Well the short answer to this is yes, they are essential. You may be asking but why do I need a specific bedtime routine? I’m sure as busy working adults, we have hectic schedules that require our utmost attention.
But what about our very necessary and innate habit of sleep? Just like how we plan out our days for getting ready to work, we should also plan out winding down for the day. Fret not! It doesn’t have to be complicated at all.
Why is a bedtime routine important and how do I get started?
For starters, it’s important as they create a lifelong habit that helps us distinguish when it’s time to take a much needed rest. They play an important role in reducing anxiety and stress, which can put those restless thoughts at bay.
Through a bedtime routine, relaxing tasks such as meditation, journaling and reading will help you to concentrate on unwinding for the day.
How to get started.
Bedtime routines differ from person to person, however these are some things you can try out for yourself and implement them if it works for you!
- Settle on a fixed bedtime : Set a time to begin your bedtime routine, this will help you to de-stress before you head to sleep or try to sleep. This time set can range from 30 mins to 2 hours before bed.
- Make your room a comfortable and cozy place : Take some time out of your bedtime routine to transform your bedroom into sleep paradise where things are dark, cold and quiet. This is the one place where you invite sleep to take over you so make it as sleep luring as possible.
- Try to calm that racing mind : Deep breathing exercises help you to physically and mentally let go of anything that’s been holding you back for the day. Try some light stretching with it to really help you loosen up your muscles. This can really help to lure you into a nice slumber.
- Having a light snack : No one likes to go to bed with an empty stomach, especially when it’s constantly growling and this can make it even harder to sleep. So is eating a heavy meal before your deep slumber, that can cause you to have indigestion. A nice middle ground would be to eat nuts, berries or a small cup of yogurt before bed.
Lastly, all the best in your venture to sleep.