10 Ways to Shut Off Your Mind Before Bedtime

Another busy day has come to an end and your head finally hits the pillow. The only problem is you can’t get to sleep. Your mind keeps racing, and an endless stream of thoughts seems to pour through your head. How can you shut off you mind so you can sleep? Try one of these 10 ways.

1. Ban TV From Your Bedroom

As much as you might enjoy late night TV before bed, chances are it’s keeping you awake. The light and electromagnetics interfere with melatonin production, which helps regulate your brain’s sleep patterns.

As much as you might enjoy late night TV before bed, chances are it’s keeping you awake.

2. Create the Right Environment

Your mind is likely to wander if your bedroom isn’t conducive to relaxation and sleep. Do you have a desk in your bedroom or do work on your laptop in bed? If so, the room has just become an office—and you’ll think about work instead of sleeping.

3. Develop a Bedtime Ritual

Developing a bedtime ritual will help train your mind for sleep. Try a winding down activity like reading or knitting before getting into your pj’s.

4. Exercise

Regular exercise can help eliminate the stress that ends up keeping you awake at night. Just don’t workout too close to bedtime.

5. Focus on the Positive

Many of us lie awake because we’re feeling anxious or troubled. Instead of dwelling on the negative, focus on the positive. Count your blessings instead of sheep.

6. Make Love

If anything can shut off those racing thoughts, it’s making love. Have sex before bed and you’ll sleep like a baby.

7. Meditate

Spend 10 to 15 minutes repeating a mantra while in bed and you’ll drift off in no time.

8. Play Some Mind Games

Instead of obsessing over work and worries, try playing a mind game. For example try to think of animals that begin with a certain letter.

9. Have a Tea Ceremony

Prepare some soothing tea (like chamomile) in the evening before bed. Take inspiration from a Japanese tea ceremony and be mindful about it. With your mind focused on the tea, you enter a calm, meditative state.

10. Watch Those Worries

If you can’t help but worry, then choose a specific “worry time,” earlier in the day before bed. Write down all your cares and troubles and deal with them then, instead of at bedtime.