Good Bedtime Routine: If we want to have a productive and energetic today, we need to prepare it yesterday. If we learn from yesterday, we can live today and we’ll even have time to plan for tomorrow.
The best way to jumpstart your day isn’t the first thing you do in the morning – but the last thing you do the night before. And here is a list of 20 tips that you can use for your bedtime routine to start the next morning energetic and productive:
1. Create your bedtime routine.
The first thing to start with is by actually creating a bedtime routine. By this, I don’t mean just being a victim of consequences like kids, late dinners or office tasks that need to be done.
By creating a bedtime routine, you consciously create a set of behaviours that you will do (or not do) before you fall asleep that night.
In the beginning, it only needs to be a single thing that you adhere to like no laptop in the bed or TV for only 30 minutes or hitting at sack at 11:30 pm max.
And you can use the following tips to optimize your bedtime routine.
2. Play music.
Music has a variety of effects on our bodies. First of all, our bodies are 70% water and vibrations affect us physiologically.
By playing certain (soothing) music, you will feel relaxed and prepared for sleep. Now, it’s all about finding the perfect music for you. You need to find your own rhythm, so try out a lot of different songs and categories and see what fits you the best.
3. Read a book.
This one is a bit tricky – you should be reading a book before you sleep but not something which is hard to understand and needs a lot of straining from your conscious mind.
It’s best to read something lighter before bedtime because it will put your mind in a nice rhythm and will induce you into a qualitative sleep.
Pick something that interests you and is quite easy to read like “How To Win Friends & Influence People”.
4. Drink water.
Quality of sleep depends a lot on the hydration of our bodies. If you feel the thirst, it means you are already dehydrated.
The sacred rule I adhere to for a quality bedtime routine is one glass of water before bed and one glass of water as soon as I wake up.
5. Evaluate your today.
You planned out the 3 most important tasks that you need to do today. Now, it’s time to evaluate those tasks.
This is the time for self-reflection, and Self-Reflection Gives You a Happier and More Successful Life.
So sit down and evaluate if you managed to accomplish the 3 tasks that you set up the night before.
6. Do mindfulness exercise like meditation.
Mindfulness doesn’t have to be meditation, but meditation is almost always mindfulness.
Mindfulness trains your mind to become present and aware of the things and people that surround you. This makes you forget about the worries of the future and the regrets of the past and makes you live in the present.
Mindfulness as a bedtime routine helps you clear out your mind and makes you fall asleep easily, without those pesky regrets and worries sneaking up on you when you finally hit the sack.
7. Spend time with loved ones.
The biggest factor that contributes to a happy and fulfilled life is relationships – with friends, family and loved ones.
At the end of a long, arduous day, you should spend time with your loved ones- the people with whom you can share your happiness but also your sad moments.