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The National Institute of Health found that alcohol robs you of quality sleep. When you drink or eat late-night snacks, it keeps you in the lighter stages of sleep and prevents you from falling into deeper, more restorative sleep.
In most cases, you want at least a few hours between your last drink and your bedtime.
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A study from Albion College revealed that tasks requiring creative insight were consistently better during their non-optimal times of the day.
If you can’t sleep, you can at least use the time productively.
When we close our eyes for the night, our mind cycles through different stages of sleep:
When you lie in bed thinking for long periods of time, you teach your brain to automatically go into “thinking” mode rather than “sleeping” mode when you lie down.
To break this connection, don’t try to fall asleep in bed for longer than 10–20 minutes. If you pass this threshold, ge...
Your evening routine is a fantastic place to reflect on what you did today.
Writing down a list of positive events at the close of a day—and why those events made us happy—lowers stress levels and gives us a greater sense of calm at night.
Haphazard evening routines can have serious effects on our sleep.
The right evening routine helps us wind down, relax, and get into a deep, restorative sleep—making us refreshed and ready for tomorrow.
Going to sleep at a consistent time is an important part of our “sleep hygiene”—the practices that insure we get regular, deep sleep.
Commit to a daily bedtime and waking time and try not to waver too far from them (even on the weekends).
Your evening routine doesn’t simply need to be about relaxation. The reason those thoughts keep our brains active long into the night is usually because we feel some aspect of our life is out of our control.
Spend time in the evening to write down your 3 MITs (Most Important Things) ...
For most of us it is the mind, rather than the body, that disrupts restorative sleep.
To cleanse our mind of the leftover responsibilities of the day, we need to bring a mental wind down into our evening routine.
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Take a few minutes to pick out an outfit, decide what you’re going to eat for breakfast, prepare your work bag, or even write a short to-do list of the things you need to accomplish before you head to the office.
Even if you don’t have every detail of your morning ...
A night routine is the things you do immediately prior to going to bed.
Three benefits of having a decent night routine:
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The snowy hill represents the brain, the people sledding are like the memories, and the trails left behind are the synapses in the brain.
Think of the brain as a hill covered in snow, and thoughts as sleds gliding down that hill. As one sled after another goes down the hill a small n...
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