The whole wash your face and brush your teeth routine before bed comes with a few more steps when you’re past the age of lip smackers and glowing star sticker ceilings. Adulting is hard and the sleep preparation routine is no exception to the rule. Successful people use the time before they go to sleep to reflect on everything they accomplished that day and set goals for themselves tomorrow. In contrast, I use the time to brush my teeth with my nondominant hand, dance around to rap music, drop down into some squats, and envision how I could have better handled Carrie Bradshaw’s relationship drama. Okay, but in all seriousness, I do integrate some helpful things in-between my thoughts of her run-ins with Mr. Big into my night time winddown to help me be a more organized, knowledgeable, and goal orientated person.
Here’s the 5 things that I do. Repeat at your own risk.
The only thing that is allowed to rest next to me in my king size blanket infested bed is my Hydroflask. It is imperative that you go to bed with a glass of water on your nightstand in order to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. This is even more essential when you spent the night drinking as alcohol will leave you dehydrated and cause headaches. And it’s the most essential when you spent the night drunk texting that one guy from awhile back because only a hydrated brain can come up with a seamless text that proves to him you’re not psycho.
It is so important to get away from screens at night, especially if you’re a bad sleeper like I am. I like to pick up the book that I’m currently reading (Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson) and just read until I feel sleepy… it happens pretty quick. If you want to speed this process up, I recommend a snoozer like one of your old textbooks or a biography on someone your dad finds fascinating.
- Review today and mentally prepare for tomorrow
I am the absolute worst at replaying every single scenario in my head from the day before or from something that happened 3 years ago as I’m trying to falling asleep because I remember EVERTHING. Everything from my awkward interaction with the cute guy at Starbucks who also grabbed for my cup to the weird way my professor pronounces the word “about”. It all rolls through my head like the worst movie anyone could have possibly imagined. After I mentally correct myself from 3 years back and solve the world’s problems silently to myself, I will actually go over what I accomplished during the day and visualize tomorrow. I mentally plan out what is due in my classes, tasks I need to get done, and set other goals for myself such as run 5 miles in the morning and try not to watch any of the stories he posts the next day.
I think Duolingo is the greatest thing and I practice my Chinese and French before I turn in every night. I recently got yelled at while staying in a house with some friends over the weekend for the man’s voice on my Chinese practice being not so sleep inducing. Needless to say, it’s best to do when you’re alone. Duolingo is a great app for trying to learn another language and I love doing it before I go to sleep as it only takes a few minutes and gives my brain time to absorb the new information.
- Wish and be grateful
Forever wishing on 11:11’s. Without fail I make the same two wishes at 11:11 (is that allowed?). As silly as it may sound, they help me to realign my goals and also motivate me to continue striving for my 11:11 wishes to one day become reality. Before I completely bury myself under 10 feet of faux fur blankets, I will think of everything that I am grateful for in my life. I think that nightly gratitude is something that will ensure you are a humble and genuine human being. Take a minute to appreciate those who have been there for you along the way before you fall into blissful hibernation.
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