Nothing increases productivity better than a good night’s rest. Getting enough of precious dream-watching hours is a key to looking great, feeling great and being ready to conquer. With these little tricks, you can rest assured that you feel energized and rejuvenated every day.
1. Stick to a schedule.
During a busy week, you might feel tempted to cut down on your nighttime rest and then sleep in on the weekend. Unless you want to find yourself hitting that “snooze” button on Monday morning, don’t do it. Instead, try to go to bed and wake up at the same time, even during you days off. This will keep your biological clock intact and help you wake up well-rested.
2. Keep stress out of the bedroom.
Your bedroom should be a sanctuary of calmness. Keep anything that causes you anxiety – or too much excitement – out of the room. Unfinished reports, laptops with unread e-mails, TVs, and any guilt-inducing to-do lists have to go out of your sight (and mind).
A good workout will not only keep you toned but will also make you sleep like a baby. Rigorous activities are perfect for boosting your energy during the daytime (and making sure that you are tired at night), while an evening yoga or stretching session will help you unplug and calm your thoughts.
4. Turn the lights down.
Naturally, bright light keeps us awake. This is why basking in the morning sunshine is a great idea, but staring at your phone before bedtime – not so much. Keep the light in your bedroom romantically dim and stay away from screens for at least an hour before bed.
5. Use your bed only for what it’s there for.
Multipurpose furniture is great, but when it comes to your bed, you should only use it for two things: sleeping and “sleeping” with someone, which science says helps get a better night’s rest. Associating your bed with the right activities will make it easier to unwind and fall asleep.
6. Create a ritual.
Having a relaxing bedtime ritual sends your body a signal that it is time to go to sleep. Choose something that makes you feel calm and do it right before heading out to the dreamland. Meditate. Read a book. Write a journal. Give yourself a soothing foot massage. Do it every night. Sleep tight!