Cited in glo.msn – Nighttime Rituals that Will Improve Your Day
Just as you have a morning routine to wake up (making coffee, exercising, showering), it’s just as crucial to have a routine for winding down. For starters, shut down all electronics 60 minutes before bed, says Dr. Alicia Clark, a clinical psychologist and assistant professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. The reason? The brightness of electronic screens simulates the blue light of dawn and turns off your serotonin, the neurotransmitter that induces sleep.
As Clark notes, anything you can do in the evening to prepare for a hassle-free morning is time well spent. In addition to having your outfit already chosen and the coffee maker set, locate anything else you’ll need (like your keys and the garage opener) and set them by the door. Also, keep a small notebook or pad of paper and pen on your nightstand. If you remember something you need to do, it’s better to jot it down than to pull out your smartphone (see number 3: “Shut down all electronics 60 minutes before bed”).
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