15 Relaxing Things You Should Do Before Bed October 19, 2016 09:52
You won't have trouble falling asleep if you incorporate these relaxing moves into your nighttime routine.
Here are some ritual ideas you can get into the habit of including in your bedtime routine to help you relax and get ready for sleep.
These activities can act as triggers to get your body and mind into a restful state. Use them alone, or in combinations that work for you.
Take a hot bath with epsom salts and calming aromatherapy products
Take a few minutes to write in a gratitude journal.
Engage in a spiritual practice like prayer or meditation.
Create a "worry list" to help get these items out of your head as you ready for sleep.
Do some gentle stretching and/or breath work.
Dim the lights—you might enjoy candlelight or salt lamps. Science has proven than light pollution wrecks your sleep, so close the shades and dim the lights before bedtime
Use aromatherapy for calming or relaxing.
Read a relaxing fictional book (taking care that it isn't too gripping or stimulating).
Take time to practice your bedtime self-care routine (washing your face, brushing your teeth, moisturizing your skin).
Listen to calming music. Like with your reading, make sure the tracks you choose are relaxing and put you in a calm head space for sleep.
Engage in a "body scan"—lying in bed, start at your toes and end at your scalp, tensing each part of your body and releasing it.
Quietly cuddle or engage in personal contact with your partner or family members.
Take some time to unplug your devices and place them in another room.
Prepare your clothes and belongings for the next day.
Practice a mindfulness routine—focus on your breath, the environment, and body sensations in the moments before sleep.