Build the time for getting ready to sleep into your evening. An end of day ritual tells your body and brain that the time to sleep is just ahead. Habits are powerfully controlling, as we all know, so take advantage of this and create a ready-for-bed habit that will give you the signal to begin to close it down and prepare to sleep..
It’s a mistake to be mentally or physically active right up to the very last minute and then imagine that you are going to get right to sleep when you climb into bed. Instead, give yourself a cooling down period. Make it a pleasant time of self-care.
Stop what you are doing at least half an hour before bedtime. Change into your nightclothes. Brush your teeth slowly and thoroughly, including flossing. Take your time. Wash your face and use your products, gently relaxing as you do so. Breathe deeply. Tell yourself you are having a spa moment. Get out of the mindset that these are last minute chores you must rush through.