Watching TV, spending time with friends, surfing the internet(maybe that’s how you stumbled across this blog). These are some of the most popular things regular people usually do before they sleep at night. Most people however don’t know that their night-time rituals – or lack of them – affect their sleep patterns and so have negative effects on their mornings. And we all know that a ruined morning oftentimes precedes a bad day. These bad pre-sleep rituals affect our health, our productivity and our personal lives. Successful people are a good example of some of the best night-time rituals that give better-quality sleep, increase productivity and improve health.
Here are 7 things successful people do before they turn in.
- Wrap up work for the day: Most people end work by 5:pm, some later. Whenever you close from work, wrap it up and move on to another phase of the day. If you have other appointments to keep, ensure your work doesn’t keep you from them. Most of our 24 hours are taken up by sleep and work, so ensure to allocate the remaining time to other important life activities.Also read: 7 things successful people do before 9:am.
- Spend time with friends and family: Everyday should have some hours dedicated to staying connected to the important people in our lives. Some people have days dedicated to dinner with family or hangouts with friends, these are important. Not everyone can go to bed at the same time as their partner, but if you can, it gives a good opportunity to spend time with them and share stories about how your days went.
- Plan for tomorrow: One of the most important things to do before each day ends is to plan for the day ahead. This will help you save time the next day and make sure you are prepared in case you wake up late or experience any delays the next day. In addition to getting your clothes ready and putting any documents you need in order, noting what was accomplished, what was not and the new to-dos for the day ahead will relax you and help get you ready for the day ahead.
- Read: Many successful people are widely read. Reading widens your horizons and teaches you so much that you would be otherwise be ignorant of. Try to read for at least half an hour before bed each day – more if you can manage it.
- Get unplugged: Successful people disconnect from work before bed to avoid distractions that will disrupt their sleep patterns or make them dwell on work-related issues when they are preparing to end the day. You do not want to be lying awake, thinking about a work email you just received. Aside from work distractions, studies show that the blue light entering our eyes from our phones, tablets, computers and other gadgets restrain the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycle or circadian rhythm. Reducing melatonin makes it harder to fall and stay asleep.
- Reflect on the day’s successes: a lot of people dwell on what went wrong during the day and forget to be grateful for the successes they had that day. Stressing on the day’s failings leaves you feeling stressed, pressured and insufficient. Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense”. Some successful people recommend writing down three accomplishments each day to help you retire on a positive note.
- Get enough sleep: getting enough hours of sleep is one of the most important energy sources for the day. Feelings of lethargy and tiredness are a byproduct of insufficient sleep. You simply won’t have a productive day without enough sleep.