12 Important Sleep Habits That Will Help You Be Successful


Experts have shown that the last thing you do every day before you go to bed can affect your mood and energy level the next day, as well as how well and how much you sleep.

The most successful people know that their success starts and ends with their physical and mental health which is almost entirely dependent on how well and how much sleep they get every single day.

That’s why a good bedtime routine is key for such people. Here are 12 things many successful people do before they hit the sack:

  • They read: President Obama and Bill Gates read for at least half an hour before bed.

  • They disconnect from work: Work stays at work. “The last thing you need is to be lying in bed thinking about an email you just read from that overzealous boss who spends all their waking hours coming up with random requests driven by little more than a momentary impulse,” says organizational psychologist, Michael Woodward.

  • They unplug completely: They do not check mails, or turn to social media and games either.

  • They make a to-do list: Kenneth Chenault, CEO of American Express, writes down three things he wants to accomplish the next day before going to sleep.

  • They spend time with family: It is important to take time to talk to your partner, play with your kids or chill with your dog, says Woodward.

  • They go for an evening scroll: Joel Gascoigne, CEO of Buffer, takes a 20-minute walk every evening before bed. “This is a wind down period, and allows me to evaluate the day’s work, think about the greater challenges, gradually stop thinking about work, and reach a state of tiredness,” he says.

  • They reflect on the good things from the day: Benjamin Franklin (the man on the dollar bill) asked himself every night: “What good have I done today?”

  • They picture tomorrow’s success: “For most, this is not a task or exercise; they’re wired with a gift of solid resolution skills that come naturally,” says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert.

  • They meditate: It’s a great way to relax your body and quite your mind before you sleep, says Dale Kurow, New York-based executive coach.

  • They plan out sleep: Sleep experts recommend going to bed frequently at a consistent time along with making sure that you give getting enough sleep priority.

  • They keep a hygiene ritual: The American National Sleep Foundation recommends that you create a Hygiene ritual that sends a psychological signal that you are getting ready for bed.

  • They skip the wine: Alcohol stops you from falling deeper, more restorative stages of sleep.

source: pulse.ng

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