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Wise Things Busy Achievers Do Before Bedtime

By Sandy Schroeder

If you want to get a job done, give it to a busy person. If you want to know how to sleep blissfully every night, you might ask an over-achiever.

Recently, Prevention.com surveyed a batch of authors, entrepreneurs, doctors, realtors, fitness coaches, and other very busy people on their favorite bedtime wind-down tips.

Foam Roller Rescue – Soothe sore muscles using a foam roller to knead legs, glutes and back. You will relax, and so will your muscles after a tough day at work.

Snack Healthy – Go for milk products that have tryptophan to deliver sleep-inducing serotonin and melatonin. Try cheese and crackers, yogurt or cocoa.

Get a Sleep Wardrobe – Loose fitting, comfy pajamas, night shirts or gowns encourage relaxation, and reinforce the same bedtime message every night.

Soothe Your Mind – Turning to a book of quotes, prayers or humorous sayings helps calm the mind and release the day.

Put Breakfast in Place – Set the table before you go to bed, as part of the evening ritual.  It’s one more bedtime cue, and a more pleasant way to start the morning.

Do a Calendar Wrap-Up – If you are a wee bit compulsive, as many of us are, tucking everything into one physical calendar can reassure you that you have covered all of the bases, making it easier to drift off. 

Write It Down and Let It Go – Keep a notepad near your bed with a book. As you are reading, and your mind is sifting back through the day, jot down any reminders or other “to do” notes for the next day.

Doze Off in a Foreign Language - Omit the blue light from your computer and pull up a calm foreign movie in a langage that you are somewhat familiar with. 

Let Your Mind Roam – As you stretch out, give your mind permission to relax, and imagine future dreams, spots or times. Your mind will draw on the day, but now there’s no pressure to perform. Give your mind a pleasant atmosphere to wander through as you sleep. Some individuals say they wake up inspired with new ideas when they set the stage this way.

These are just a few ways to summon those seven or eight hours of blissful sleep that most of us really need. If one does not work, try another. 

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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