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The very last thing you do before bed tends to have a significant impact on your mood and energy level the next day, as it often determines how well and how much you sleep.
Successful people understand that their success starts and ends with their mental and physical health, which is almost entirely dependent upon their getting enough sleep.
That is why bedtime routines are a key ritual for so many of them — and why the very last thing most successful people do before bed is read.
1. They read.
Experts agree that reading is the very last thing most successful people do before going to sleep.
2. They make a to-do list.
“Clearing the mind for a good night sleep is critical for a lot of successful people,” Kerr says.
3. They spend time with family.
Michael Woodward, Ph.D., organizational psychologist and author of “The YOU Plan,” says it’s important to make some time to chat with your partner, talk to your kids, or play with your dog.
4. They reflect on the day.
Kerr says many successful people take the time just before bed to reflect on, or to write down, three things they are appreciative of that happened that day.
5. They meditate.
Many successful people use the 10 minutes before bed to meditate. Dale Kurow, a New York-based executive coach, says it’s a great way to relax your body and quiet your mind.
6. They plan out sleep.
“Much has been written around the dangers busy people face running chronic sleep deficits, so one habit I know several highly successful people do is to simply make it a priority to get enough sleep — which can be a challenge for workaholics or entrepreneurs,” Kerr says.
7. They unplug and disconnect from work.
Truly successful people do anything but work right before bed, Kerr says. They don’t obsessively check their email, and they try not to dwell on work-related issues.
8. They lie down on a positive note.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of replaying negative situations from the day that you wish you had handled differently.
9. They picture tomorrow’s success.
Many successful people take a few minutes before bed to envision a positive outcome unfolding for the projects they’re working on, says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job.”
by Jacquelyn Smith
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