The most successful and wealthy individuals in the world have some sort of morning routine or ritual that they perform every single day. They’re usually up bright and early, meditate, exercise, read, and work on personal projects way before the rest of the world even wakes up. They have officially mastered how to be productive, and even though they often discuss their morning routines, I can just about guarantee that the majority of them have bedtime routines as well.
You probably wake up feeling tired, a bit foggy, and definitely not ready to jump out of bed and tackle the day until you press snooze at least once. Luckily, setting yourself up with the right routine before going to sleep can help to change how you start your mornings. Here of some of the benefits of establishing a bedtime routine:
You’ll Fall Asleep Easier & Stay Asleep Longer
Taking an hour before sleep to create a bedtime routine that focuses on relaxation as opposed to letting the stresses of the day keep us awake, your body will get the time and attention it needs to focus on recovery.
Sleep is when your body rejuvenates and heals, and it’s important to make sure you’re allowing your body to focus on that throughout the night. If you’re one to toss and turn while you sleep, and wake up in the morning feeling like you didn’t sleep at all, it’s time for you to establish a sleep-centered bedtime routine. The routine I outline below is what I personally use to help combat my sleep issues and to get the most restful sleep possible.
Bedtime Routines Can Relieve Stress
Stress causes us to stay up late at night worrying about things that haven’t even happened yet such as upcoming bills, tomorrow night’s dinner, your morning meeting–all things that you don’t need to be dealing with while going to sleep. With a bedtime routine, you’ll make a to-do list for the next day, transferring all your mind’s worries onto paper so you won’t forget them tomorrow, and most importantly won’t think about them while you’re lying in bed.
Even better, you will wake up knowing exactly what needs to get done despite morning brain fog, so you can sleep as late as your schedule allows. No more waking up ahead of your alarm because you left yourself extra things to get done in the morning. To-do lists will also make your mornings more efficient because while you’re feeling groggy waiting for your coffee to finish brewing, you’ll know exactly what else you can be getting done without having to put much thought into it.
They’ll Also Make You More Productive
One of my favorite things about preparing ahead with a bedtime routine is that I don’t have to wake up stressing over what needs to be done that day and whether or not I’m forgetting anything. We all want to accomplish as much as possible in as little time as we can because let’s face it, there’s just not enough time in the day sometimes. The people who seem to effortlessly manage to get all of their daily tasks done by noon can often seem like an entirely different species when compared to the rest of us. But, let me tell you something. That can be you. It just takes a little bit of initial effort to see a huge change. Waking up immediately knowing what needs to be done for the day (and in what order, if you make your to-do lists like I do) can make the day’s tasks so much easier to tackle, and actually make you want to get out of bed to get started.
Efficient Bedtime Routines Can Make You Happier
Everybody likes to feel super productive and that they can accomplish any task they set their mind to. With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can be super productive and I promise it will make you feel like you are on top of the world. Productivity combined with a great night of sleep, less stress, and more time for things you actually enjoy leads to a much happier you.
So, now what? Changing the way you end off your days with a bedtime routine can make a huge impact on your quality of life. No single bedtime routine will work perfectly for everyone– I’ll give you recommendations based on my personal bedtime routine which can then be tweaked to fit your needs and your lifestyle.
Here’s how to get started with a bedtime routine:
Establishing any sort of routine in life can be difficult, especially at first. We all feel like we don’t have time in the mornings to get things done, so we come home after work and scramble for the few hours we have to do things at home and spend time with loved ones before going to bed and starting all over again. If we ever want to change we need to make a commitment to ourselves no matter what circumstances we’re in, and implement the bedtime routines that fit our lifestyles. The same bedtime routine will never work for everyone, so just make sure to find what works for you and work ceaselessly to turn it into a habit.
What do you think you could be doing as a part of your bedtime routine to make your mornings easier and your days less stressful?
Originally published at mindsetstoassets.com