One night, way too late, I was listening to a Tim Ferris podcast while I was folding my laundry and putting it away. He was interviewing all sorts of professional athletes and really successful people on their tips + tools for better sleep.
Tim concluded that he’s determined that 11:00 p.m. is the magic bedtime. This really stuck out to me, as it seems doable and reasonable, and well, if it’s good enough for Tim, it’s good enough for me.
So, I took it on and started to make sure I was going to bed at 11. And it worked!
I noticed that I felt better, I had more energy during the day, and I slept well.
This one minor change in one small area made a huge shift in the rest of my life, too.
I’ve created a routine that supports my earlier + consistent bedtime and I find it nurturing + enjoyable.
Here’s my Routine:
I fill up my favorite glass with water and calm each night as I’m working or watching tv, or whatever I’m doing. I drink that until it’s done. About 10:00 p.m. I take a melatonin and I turn off all technology.
I wear my Swannies blue light blocking glass all through the evening, whatever I’m doing. They block phone, computer, tv and regular lights, and it feels easy on my eyes!
This is the time I clean up the kitchen, put clothes away, and close up the house for the night.
By 11, I crawl in bed. If I’m in early enough, I read my kindle for a bit with my Swannies until I feel that tired feeling and then I drift off into never-never land. I may also write down whatever’s in my head so I can get it all out, and create a list of top priorities for the following day + leave it by my bed so I can check it when I wake up. It’s important to choose mattress that keeps the body temperature regulated while sleeping. A bamboo memory foam pillow, coupled with the proper memory foam mattress would assure a unpertubed sleep.
With daylight savings time coming up, it’s a good time to create some nightly rituals to assist us with getting to bed on a regular schedule- especially since our rhythms will be so altered by so much more light, so much later.
I can’t say enough about calm, melatonin, and my glasses. It’s just the right combination for me to ease into sleep, and I’m a true believer that 11:00 p.m. is the magic time! More than that, having a regular bedtime can work wonders for the rest of our life!
What do you do to ease into sleep? Leave a comment below, I’d love to know!