THE BEST NIGHTTIME ROUTINE

If you have 5 minutes, you can do this. You don't need mantras or fancy 12-step candle lighting ceremonies. Stop making going to bed so complicated!
  1. Turn off computer.
    Screens too close to bedtime mess with your circadian rhythms. Shutting down 90 minutes before you head to bed is ideal, but anything is better than falling asleep mid-read and your iPad hitting you in the face. Also included: put your phone on Do Not Disturb, or switch it off completely.
  2. Put kettle on.
    I like to drink something warm before bed. Not only is the ritual calming, but warming up your digestion helps support your system while you sleep.
  3. Read.
    I find it really easy to lose track of time when I'm reading, so I solved this by setting aside a couple of books that give bite-sized pieces of wisdom. I'm currently digging "Positive Thinking Every Day" by Norman Vincent Peale, and "I Know You Think You Know It All" by Chris Black. Just one rumination before I go to bed sets my brain in a good direction.
  4. Make tea.
    I'm a big fan of Natural Calm (technically not a tea), which is magnesium citrate and helps all your muscles relax.
  5. Snuggle with cat.
    She needs some time to find the spooniest place on the bed.
  6. Turn off light.
    It's hard to sleep in a bright room! But maybe blackout curtains would be nice here, too.
  7. Goodnight!
    I usually fall asleep thinking about the amazing breakfast I'll have when I wake up.