Having a great bedtime ritual will set you up for a smoother morning and a more productive day. There’s also a reduced chance of going through your day feeling all groggy.
If you’re having a hard time resting and falling asleep, try these tips to make the transition to rest easier every night.
Suspend daily concerns
What if you get to bed on time, but lie awake worrying about your credit card bills or tomorrow’s meeting at work? Resolve to let go of distractions so you can sleep better.
Meditate or pray
Meditation and prayer may be just what you need to guide your mind towards sleep. Relax and focus on virtuous thoughts.
Engage in monotony
For some people, boredom is the preferred solution. Before getting into bed, organize your sock drawer or read through the manual that came with your car. If you're still feeling wired, count sheep or recite multiplication tables to yourself.
Play a lullaby
Music is so effective at putting babies to sleep that there’s a whole category of songs for this purpose. Music is an approach you can still use when you get older. You might like Mozart or soft jazz.
Create a trigger
Our minds and bodies are closely connected. Any object or practice can make us drowsy if we learn to associate it with sleep. Put on a pair of soft flannel pajamas when you're ready to retire for the night. Go ahead and hug your teddy bear.
Good quality sleep protects your mental and physical health and enables you to enjoy life. Rely on bedtime rituals that will help you doze off faster and stay asleep all night long.