Make your bedtime routine non-negotiable.
Tip #5 for the holiday season: Make your bedtime routine non-negotiable.
Or, if you don’t have a bedtime routine, make one! We get it, you may end up having a few late nights this month. That’s okay, but when possible try not to throw out your whole routine. Prioritizing sleep might be the best gift that you can give yourself this season. Some things that can help you settle your mind and relax your body include: staying away from technology 90 minutes before bed, dimming the lights or lighting candles an hour before sleep, spraying Sleep Mist on your pillow, listening to Sleep Stories, doing the Calm Body Evening Wind Down or completing one of our Deep Sleep body scan meditations. Experiment with a new addition to your sleep routine tonight.
Here are some bedtime routines from the Calm team:
Jade: I try to avoid technology as much as possible, and I keep the bedroom as a screen-free space, so no TV! I also keep it completely clutter-free which helps me feel calm. However, I always listen to Sleep Stories, so I set it up and then lock my phone screen and turn it face down. I use my phone as an alarm but I have a do not disturb mode on my phone from 8pm each night, so I’m not tempted by notifications.
Christi-an: I’m with Jade on this one. I turn my phone on airplane mode (no wifi) before I bring it into the bedroom. It’s amazing how much time I can lose scrolling through social media posts. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE social media, but it feels good to set boundaries. I’ve downloaded the Deep Sleep Release 15-min Body Scan and use it to help me fall asleep when my mind is especially busy.