Sufficient sleep is totally underrated and people often find it difficult to get enough sleep. Most of the times, it is not due to lack of time but due to lack of a bedtime routine that keeps people up at night. These habits are formed at early ages and the benefit of following a proper routine is often underestimated.
It is not only important for the children to sleep and wake up on time but also helps adults have smoother days, without feeling lethargic.
According to studies, children who have a proper bedtime routine are likely to sleep early, have less trouble falling asleep and have uninterrupted sleep. It also improves the retention power of the brain and leads to better cognitive development. On the other hand people with irregular bedtime routine may see the effects on their academic performance as well.
Now that we have understood the importance of having such a routine, the next step is to know how you can create one. A bedtime routine consists of a series of activities that will help you get ready for bed and they are to be performed in the same order every day. Here is how it could look:
- Brushing your teeth after dinner
- Reading a book
- Getting cozy in your bed
- Switching on the night lamp
- Putting on some soothing music
- Getting changed into night suit
This is what a bedtime routine can look like, roughly. Also, you should be paying attention to your daily activities and caffeine intake. Exercising daily can improve the quality of sleep and caffeine consumption should be limited as it may hinder your sleep.
Do you have a bedtime routine?