We talk more about and focus on the start of the day than we do the end of the day.
It is important to note however, that both the beginning of the day and the end of the day are equally important.
Whilst what you do in the first hour of the day sets the pace for that day and impacts your outcomes, so does what you do before you go to bed impact your quality of sleep.
So let’s look at 4 tips you should consider to help you end the day well:
It’s important to unwind towards the end of the day. Regardless of the hours you work, there must come a point where you ‘Turn off the engine’ and let it cool down.
You can do whatever works for you, for instance shower, swim, sit in your favourite spot.
In addition to that, you could also switch off your gadgets or computer, switch on to your favourite music or it could be just merely sipping a cold drink.
Spend time to think on what’s gone well and commend yourself.
Think about what you could do differently on the things that have not done so well.
Avoid complaining, criticising or condemning; rather just reflecting.
A bit of light reading is sometimes helpful because it refocuses your mind and helps you sleep better.
Read something not mind boggling or complicated.
Avoid listening to or reading the news late at night due to the possibility of soaking in bad or sad news.
Prepare for your bedtime for example, avoid eating meals immediately before you sleep.
A set time to switch off tv, laptops, tablets etc usually helps. Having a tidy bed, and organised environment with appropriate lighting and right temperature can also go a long way.
This would help in providing the calmness required for sleep.
Do whatever works for you, in your preferred order. If you are a parent of young children, having a schedule which includes bedtime is advisable.
Good Quality Sleep
In conclusion, getting good quality sleep is essential for proper functioning of the mind and body.
A good quality sleep is possible by refreshing, reflecting, reading and relaxing at the end of your day.
To sum up, it is important to pay particular attention to how you sleep as this will certainly impact how you wake up the following morning and ultimately affect the next day.