Your body likes routine. That’s just the way we are. For example going to bed at the same time every night will highly improve your sleep, because your body will adjust its systems (hormones, etc.,) to these certain times, which will make it easier to fall asleep or wake up.
Did you ever experience waking up naturally a few minutes before your alarm? That’s your body adjusting to your regular wake up time.
There are many things you can do, but two of the best things are an evening routine and a wake-up routine. Let’s start with the evening routine.
Although this sounds like something for kids, adults can benefit from this as well. Having a regular bedtime and similar activities each night before bed will set your body into sleep mode.
A great evening routine should start around 1-2 hours before going to bed. It’s not something you have to actively do, but rather changes in your sleep environment.
Turning down the lights, reducing loud noises and starting to wind down. One hour before going to bed it is great to turn off all electronics as otherwise they will mess with your sleep.
People who turn off their electronics one hour before going to bed report great things. First of all their sleep improves tremendously, but they also report about increased attention spans, more focus and simply feeling better during the day.
I know it’s really hard to have a regular bedtime routine and follow it every night. I fail with this as well from time to time, but each time I’m focusing more on that. It’s just hard to turn off the PC one hour before going to bed.
It’s like some empty feeling you don’t know what to fill it with. No matter what on the nights where I do this my next day is amazing.
The other thing you should think about is a morning routine. It can be something simply like reading for 15 minutes (that’s what I do at the moment, using the app Blinkist), or it can be something more elaborated, such as the miracle morning, developed by Hal Elrod.
He was involved in a car crash and was legally dead for a couple of minutes, but he used this routine to get back on track. It worked for him.
In a nutshell, you can use the following acronym to remember the different parts.
S – Silence – before getting out into the noisy world, get some silent time for yourself.
A – Affirmations – A lot of professional athletes use this positive self-talk.
V – Visualization – Visualize yourself doing your most important task during the day.
E – Exercise – do some exercises at home (push-up, squats) to get the blood flowing.
R – Reading – no explanation necessary.
S – Scribing – a gratitude journal, 10 ideas to improve somebody’s life, whatever you like.
There are literally thousands of articles “Morning routines of successful people” and you can read those posts for inspiration, but one or two is usually enough.
Experiment with what works for you. Studies found out that exercising in the morning will set up a great day, so that might be something you want to include. Get up and do 15 push ups and 15 squats.
- Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod