If I avoid caffeine after 6 pm, I usually don't have any problems falling asleep. Still, the quality of sleep matters as well and if something frustrates me, this could become an issue. Therefore, I'd rather stay up a bit longer until I have settled down or begun to think of something else than going to bed early with a negative mindset. To expedite this process so that I still can go to bed before midnight, I find that it helps to seed my dreams with a specific series of thoughts.
3 seeds for your dreams and a good night's sleep
While it is difficult to know what I dream at night, I still believe that I can impact the quality of my sleep by entertaining the following thoughts at bedtime:
- Recognize that whatever happened during the day is already history. Perhaps something negative happened or maybe you didn't accomplish everything you had set out to do during the day. Still, there's no actual benefit worrying about it or having regrets, at least not during the night.
- Be grateful for what you have. These thoughts should center around the people you value in your life and by considering your friends and family, you also move your thoughts away from your own little bubble.
- Aspire to change the world tomorrow. Determine to take on your challenges and improve the world at least a little bit the next day. It also helps to admit to yourself that the people who depend on you need you rested to get the job done so go enjoy a good night's sleep, it's midnight already, good night everyone!