A good night’s sleep is a wonderful thing. The secret to consistently sleeping well may lie in following a bedtime routine.
Good sleep can improve your memory, concentration, athletic performance, productivity, overall mood and boost your immune system – but how to give yourself the best chance of a proper night’s sleep?
Setting a nightly ‘bedtime call’ or alarm for when you’re likely to start feeling sleepy might help.
Research tells us that going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time every day helps reinforce the body’s sleep-wake cycle – so the body ‘learns’ when to go to sleep.
Your bedtime alarm doesn’t have to mean hitting the sheets right away. It could signal the start of your winding-down-for-bed routine – turn off phones, switch off the TV, brush teeth, read by dim light. The key is following the same relaxing routine each night, at the same time.