If you’re struggling to get things done day to day, there are plenty of things you can do to help you get into a more productive mindset and finish off your to-do list once and for all. Although the things you do in the morning can definitely contribute to a more productive day, making sure your night-time ritual is great is crucial too. When your night-time ritual is on point, you’ll sleep easier, and wake up feeling ready to conquer everything you have on your list. These types of rituals can be hard to adopt, but they will pay off for a lifetime.
Let’s take a look at a guide you can use to create your own night time ritual that will help you to win the day!
Dim The Lights
A few hours before bed, dim the lights. It doesn’t have to be pitch black, but having as few lights on as possible will help to signal to your body that it’s close to bedtime. Because of modern day electricity, the body is easily confused. Most of our circadian rhythms aren’t in sync the way they should be, as bright lights make our bodies think it’s day time when really it’s night time. Dimming the lights in the evening will help you feel naturally tired when it’s bedtime, so you don’t lie awake for hours tossing and turning!
Take A Hot Bath
Taking a hot bath with the right bath products can help you to relax further, especially if you’ve had a stressful day. Not only will you feel every ache and pain in your body float away, your body temperature also drops upon leaving the bath, which is one of the best ways to drop off to sleep easily. If you want to supercharge the power of your bath, consider adding a bath bomb designed for sleeping, or even some essential oils.
Read A Motivational Book
Reading a motivational book before bed will fill your head with wonderful thoughts that can carry over into your dreams and the day ahead. Reading fiction is fine, if that’s what helps you to sleep, but finding the time to read self development books is also important, and will help you to no end in your waking life.
Make Yourself A Hot Sleep Tea
Sleep tea is a great tool to feel more relaxed and tired in no time at all. You have a few options; chamomile is great, as is rooibos. You can choose anything you like, providing it’s free from caffeine and makes you feel sleepy! Avoid adding sugar if you want the full sleep effects to take hold.
Make Sure Your Bedroom Is Suitable For Quality Sleep
If you’re going to drift off easily and enjoy a quality sleep, you need to make sure your bedroom is suitable for quality sleep. This means making sure you don’t have any lights interrupting your sleep pattern, and that your bed is suitable for you. Read mattress reviews if you know you need a new one; don’t leave it too late, or you could suffer with back problems! Make sure your duvet and pillows are all just right too, and that the temperature of your room is suitable. You shouldn’t have the room too warm, or you may struggle to drift into deep sleep.
Stop Watching TV And Using Other Electrical Devices
Watching TV before bed should be avoided, as should using your phone. If you read on your Kindle, utilize the night time reading features that gives a softer, yellow glow to the screen rather than a bright glow that will keep you awake at all hours. If you can stay away from electrical devices for a minimum of 1 hour before bed, you should find you fall asleep far easier and have a better quality sleep too.
Listen To Relaxing Music
Struggle to drift off? Create a relaxing music playlist and listen to this before bed. Instrumental music is great for this, and there are some playlists on Spotify ready made for you to look at. If you don’t want to listen to music, there’s a podcast called the ‘Sleep With Me’ podcast, designed to help those who struggle to drift off.
Exercise earlier on in the day can help you to sleep better at night, but before bed, it can actually leave you lying awake for longer. How about gentle stretching instead of intense exercise? Try a few yoga poses to loosen up your body and help you to feel super relaxed.
Meditation is recommended by successful, productive people all over the world. If you don’t currently meditate, you could be missing a trick! Meditating at night time can get you into the right mindset for sleep, and help you to feel more relaxed in an instant. If you don’t want to meditate, a yoga session or even deep breathing for a few minutes can have the same effects.
Write A List Of Everything You Have To Be Grateful For
A good habit to get into before sleep is to write a list of everything you are grateful for. Write down the good things that happened to you that day, and write at least 3 things you have to be grateful for. Taking a few minutes for reflection over your day and your life will teach you to be more positive, and you’ll go to sleep on a happy note. If you want to start the day on an even better note, write down 3 things you would like to accomplish that day, and then write down a personal affirmation that resonates with you and will make you feel like kicking ass!
Aromatherapy is a fantastic tool for releasing stress, sleeping better, feeling happier, and so much more. All you have to do is use the right oils and the right blends to help feel the way you want to feel. You can add them to your bath or body products, and even find them in sprays that you can apply to your bed clothing. A diffuser can also be a good option to enjoy the benefits while you sleep!
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