Everyone should have a nighttime routine. What you do before you call it a night has a huge impact on the outcome of your next day. Getting an adequate amount of sleep is one of the most important things you can do for yourself – your physical and mental health. Successful people realize this. And they make sure to get everything in line before the start of their next day.
1. Successful people make to-do lists
Cant remember anything? Me either. I will literally tell myself to remember something that I’ll need in 5 minutes, and 5 minutes later, I’ve forgotten. I cannot work throughout my day without making a to-do list. This is something most successful people do at night. It helps them to clear their heads at the end of the night, so that they’re not faced with a racing mind. It also sets them up for success the next morning.
2. They plan out sleep
I love doing this. My friends laugh at me all the time but I don’t care! Sleepyti.me is my go to website and app to use to plan out my sleep. I cannot function properly without a good 8-9 hours of sleep. This helps me to know exactly when I need to fall asleep in order to wake up on time and feel refreshed. The thing I love about this website is that it gives you options. It gives you a set of different times that will yield the best sleep for you in terms of sleep cycles. Give it a try! I promise you’ll love it.
3. They read
If I’m having difficulty falling asleep I always crack open a book. It’s the fastest way for my eyes to get heavy. Not only will reading in bed, at night, help you unwind, but it can knock off a bunch of books off your to-read list. But you don’t just have to read books of course. Successful people will read anything that can help breed ideas and creativity.
4. They meditate / pray
Relaxing your body and mind is key to having a good nights rest. No one likes to toss and turn all night and then wake up feeling like a zombie. Try meditating for a few minutes and see the change begin to happen.
5. Successful people unplug
Turn off the cell phone! Turn off the TV! Turn off the email! These are all things accomplished people do before they get ready to hit the hay. 84% of cellphone users say they cannot go a single day without using their phone (source). At 10pm every night, my phone goes on Do Not Disturb mode. It’s the most wonderful, refreshing decision I’ve ever made for myself. It gives me that chance to forget about work, social media or emails, and gives me the chance to center myself. Researchers have discovered that powering down your devices helps combat unhealthy feelings of jealousy or loneliness (source). Apart from bed time, I also like to make it a point to leave my phone elsewhere and take much needed time to meditate and unplug during the day as well.
6. They have a night-time/hygiene ritual
Having a night time routine sends a psychological signal to the brain that you are getting ready for bed (source). At night around 9:30-10pm I like to turn off all bright lights in my apartment. Close the blinds and light candles. I turn off the TV, go to my little corner nook in my living room, and I read and meditate. After I’m done reading, I head to the bathroom and begin my hygiene routine. By the end of this ritual, I’m calm, drowsy and ready to go to sleep.
7. They stay away from alcohol
Now, I’ve always been one to believe that drinking a glass of wine right before bed was a way to help promote sleep. And while it does help make you fall asleep, alcohol robs you of quality sleep. Having alcohol in your system at night keeps you in the lighter stages of the sleep cycle. After reading on this, I realized that I’ve always considered myself to be a light sleeper and tend to be in and out of sleep, often, many times throughout the night.
8. They take short walks/exercise
Although lots believe that working out closer to bed time can hinder ones ablity to fall asleep, The National Sleep Foundation found that exercising can actually help one fall asleep. Everyone is different. I know that when I work out I gradually become more tired so I make it a point to work out towards the end of the night. No one wants to be caught sleeping with their head down at the desk during the work day!
9. They stay creative
If you’re a creative person, taking that extra time out of your night to creatively stimulate your mind can really help in a better nights sleep. Have you every been plagued with all these amazing ideas and try to sleep but just cant seem to turn your brain to power off mode? Successful people take a few moments to write in a journal, jot down ideas, draw or even pick out their outfit for the next day. Getting out this burst of creativity will for sure help to ease your mind and let you drift off into sleep.
10. Successful people picture/imagine the things they’ll accomplish tomorrow
Envision a positive outcome to your next day. The more you think positively about your overall outcome, the more likely you are to have a great successful day.
Don’t forget to share what you do during your night-time routine!