Most people believe morning is the most important time of the day – and while it’s certainly important, the end of the day can be even more so. There is something about the few hours before you sleep that say something about who you are. Most people tend to jump right into bed and wait for sleep. Have you ever considered, however, that maybe the zing your life is lacking or needs could come from a wind down routine? That maybe how you shut down at the end of the day is just as important as how you turn up in the morning?
Here are a couple of things to consider for when you feel driven to do better or for when you need to fall asleep anywhere:
The intense benefits of meditation are not hidden to us. Time and time again, meditation has been offered as a solution to insomnia and night terrors – and rightfully so. It has been shown that meditation before sleep can significantly increase your depth of sleep. Additionally, meditation helps in reducing terror attacks as well as the interruptions from odd dreams. Meditation in itself is also a great way to go over the day with a clean, calm mind and a fresh perspective.
Namaste! Yoga right before bed is great for intense relaxation as well as reducing the pressure of low back pain. For people suffering from insomnia, yoga has been shown to significantly reduce the time it takes to fall asleep while ensuring the sleep duration is significantly longer. Getting a yoga buddy will help turn this wind down routine into a hobby you can be proud of.
Additionally, yoga possess can help you deal with sore muscles as well as relieve the tension pent up through the day.
If you are having trouble sleeping, the solution for you might simply be white noise. White noise is the kind of calming noise that easily helps both adults and tiny infants sleep well. Additionally, coupled with a god mattress, you can be sure to sleep right through the night. White noise creates the kind of environment that makes feeding times enjoyable both for mom and child at night.
Read a book
What better way to join a book club than to start one? But how will you ever start one if you don’t read? Use the time before bed to read a book or two. The great part about being a wind down routine is that there is absolutely no pressure about it. If it takes you a year to finish, so be it! The whole point is to create a healthy routine that can helps you unwind.
Listen to music
Good music is therapeutic as well as being calming. If you are ever stuck for what to listen to, the golden oldies almost always do the trick. A couple of romantic blues will turn any long night into a very short one real quick.
The great thing about music is that it appeals to all of us differently, find what genre best suits you and stick to it.
About The Author Krista Harper is a freelance writer from Southern California. She regularly covers lifestyle, mental health, and nutrition topics and has a passion for helping people create balance in their lives.