There is a reason why they are successful. Yes! Because they do things that differentiates them from the rest. Your mental and physical health depends a lot on your sleeping pattern. The very last things that you do just before sleeping leaves a lasting impact on your mood and energy level of the next day. So read what you can learn from the pattern that successful people follow:
1. Read something fruitful
The likes of Bill Gates and Barack Obama are known to read for at least 20 minutes before sleeping. It is a proven fact that reading just before going to bed induces sound sleep and makes you more productive the next day. Many business leaders always have reading before bed in their to-do list. You can start by reading all the creative and productive articles and experiment with different topics and then finally switch to particular genres.
2. Disconnecting from work completely
Yes! It’s an important aspect which must be incorporated into everybody’s lives. Successful chaps do everything before going to bed but absolutely abhor from work related things. Reserve this time for sleep only. Don’t check the emails and notifications on your cell phone at least half an hour before sleeping.
3. Why you need to disconnect? – Issues that can arise!
The blue light from your phone mimics the brightness of the sun, which tells your brain to stop producing melatonin, an essential hormone that regulates your circadian rhythm and tells your body when it’s time to wake and when it’s time to sleep. This could lead not only to poor sleep, but also to vision problems, cancer, and depression.
4. Making a to-do list
Does it happen that at the end of the day you are left with a lot of work that went unattended? Then make a to-do list of all the things that were left unattended. Write them down on a piece of paper. This will help you stop those thoughts invading your mind the whole night.
5. Go for an evening stroll and spend time with family
Researchers claim that a 20 minutes’ walk every evening just before going to bed helps find you peace in your sleep. Joel Gascoigne, cofounder and CEO of Buffer says that “This is a wind down period, and allows me to evaluate the day’s work, think about the greater challenges, gradually stop thinking about work, and reach a state of tiredness”
You can learn from the experiences of these successful chaps that it is very important to spend time with your family. The connection that you make while discussing your day with your family burns down your cortisol (Hormones responsible for STRESS) levels to the lowest.