’ll need to go to bed in order to wake up in time. Try to go to bed by this specific time.
- Prepare for success: Ask yourself what you can do tonight that will help you the next morning. From laying out your uniform you’ll wear the next morning to making a lunch ahead of time, having a night routine that makes your morning routine easier is always a wise move.
- Eliminate anti-sleep habits: Many things can make it difficult for us to fall asleep, including screens on phones, laptops and televisions. Likewise, alcohol usage, drinking caffeine, and taking naps can make it more difficult to fall and stay asleep. If you’re struggling to fall asleep, try to eliminate some of these habits.
- Go to sleep feeling ready for what’s next: When you have the right amount of sleep, and you know you have done everything to make your morning smooth, waking up will become much easier and more enjoyable.
- Do you have a set nighttime routine? How could having set habits help make your life easier?
- Do your nighttime habits make waking up easier or more difficult?
- How does getting enough sleep help you in your day?