May 10, 2017, Posted by Josh Wight in Health & Fitness, Life, Simplicity

“Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite” – Part 4 of 5

If morning routines are like boot-up sequences, having a solid night time routine must be like avoiding holding down the power button on an old Windows computer.  Remember those days?  If you didn’t shut down the computer by going to the shut-down menu, but just held the power button down?  I’m pretty sure most people believed it might cause a ripple in the space/time continuum and we’d be sucked into an endless loop of repeating history … or you’d just lose all your data.

The latter is more likely what we are protecting by having a solid night routine.

I’ll be honest (I hate that phrase, because shouldn’t we just be honest ALL the time??).  I don’t have a night time routine.  Certainly not one that has intent or purpose.  So here’s what I’m working on making a part of my bedtime behavior:

  1. Limited/no screen time for 15-30 minutes.  Research suggests that limiting screen time not only helps us get to bed faster, but sleep better and deeper once we finally go to sleep.  I’ve recently bought a few paperback books … you know, those things with bindings and page numbers instead of progress percentage bars … and plan to pick away at those in the final minutes before bed.
  2. Daily review: it seems rather frivolous to spend all that time planning in the morning routine and hustling during the day if you aren’t going to look back at the end of the day and do an evaluation of your performance.  I’m confident this will help me stay on track towards my goals and see all of the positive achievements of the day that I might have missed.
  3. Sleep cocktail: I recently re-introduced alcohol to my nightly routine, and while I enjoy having a glass of wine or an Old Fashioned with my wife, I don’t nearly sleep as well as when I have my sleep cocktail.  I got this idea from Tim Ferriss who recommends the cocktail to people with insomnia, and the recipe is simple: Hot water, little bit of honey, and 2 tbsp of Apple Cider vinegar.  It’s warm, it’s soothing (especially for someone who talks for a living), and it makes me sleep like a baby.

Well, that’s it for now.  Off to bed … and that means no more screen time 🙂  Comment or email me with your own nighttime routine suggestions?

 

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