If you really want to change your life, start doing these 9 things before bedtime

I get it—you’re looking for that magic switch. The one that, once flipped, transforms your life from the usual to extraordinary.

Sound familiar?

We often buy into the myth that change is this monumental task requiring Herculean effort. But what if I told you the secret to profound change could be as simple as tweaking your bedtime routine?

Yeah, you heard that right.

It’s the small things before we hit the pillow that can catapult us into a better tomorrow.

Many of us overlook the power of those quiet moments in the dark, moments that can set the tone for not just the following day but our future selves.

And you might be thinking, “Okay, but will it really make a difference?”

Trust me, I was skeptical too. But then I started these simple practices before bed, and things began shifting—subtly at first, then all at once.

So let’s cut to the chase. Ready to find out what these game-changing nighttime habits are?

Let’s see if you’re already on track or if there’s room to up your bedtime game.

1) Reflect on the day

Every night, before I even think about diving under the covers, I take a moment to reflect. This isn’t about beating myself up over what didn’t get done. Instead, I focus on three things that went well. Sometimes it’s as simple as a great cup of coffee or a smile from a stranger. Other days, it’s a big win at work or a breakthrough in a personal project.

I started this after reading about positive psychology and how gratitude can literally rewire your brain. At first, it felt a bit forced, like I was grasping at straws to find the good in my daily routine or in the challenging moments I faced. But as the days turned into weeks, I noticed a shift in my perspective. 

The funny thing is, the more I looked for the good, the more good I found. It’s like those little positives were there all along, just waiting to be seen and appreciated.

2) Plan for tomorrow

Now, with my mind in a positive state, I take another step that’s been a game-changer for me—planning for tomorrow. 

I jot down my top three priorities for the next day. Not a giant to-do list that’s impossible to tackle; just three things that, if I get them done, will move the needle in my life.

I used to go to bed with a million things swirling in my head, feeling overwhelmed before I even started the next day.

But by identifying these priorities, I give myself a clear roadmap and permission to focus. 

And here’s the kicker—I sleep better because of it. My mind isn’t racing with what-ifs and how-tos. It’s calm and clear on the path forward.

So there you have it—the first two steps that have begun to transform not just my nights but my entire life. Stick with me; there’s more to come.

3) Disconnect from screens

An hour before it’s time to sleep, I’ve made it a habit to disconnect from all screens—phones, laptops, TVs, you name it. This wasn’t an easy feat, especially in a world where screens are our gateways to work, play, and social connection. 

But here’s the thing: the blue light emitted by screens messes with our body’s ability to produce melatonin, the hormone that tells our brain it’s time to sleep.

Ever since I’ve started this screen-free wind-down period, falling asleep has become less of a nightly battle. It’s as if my brain has finally received the memo that when the lights go low and the screens go off, it’s time to power down. Without the constant barrage of information and light, sleep comes more naturally, and with it, a deeper rest that fuels a more energetic and focused tomorrow.

It’s a simple change with amazing effects, one that anyone can try and immediately notice the difference in their quality of sleep—and life.

4) Practice stillness

habits of people whove healed from a tumultuous family past If you really want to change your life, start doing these 9 things before bedtime

In the quiet of the night, when the world has slowed its relentless pace, I’ve found there’s nothing quite as nurturing for the soul as cultivating a sense of stillness. In these moments before bed, I sit with the day’s ebb and flow, allowing myself to just be. Whether it’s through meditation, deep breathing, or simply sitting in a favorite chair and gazing out the window, this practice is my sanctuary.

It wasn’t always like this. There was a time when silence felt uncomfortable, even unnerving. But as I embraced the stillness, it began to embrace me back, offering a peace that I carry with me long after the night is over. It’s in this space that I’ve learned to listen to my heart’s quiet whispers, guiding me towards dreams and decisions aligned with who I am and who I aspire to be.

This nightly ritual has become a cornerstone of my existence, a gentle but powerful force that recharges not only my mind but also my spirit. 

Also, it’s a reminder that while life is essentially chaotic, there is a place of calm within, always accessible, always waiting to provide rest and rejuvenation.

5) Embrace a good book

I’ve always found a certain magic in the pages of a good book. So each night, I carve out time to indulge in the simple pleasure of reading. It could be a novel that transports me to another world, a biography that inspires me, or a self-help book filled with insights. The genre doesn’t really matter—it’s the act of reading itself that is the final, soothing balm on my day.

This nightly routine has done more than just help me relax before bed. It has reignited my love for learning and stoked my imagination’s flames. With each page turned, I am reminded of the vastness of human experience and the infinite possibilities that lie waiting in both our dreams and our waking lives.

6) Set the environment

A peaceful, calming environment is crucial for a restful night’s sleep, and in turn, for a life poised for positive change. I learned that the hard way, after spending too many nights in a cluttered bedroom, with street lights peeking through my curtains. The transformation began when I decided to declutter my space, invest in some blackout curtains, and introduce a few plants to purify the air.

Believe it or not: the difference was palpable. My bedroom became a sanctuary, a physical manifestation of calm where my worries were not invited. It’s remarkable how an organized, serene environment can influence your internal state, preparing you for a night of deep sleep and, consequently, for days filled with more intention and less chaos.

7) Practice self-care

Self-care is not just a buzzword; it’s an essential part of preparing for a life you love waking up to. For me, this means a skincare routine that feels less like a chore and more like a ritual. It’s my time to take care of my skin as well as my spirit, to look at myself in the mirror and appreciate the person staring back at me.

But self-care goes beyond skin deep. It’s also about taking time to stretch out the day’s stresses or writing in a journal to unload thoughts. Whatever form it takes, self-care is a non-negotiable part of my night that signals to every cell in my body: “You are worth this time.”

8) Nurture relationships

The importance of our relationships can’t be overstated, and nighttime presents a unique opportunity to strengthen these bonds. It could be a heartfelt conversation with my partner or reading bedtime stories to my children, these moments before bed are precious. They remind me that no matter what life throws at us, we don’t have to face it alone.

This practice keeps my connections strong and fills my heart with gratitude for the people in my life. It’s these relationships that often hold the key to lasting change and happiness.

9) Visualize success

Finally, before I close my eyes to sleep, I spend time visualizing what success looks like for me. It’s not about grand achievements or material gains; it’s about visualizing the life I want to lead—a life filled with passion, purpose, and peace.

This visualization is not mere daydreaming; it’s an intentional act of setting my subconscious mind up for success. It’s amazing how this mental rehearsal can make goals feel attainable and challenges less daunting. By envisioning where I want to be, I align my thoughts and actions towards making it happen.

Last words

In closing, remember that change doesn’t happen overnight. But by including these practices into your bedtime routine—you set the stage for profound shifts in your life.

Start tonight, and let these small steps guide you toward the big changes you seek. Sweet dreams and even sweeter tomorrows await you.

Ava Sinclair

Ava Sinclair

Ava Sinclair is a former competitive athlete who transitioned into the world of wellness and mindfulness. Her journey through the highs and lows of competitive sports has given her a unique perspective on resilience and mental toughness. Ava’s writing reflects her belief in the power of small, daily habits to create lasting change.

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