Almost everyone is talking about how our morning routine affects our productivity during the day forgetting that our bedtime routine can also affect our productivity. Good and sound sleep is a necessity. Lack of sleep affects our activities during the day. Usually, inadequate sleep makes you feel tired and dull during the day. Your eyes feel heavy and you lack concentration.
Our sleep is usually affected by some of the things we do right before bedtime. I know we all don’t really like routines. Personally, after work, I’d love to stay in bed and watch movies till I fall asleep but that will hurt my sleep and affect my morning and entire day at work. In this article, I’m going to suggest just a few routines you can try every evening and see how peaceful and sound you’d sleep.
TIP 1: UNPLUG
In some of my previous articles, I’ve talked about how helpful unplugging is. Try to stay away from electronics like phone, laptop, and TV an hour or two before your bedtime. This allows you time to relax before you finally fall asleep. This makes you feel totally refreshed and recharged when you wake up in the morning.
TIP 2: NO CAFFEINE
Stay away from anything containing caffeine 4 hours before your bedtime. Taking caffeine within hours of your bedtime keeps you up past the time you’re supposed to be asleep. This means when you finally sleep, you’d sleep for only a few hours and it’s morning already. You’d wake up feeling tired and drained. And that is not healthy.
TIP 3: KEEP TO THE TIME WORK ENDS
When it’s time to stop working, stop. As a web designer, I’m accustomed to working past my stop work time. I’d usually go like “Let me finish this last item”. I check the time and it’s five to six hours past my stop work time. I realized this was affecting my sleep. I wasn’t getting enough time to relax before sleep. I was always waking up tired until I started obeying the time I set for myself.
TIP 4: DON’T NAP CLOSE TO YOUR BEDTIME
This is a no-no. Don’t do it. Napping close to your bedtime is a bad idea. You might end up waking up at your bedtime. Some people might find it easy to get back to sleep but for some of us, it’s a struggle. You might end up staying up till there’s just two hours of sleep time left before you have to wake up so don’t nap close to your bedtime. It’s a bad idea, I repeat.
TIP 5: MEDITATE
This right here is my favorite thing to do every evening. I take a few minutes, lay or sit in bed, clear my mind, and focus on my breath. I slowly inhale and exhale while I think of nothing except for my breath. This is one amazing way to relax and take your mind off our everyday stress.
TIP 6: TAKE A WARM BATH
Warm baths are known for muscle relaxations. Taking a warm bath before bed keeps you relaxed and helps you to get sound sleep.