We all have things we have to do today. We have to drink more water, take more steps, get through our to do list, and go to sleep earlier. This month, I’ve been working on cultivating gratitude and one of the most effective ways I’ve found to do this is with one very small yet super powerful habit. Instead of thinking I “have” to do this today, I think I “get” to do this. I get to go on a walk and enjoy my neighborhood, and I get to work towards a company mission I care about today. One of my personal struggles as a natural night owl is going to sleep earlier, so I’ve been working on making my night time wind down routine something I “get” to do, rather than have to do. The added benefit is that my quality of sleep is better as a result.

“Bed time” is a term typically reserved for kids, but the truth is that the hour before you go to bed can be critical to how well you sleep. Here are a few simple habits I’ve been using to make going to bed something to look forward to.

Night time tea ritual – Start a night time ritual like making yourself a cup of chamomile tea or doing a skincare routine. It’s a soothing way to wind down your mind and body. Herbal ingredients like lavender, chamomile, valerian, and spearmint are known to relieve stress and calm anxiety.

Ditch your phone – We all know screen time can be detrimental to your sleep, but how many of us still sleep with our phones on our night stand? When the first thing you do in the morning is pick up your phone to turn off your alarm, it’s too close and too easy to quickly check your email or pop into Instagram. Arianna Huffington, queen of sleep, turns off her phone and charges it in another room to prevent night time or morning screen time. Get an alarm clock, turn off your phone, and try reading a book before bed instead of scrolling. If that sounds extreme, then maybe you really need this.

Try a sleeping mask – Another way to stop light from messaging with your circadian rhythm is to block out any light with a sleeping mask. I personally find this option better than black out curtains because waking up in a cozy, dark room makes it extra difficult to get out of bed in the morning.

Sources: inspiration photo acutabovetheretsy, chamomile herbal tea Harney & Sons, silk eye mask Slip, French tea cup set Etsy, rose quartz bookends One Kings Lane, pillowcases Crate&Barrel, alarm clock Anthropologie, pajama shirt Sleepy Jones

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