THINGS YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE BEDTIME
First of all, switch off all electronic devices—be it the television, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or even a gaming console. You can do it an hour before you sleep. You see, most gadgets emit blue light that can stimulate your brain. Even before you realize it, those 15 minutes of mindless scrolling can end up in you staying up all night long.
It’s a trap, and you can watch the recent documentary The Social Dilemma to understand how it works. So, make sure you don’t check your emails, news or even social media at night!
The other thing you can do is practise relaxation exercises or meditation before bed. Try to meditate for 15 to 20 minutes before bedtime, and you’ll feel a huge difference in terms of being able to fall asleep. Sit cross-legged on the bed or lie down comfortably, breathe deeply a few times, think of things you are grateful for, and tell yourself the day is over now.
There are others who find reading or listening to music more relaxing. But, make sure you read in a separate room because your brain must only associate your bed with sleep and intimacy.
Last but not the least, you can always practice writing a journal. It helps you remember all that you are grateful for or spill out your thoughts. This can be extremely calming. You can also make your to-do list for the next day so that you have a headstart the next morning.
Practice this bedtime routine day after day, and you will be sleeping better only to wake up well-rested the next day!