June 11, 2011
At some point in every evening, you reach a point that you have to go to bed to sleep. But before you do that, there are some rituals you need to go through in order to not only ensure a good night’s rest, but also to wake up feeling great the next day.
Wash your face
It’s important that you’ve washed your face before you sleep. You can use water and soap and finish off with moisturizer. Doing so will remove bacteria that accumulated on your face — just imagine all the pollution and grime stuck on your face the whole night! Washing your face will get rid of that dirt, helping prevent breakouts and blemishes.
Brush your teeth
No matter how tired you are from work, school, or a night out with your friends, don’t plop down on the bed just yet! Make sure that you brush your teeth before you go to bed. Yes, you usually brush your teeth after every meal but it’s very important to brush your teeth at night. Doing so will prevent morning bad breath. You can go a step further and use toothpaste that is specifically made for night brushing. This should be a nightly habit to protect your teeth.
Take a warm bath
Before you sleep, it would be a good practice to take a warm bath. The obvious reason is for hygienic purposes, because you certainly wouldn’t want to get into bed all sweaty and dirty. But taking a warm bath also helps increase your internal body temperature, and after the bath your body cools down. This cooling of the body will help induce a good night’s sleep.
Prepare the room
Make sure that the room’s lighting would would make sleeping comfortable for you. You don’t want to end up tossing and turning during the night because there’s too much or too little light — it’s okay to admit if you need a night light. Also have the right conditions by properly setting up the fans in your direction or setting the perfect temperature if you’re using air-conditioning. The smells and sounds of the room also play a role in the quality of your sleep. Some people need music to lull them to sleep, while I personally find my sleep to be more relaxing when I spritz lavender-scented mist on my pillows and sheets before going to bed.
Reflect on the past day
Some people have a tendency to dwell on the negative things that happened during the day. But you shouldn’t waste your time obsessing about the bad things that happened or worrying about stuff that could happen. Reflect on the day’s events and always draw out the positive points – whether the day made you laugh, cry, or shake your fist in anger – focus on areas that you can improve on and how you can make things better. A little meditation while you’re wide awake will give you peace when you’re sound asleep.