Everyone needs quality sleep at night. Without a good night's rest, you will be sleep deprived the next day, which could lead to you not performing at your highest level. If you are in the market for a better night's sleep, then you might want to think about incorporating a bedtime ritual.
After all, highly successful people try to get the most out of their time. They might have the same amount of hours in the day as everyone else (a dilemma that no one can escape), but they use every single hour to their advantage by creating morning routines, daily schedules, to-do lists and bedtime rituals.
If you are in search of a better night's sleep, then create a bedtime/night/sleep ritual, and make sure you incorporate the tips below while you are making it.
Note: Just like a morning routine, a bedtime ritual should happen at the same time every single night. It is a ritual, after all. This also means you should be going to sleep at the same time every night.
Tips For A Successful Bedtime Ritual
- Steer Clear Of Technology
- Plan For Tomorrow
- Revisit Your Goals And Dreams -- And Get Inspired
Steer Clear Of Technology
According to sleepfoundation.org, "Children who leave electronics on at night are reported to be more likely to fall asleep in school."
Why is this? Well, maybe because children are staying awake later playing with electronics, or maybe the lighting from the technology (such as a TV) is negatively affecting the sleep environment.
Nonetheless, it appears that technology does affect sleep -- well, in some cases, because everyone is truly different. Not to mention, watching TV is a lot less productive than doing some form of work, or gaining knowledge in some fashion.
Highly successful people wind down in some fashion at some point during the day, but they are constantly looking for ways to be more successful. So instead of watching TV at night, which can affect sleep habits, successful people read...
Reading at night, of course, leads to you gaining more knowledge, becoming a better reader and it could even help you become a better writer.
Here's what sleepfoundation.org has to say about this matter: "Your body needs time to shift into sleep mode, so spend the last hour before bed doing a calming activity such as reading."
So, not only is reading beneficial from a knowledge standpoint, but it can also help you get to sleep at night. Not to mention, if you start reading at the same time every night (along with following a routine in general), your body will get used to said routine and you will likely get a better night's rest.
Plan For Tomorrow
While some people toss and turn at night because their rooms are too hot or too much light is getting in, some people can't get to sleep at night because they are constantly worrying about something. That is why people should plan for tomorrow.
This will surely help a person see what is in store for the next day. Building a schedule not only helps a person stay on track (getting behind can really lead to a person feeling overwhelmed), but it also is reassuring in the sense that it shows a person that he/she can get everything done. With that said, if a schedule seems too overwhelming on paper, then it is going to be a nightmare when you are actually living it out.
By planning for tomorrow, you are not only getting ahead of your schedule, but you also could sleep better since you will have less to worry about.
Revisit Your Goals And Dreams -- And Get Inspired
Nighttime is the perfect time to revisit your goals and dreams, which could -- and should -- be a very inspiring process.
Why should you add this to your bedtime ritual, though? Well, because there is nothing better than going to bed motivated and ready to tackle the next day. Once again, if you are worried and stressed out, you might end up tossing and turning the entire night.
People don't revisit their goals and dreams enough, which could lead to them getting off track. If you are trying to achieve as much success as possible, then you have to implement a bedtime ritual. Not only will this lead to motivation and you staying ahead of your schedule, but it should also lead to you getting a good night's rest every night.