If your nighttime routine is limited to washing your face, brushing your teeth, and then hitting the sheets, you’re not making the most your evening. There are a few simple, yet essential things you should be doing right before bed that will help you sleep better, wake up more refreshed, and get your morning off to a smoother start.
Health professionals agree that while there are a lot of things you definitely shouldn’t be doing before bed like sipping on a caffeinated beverage or gazing into the blue light of your electronics, there are also a ton of things you should be doing that probably never crossed your mind. For instance if stretching was something you save for the gym, you may want to think again. Loosening up your muscles before bed will help you sleep better and wake up rejuvenated. And the same goes for your mind. Taking the time to mentally unwind could help you avoid those 2 a.m. stress sessions.
And while some of these bedtime rituals may seem innocuous or even a little weird they can lead to an easier night's sleep and more energized morning. So instead of binge-watching another season of your favorite show, switch up your evening with these exercises in self-care and you might be pleasantly surprised at how it can transform your life.