Does the perfect’s night sleep really exist? Make your dreams (pun intended) become a reality by incorporating these five tips into your nighttime routine.
1. The 5-Minute Clean Up
We all have those tedious chores and tasks we put off over, and over, and over again. Each night before heading to bed, set a timer for five minutes and challenge yourself to see how many of those tasks you can knock off the to-do list.
2. The 5-Minute Journal
Five minutes can be dedicated to more than just cleaning up your house. Try journaling for five minutes each evening to decompress the day. Whether you’re writing down simply what you accomplished that day, or what you want to do the next day, studies show the self-care practice of daily journaling has led to decreased anxiety, depression, and stress.
3. Plan for the Day Ahead
Speaking of planning ahead for the next day, having a glance at what you need to do the following day can lead to increased productivity. There are a number of ways to plan for tomorrow, whether it’s through journaling, an app on your phone, or just jotting down a few bullets on a sticky note.
4. Clear Your Mind
Meditation has been popular for centuries and for very good reason! By working to clear your mind through the act of meditation and mindfulness, you can hit the pillow stress-free. Just remember, meditation is a practice, so while it may be hard to sit still and relax your mind, by practicing each night you’ll become a pro at it in no time.
5. Turn Off Those Electronics
The final tip may be the one people dread the most. Listen to your doctor and turn off those electronic devices at least 15 minutes before you go to bed and don’t keep your phone near your bed. Ditching your electronics before bed reduces the amount of blue light your body will absorb, which has been linked to reducing the production of melatonin – which makes it harder to go to sleep.
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