Success is sought after by many. Some people even achieve successful by telling others how to be successful. Many buy self-help books, read origin stories of some of the most wealthy and famous, and others even attend seminars that promise to help them achieve their own success. We are so enamored with the idea of achieving success that we ask successful people almost every question in the book. One thing you may not think about, however, is what a successful person does before they go to bed.
It turns out that successful people have bedtime rituals just like the average person, and they’re actually quite interesting. If you want to find out what some successful people do before they hit the sack, take a look at these five habits, you might just want to switch up your nighttime routine.
1. They Relax
Successful people don’t work before they go to bed.
In fact, many of them ensure that they have enough time to unwind before lights out so that their minds can relax. What they do specifically to relax is irrelevant, what’s important is that they make the time to do it.
If you want to be successful, give your brain time to relax.
2. They Read
Behavioral experts have found that many successful people read right before going to sleep.
Not only does reading give the mind time to relax, but it also distracts you from your responsibilities. For successful people, stress is a regular occurrence; it’s important to fight the negative effects of stress each day.
3. They Plan
Sometimes, people have trouble sleeping when they’re too worried about what they have to do the next day. Successful people take the time to plan ahead, even just half a day in advance, in order to keep their minds from running wild.
In your head, your responsibilities can seem overwhelming, but if you write those responsibilities down, they become clearer and easier to handle.
4. They Disconnect
Being successful means being reachable; successful people have to be ready when an opportunity strikes.
They often check their emails, phone messages, or catch up on the news throughout the day. When it comes to bedtime though, these successful people disconnect from technology and the outside world. Phones on airplane mode, laptops shut, and tablets put to sleep.
5. They Don’t Drink
This doesn’t mean that successful people abstain from alcohol completely, but many don’t drink right before going to sleep. Alcohol has a negative impact on the quality of sleep a person gets throughout the night. The National Institute of Health claims that consuming alcohol before going to bed keeps a person in the lighter stages of their sleep cycle, making REM sleep harder to achieve.