Sleep is a wonderful thing, especially if you can get enough of it.
Having healthy bedtime habits are not only important for feeling well-rested, but also help promote the sleep necessary to having a productive day the next morning.
I have incorporated these bedtime habits into my nightly routine, especially when I travel, and they definitely have had a positive effect on how I feel when I get up the next day.
If you struggle with your bedtime routine too, try these 5 sleep-inducing strategies so nothing stands between you and your bed each night. They just might be what you need to get better sleep too!
Eat Dinner Early
I have always preferred to eat dinner early, and I must say, I feel better when I have my main meal early in the evening. Eating too close to bed time can increase the risk of heartburn and indigestion, making it harder to fall asleep.
Experts also warn against indulging in bed time munchies. Eating late in the evening interferes with your body’s natural circadian rhythm and prevents it from powering down and preparing for sleep.
Enjoy Light Exercise
I always believed that exercise before bed was a big bedtime no-no. Not true, as long as you don’t participate in vigorous exercise that increases your heart rate and raises your body core temperature.
Exercising before bed can actually be a good thing if it’s a less vigorous activity that helps you unwind. Low-intensity yoga is perfect to practice before going to bed. Some yoga poses help combat restlessness and insomnia and improve sleep. Try a few poses a couple of times a week to help your body get a good restful sleep.
Shower at Night
I always bathed my children at night and the routine helped them know it was time for bed. The same bedtime habit is beneficial for adults too.
Taking a warm shower before bed is relaxing and helps make your body feel ready for sleep. The main trick is to not start too late in the evening because you don’t want to heat yourself up right before bed.
For sleep inducing results, time your shower so you’re finished about an hour and a half prior to hitting the sack. That way, by the time you lay down, your body will be cool, dry and ready for sleep.
One quick way I motivate myself to go to bed is to have something to look forward to. I love cozy pajamas that I can’t wait to put on at night and a super comfy mattress that makes the bedroom feel like a five-star hotel.
When it was time to replace my old, worn-out mattress, I researched many brands and found the GhostBed memory foam mattress to be just about perfect in every way!
Sleeping on a memory foam mattress that supports you whether you’re sleeping belly up, face down or somewhere in between is essential to keeping all of your pressure points happy. The end result? You get more restful and restorative sleep each night.
Take a Book to Bed
Yes, a real, made-of-paper book. While I can download just about any reading material on my smart phone and tablet, the blue light these devices emit keeps me up at night.
If you just can’t go back to turning real pages though, consider an e-reader that doesn’t have a bright, backlit screen.
Time for Better Sleep
Give yourself a head start to a great night’s sleep by adding these 5 bedtime habits to your daily routine. As long as you’re consistent, you should notice it’s easier to fall asleep once your head hits the pillow, resulting in improved health, positivity, inner mood, and productivity.
Let me know in a comment below which bedtime habits you use to help you get a good night’s sleep.
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