Most individuals have a morning routine designed to get them ready for the day ahead. This typically includes eating breakfast, drinking a cup of coffee or tea, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and sometimes taking a shower. Unfortunately, many do not have a nighttime routine in place and simply put on their pajamas and fall asleep whenever they feel it is the right time. This is a mistake, as research indicates having an excellent nighttime routine is quite beneficial when it comes to getting a better night’s sleep. Stop tossing, turning, and waking up in the middle of the night by developing a nighttime routine now.
Turn Off Screens
The vast majority of us love our electronic devices from smartphones and laptops to televisions. However, an abundance of research indicates using electronics and staring at screens before bed can significantly disrupt our sleep. The screens stimulate the brain, reduce the amount of sleep we get due to spending so much time on them, and cause stress due to checking emails from work and text messages. Furthermore, the blue light screens emit not only damages our eyes, but can also interfere with our internal body clock and reduce the quality of our sleep.
All of these are vital reasons why turning off all screens before bed is critical to falling asleep and getting a good, full night of rest. Reports indicate turning off screens at least an hour before turning in for the night is the most ideal for falling asleep, but be sure to eliminate electronics at least half an hour before if you are crunched for time.
Continue reading to learn how to build on this success and how developing a schedule for sleep comes into play.