Before sleeping avoid
- Drinking coffee because too much caffeine keeps you awake.
- Interpersonal conflict or stressful conversations with your spouse.
- Taking your laptops to bed, as they cause severe distraction.
- Eating a heavy meal before going to sleep.
Good sleep is vital to well-being hand stress management, but it can be hard to come by for busy people. Often we find ourselves workings activity into the evening, leaving no time for the mind to wind down in preparation for a long night of restorative rest.
Practicing the right night time habits can lead to better and deeper sleep. Do you know how to end your day in a healthy way? Here are some effective night time habits to get into, to help enhance the amount and quality of sleep you get.
Try light exercise
Exercise has so many stress management and health benefits, and for many of us, night time is when it best fits our schedules. Light exercise like yoga or walking at night can also help sleep.
Listen to music
Music can soothe your mind and body to the point that it’s now being used as a therapeutic tool by some. You can use music to your benefit by playing relaxing tunes before bed.
Cleaning up the clutter at the end of the day can leave you feeling less stressed because you’re doing something to tackle the problem, and the anticipation of waking up to a cleaner house can make your rest more peaceful.
Play quiet games
While many people like to zone out in front of the TV before bed, playing low key computer games can be a refreshing alternative. They can create a nice distraction from the stress of the day and be a great way of ‘shifting gears’, but aren’t so exciting that they make sleep exclusive.
Soaking in a tub of bubbles ca rinse away tension and leave your body pampered and your mind free. It’s also a great segue to sleep, as any parent of a small child can attest.
Massage is great stress reliever that also feels good. A good massage loosens stress in the body and leads to a good sleep.
Writing in a journal before bed can clear your mind, help you process emotions, solve problems, mentally prepare for the next day, make plans, and get your thoughts out of your head and on the page, where they can be picked up the next morning.
Meditation is great technique to use before bedtime because it segues so naturally into sleep, it relaxes the body, clears the mind, and creates inner peace. Meditation can be a great stress management tool.
Sex is known as a great night time stress reliever for a reason! Not only does a healthy sex life enhance your relationship, but it relaxes your body releases ‘happy’ chemicals, and even promotes wellness.
Some activities can be too stimulating at night and can make it harder to fall asleep, or make your sleep less restful. For a restorative night’s sleep, you should avoid caffeine after 2 PM, interpersonal conflict or stressful conversations.