Have you ever noticed that when the sun comes up, you feel more awake? Even if you got up early to fit in a workout and some breakfast before work, your energy levels start rising when the morning dawn breaks.
When the sun starts setting, have you noticed how you start feeling tired? Although you might not be ready for bed right away, the night sky encourages you to start heading toward the bedroom.
These feelings are a result of your circadian rhythm. The human body “tunes” to the planet’s routines to create specific outcomes. When you listen to these needs, you can feel energetic and refreshed at the times when you need the most productivity.
How Does a Nightly Routine Establish Better Sleep?
Many light sources emit blue wavelengths in similar ways to the sun. When you expose your body to them, even at night, it can seem like you’re getting ready for the day.
That’s why watching TV, using a computer, or even reading on a tablet at night can keep you awake. The light spectrum fools your natural rhythms into thinking that it is still daylight outside.
When you have a regular time to go to bed, your body recognizes this fact about 60 minutes before it is time to sleep. If you begin the transition at that moment, you can fall asleep faster and stay that way longer.
These steps can be beneficial when you complete them nightly.
- Turn off all electronics for the final hour before you want to fall asleep.
- Keep your bedroom dark and cool to encourage your circadian rhythm to work.
- Sleep in comfortable bedding that supports your neck and back.
- If you must have an alarm, considering using a clock instead of a digital device.
- Try to keep your bedroom organized because a messy environment makes it challenging to sleep.
When you enter your nightly routine at the same time, you can establish a rhythm or re-establish one you’ve lost.
Your body is telling you everything it needs. Are you willing to start listening to it?