Calming Bedtime Rituals for Better Sleep

wolfandmoroko Calming Bedtime Rituals for Better Sleep

Gone are the days when I could function like a normal human being on only 3 hours of sleep. If I don’t get seven hours of beauty sleep a night, I will not be a happy camper the next day. This comes as no surprise since most adults need between six and nine hours of sleep every night.

I have learned that a great night of sleep starts way before you go to bed. After deciding what time you need to wake up, establishing a regular bedtime ritual teaches the brain and internal body clock to become familiar with sleep times and wake times.

Establishing a bedtime ritual has really helped me enjoy the rewards of beauty sleep; hopefully, it will help you too!

How to Wind down before Bed

6 Hours before bed

  • Stop drinking caffeine. No sodas, energy drinks, coffee or non herbal teas.
  • Exercise.

3 Hours before bed

  • Stop drinking alcohol.
  • Start eating a light dinner.

2 Hours before bed

  • Finish eating dinner.
  • Finish up any light exercises, like stretching.
  • Stop drinking fluids.

1 Hour before bed

  • Turn off electronics.
  • Cool the room and bed.
  • Take a warm bath or shower – skin care addicts; this is when we start our relaxing night routine…facial massage anyone?
  • Listen to relaxing music like Marconi Union’s, Weightless which sound therapists have rated the most relaxing song in the world.
  • Dim the lights.
  • Read a book.

A toast to better rest! What are some of your favorite bedtime rituals? Let me know in the comments below.

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