If you have a hard time winding down at night or you wake up feeling like you’ve hardly slept then it’s time to make a few changes. Here’s how to get a better night’s rest.
The LED lights from your laptop, notebook, and smartphone are actually a stimulant so set a goal to unplug at least an hour before you head to bed. Not only that, but unplugging will help you shift from work and social mode to rest mode. The only exception is your e-reader if reading helps you relax.
Do Something Relaxing
Speaking of relaxation, spend at least 5 minutes doing something that helps you wind down in the evening. This might include:
- Gentle stretching
- Drinking chamomile tea
- Taking melatonin and/or magnesium
- Taking a bath
- Listening to binary beats
- Deep breathing exercises
- Journaling about what you were most grateful for today
Set A Sleep Intention
It doesn’t matter what you are doing in your day setting an intention is effective in achieving your goal. When it comes to bedtime your intention should be to have peaceful dreams, wake up feeling energized, to let go of the stress of the day, and to heal and relax your body from head to toe—inside and out.
Last but not least, don’t do anything negative at least an hour before bedtime. No angry phone calls, stressful emails, scary or action-packed movies, replaying negative events in your mind, and no watching the news directly before bedtime.