Getting the proper amount of sleep is crucial to staying happy and motivated in order to be a successful person. Accomplishing this is getting harder as society becomes busier. It’s important to establish daily bedtime routines that ensure a restful night’s sleep.
What bedtime habits do successful entrepreneurs cultivate? Is great sleep part of their secret to success?
Here’s what the most successful people do to ensure they get a great night’s sleep.
A consistent bedtime
One of the most valuable bedtime habits to pick up: Stick to the same bedtime every day. To establish control over the efficiency and productivity of your day it is best to stay away from an irregular sleep schedule. Maintain the same bedtime and wake up schedule every day even on weekends.
Knowing the plan for the next day and writing it down helps to keep you focused and prepared. This habit also keeps you from running your to-do list through your head as you try to fall asleep. Once you’ve established the concrete goals for the next day you won’t have to waste sleep time worrying about them.
Calm sleep environment
It is suggested that a cool bedroom is best to induce sleep and maintain sleep. Research has shown that 65 degrees Fahrenheit is conducive to good sleep. Turn off the lights and use shades or curtains to block out light; the darker the room the better.
Use your bedroom as a place just for sleep so it is easier to wind down and relax. You want to be able to associate your bedroom with a cozy and soothing atmosphere.
Activities that help you relax
Take a shower or bath before bed, this activity encourages calmness and raises your body temperature. Your body temperature will drop afterwards as you cool off, this will create a state of drowsiness, making it easier to fall asleep.
A night time stroll is recommended for fresh air and also helps refresh the mind as well. This can lead to a flow of new ideas, opening up creativity and work toward solving problems.
Meditating is also a good way to relieve stress before bed and help with relaxation. A more peaceful state of mind can be achieved through meditative practices; clearing the mind of negative thoughts by focusing on breathing, imagery and visualization.
Reading is one of the best bedtime habits to adopt. It’s a good way to wind down and get your mind on something else besides work stress and duties.
What to avoid before bed
Eating right before bed isn’t recommended because your digestive system will work too hard.
Caffeine and alcohol should be avoided at bedtime. Caffeine, being a stimulant, will energize you. Alcohol, while producing drowsiness initially, will cause your body temperature to raise creating wakefulness and intermittent sleep.
Don’t exercise vigorously before bed. Exercise energizes you and is a great activity to do in the morning to get your day going and help you feel better. Exercise does benefit sleep however; light stretching is recommended if done before bed.
Ending the day on a positive note
Recall all the positives from your day; write down the three best things that happened. Remember there is always tomorrow and life goes on. Worrying is one of the most harmful bedtime habits and keeps the brain from needed sleep in order to recharge it. Getting the proper amount of restful sleep improves mood and health which in turn creates more successful entrepreneurs.