After some really good advice from you guys on my “Science of sleep” post the other week, I decided to revamp my evening/bed routine in April. With the regular working out schedule and the changes I have made to my morning routine, it just seems logical to tackle the night routine next as I slowly makeover my daily rhythm.
I know, it’s already the middle of April and I am kind of late putting up my goal for the month, but believe me that I’ve worked hard on this for the first 12 days of this month already (with mixed results, but I’ll get to that in the review at the end of this month).
Here are the things that I’ve been attempting to change:
1.Turn of the computer by 9 p.m. I know that this is imperative for me in order to be in bed at a reasonable hour, because we all know how time slips away when we are online. I am not saying that I am on the computer every night, because lately more often than not, I chose to leave the computer off in the evening, but I noticed that if do turn on the computer in the evening, I tend to spend more time on it that I intend to. The iPhone though is a different issue.
2. Get ready for bed when I turn of the computer or at 9 p.m. I try to get into the habit of changing into my PJ’s and brush my teeth/wash my face right at 9 p.m. It will hopefully help me get into the mindset that it’s almost bedtime.
3. Be in bed by 9:45 p.m. I’ve been employing J to help and remind me to physically go to bed at 9:45 p.m. That doesn’t mean that I’ll turn of the lights right away, but give myself about 30-45 minutes to wind down, talk with J, read, check Twitter/FB one last time and then get ready to sleep.
4. Turn off the light by 10:30 p.m. If I can make that happen, this will give me a solid 7 hours of sleep, which I think will put me off to a good start towards a more balanced sleep schedule.
What’s your evening routine like?
Do you have any other tips that I could take to heart?