Dog-tired? A nighttime ritual to help you feel more rested
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- Set an alarm. Think of everything you need to get done to prepare for bed and calculate how much time that takes. Then set two alarms – one for when you want to be asleep in order to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep and one for when you need to start preparing for bed. The sense of urgency will ensure that you don’t procrastinate.
- Keep your laptop, iPad and phone out of arm’s reach and turn off your TV. Don’t allow yourself to be tempted to use your electronic devices from bed: It may actually make you less productive at your job. If you use your phone as an alarm, place it across the room, which will also help you get out of bed in order to turn it off in the morning.
- Brush your teeth right after dinner. (Okay, maybe you can squeeze dessert in first.) Brushing your teeth not only knocks one more bedtime preparedness item off your list, but it also signifies that you’re winding down for the evening.
- If you have trouble falling asleep once you’re in bed, pick up a book. Reading is great for your mental health, and unlike TV or surfing the internet, reading can actually help you fall asleep faster.