We often tend to underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep when it comes to our state of mind. But it is not only the sleep—but also the things we do before we go to bed that matter. Many of us watch shows, browse through the internet, get sloshed and pass out. FYI, none of these ways are healthy.
Your sleep is a bridge between finishing off a day and starting another one and you need to make the best out it to feel rejuvenated in the morning, start afresh and be strong.
So, today we are suggesting a few things that you can mould into a routine to follow before you sleep to wake up happier and on a positive note.
1. Practice gratitude
Practicing gratitude is a very powerful thing. Take a few minutes and pen down the things you are grateful for. When you do this drill right before hitting bed, the brain emphasizes on generating positive thoughts and thus reducing stress.
Studies also suggest that gratitude helps you feel more optimistic and reduces stress and anxiety. And once you start writing down about things you are grateful for, you choose to welcome optimistic thoughts and start appreciating the little things in life.
2. Plan the next morning
Make a to-do-list for the next day. When you do that or even set reminders, your brain feels at ease knowing that a list of tasks is stored somewhere that it can refer to. This allows your brain to stop thinking about them and relax instead.
3. Analyse your day
There will be things that you’ve accomplished and there will be tasks left undone when you analyse your day. So you must try to detach yourself from judgement while doing this exercise. You will have a few things to feel proud about and a thing or two that you’ll learn to do differently. It’s a win-win either way.
This will help you keep a track of your progress and your goals, and help you feel prouder of how far you’ve come the next day.
4. Listen to some music and relax
According to the American National Sleep Foundation listening to music before sleeping can even help those with sleep disorders by boosting sleep quality. They suggest that you should listen to songs with a slow rhythm to ensure effectiveness of this technique.
Music has the ability to soothe your frayed nerves and put your mind at ease. So, make yourself a little playlist and play out some soft tunes as you go to bed.
5. Have something nice to drink
No. we are not talking about chugging a glass of beer. We are suggesting drinking a glass of warm milk with honey. It will help calm you down and have a good night’s sleep. Chamomile tea also does wonders in making sure your sleep is uncompromised. Junk food, coffee and alcohol are a big no if you want to feel physically good, first thing in the morning.
6. Take a break from technology
Do whatever needs your immediate response or attention like responding to mails and such, and then keep your gadgets away before you go to bed. Perhaps the reason you can’t sleep is because you are busy tweeting about it and that is not going to do you any good. Engage yourself in activities mentioned above, spend time nurturing yourself, and go to bed on a calmer and happier note—and hence wake up feeling better too.