A good night’s rest is a key to good preparation for a good day the next. I, however as much as I know this, am one of those peeps with a racing mind and can be much of a night owl, finding it a struggle to wind down sometimes at night for bed. I keep some tips and tricks up my sleeve to help me prepare to hit the sack each night so that I can ensure I get a restful night to be ready to go for the next busy day.
1.) Eat earlier. Try and eat at least three hours before bed. A tip to remember is that food fuels us which can in turn make you feel more awake and not able to settle down as easily for bed.
2.) Schedule wind down time. Set reminders on your phone to remind you to start winding down for bed. I set my Fitbit to notify me when it’s 15 minutes before bed so that I can shut down all my screens and meditate before laying my head on the pillow.
3.) Scent therapies. Burn incense or candles in relaxing scents to help put yourself at ease. Lavender essential oil therapies can help relax you also.
4.) Take a warm bath or shower. This is a great way to wind down after a busy day and relax your muscles.
5.) Read. Curl up in bed with a good story and read for at least 15 minutes to calm your mind.
6.) Drink a cup of hot tea. Try to choose something decaf. Chamomile is a great choice to sip on.
7.) Complete a wind down yoga sequence. My favorite night time poses are legs up on the wall, child pose, and cobra.
8.) No screen time. Electronics stimulate the mind. Turn off the TV, the computer, and put the phone down.
9.) Dim the lights. Turn a soft lamp on while you wind down. Set your phone to turn down the blue light.
10.) Meditate. This is a great way to clear your mind before bed.