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9 Things Successful People Do Right Before Bed

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The very last thing you do before bed tends to have a significant impact on your mood and energy level the next day, as it often determines how well and how much you sleep.

Successful people understand that their success starts and ends with their mental and physical health, which is almost entirely dependent upon their getting enough sleep.

That is why bedtime routines are a key ritual for so many of them—and why the very last thing most successful people do before bed is read.

1. They read.

Experts agree that reading is the very last thing most successful people do before going to sleep.

Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work, says he knows numerous business leaders who block off time just before bed for reading, going so far as to schedule it as a “non-negotiable item” on their calendar. “This isn’t necessarily reserved just for business reading or inspirational reading. Many successful people find value in being browsers of information from a variety of sources, believing it helps fuel greater creativity and passion in their lives.”

For example, while some successful people use this time catch up on news stories from the day, skim tech blogs, or browse Reddit and Twitter, others enjoy reading fiction novels and ancient philosophy just before bed.

2. They make a to-do list.

“Clearing the mind for a good night sleep is critical for a lot of successful people,” Kerr says. “Often they will take this time to write down a list of any unattended items to address the following day, so these thoughts don’t end up invading their head space during the night.”

3. They spend time with family.

Michael Woodward, Ph.D., organizational psychologist and author of The YOU Plan, says it’s important to make some time to chat with your partner, talk to your kids, or play with your dog.

Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, says this is a common practice among the highly successful. “I realize not everyone can go to bed at the same time as his or her partner, but if you can, it’s a great way to connect and talk about your days.”

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4. They reflect on the day.

Kerr says many successful people take the time just before bed to reflect on, or to write down, three things they’re appreciative of that happened that day. “Keeping a ‘gratitude journal’ also reminds people of the progress they made that day in any aspect of their life, which in turn serves as a key way to stay motivated, especially when going through a challenging period.”

Vanderkam adds: “Taking a few moments to think about what went right over the course of the day can put you in a positive, grateful mood.”

5. They meditate.

Many successful people use the 10 minutes before bed to meditate. Dale Kurow, a New York-based executive coach, says it’s a great way to relax your body and quiet your mind.

6. They plan out sleep.

“Much has been written around the dangers busy people face running chronic sleep deficits, so one habit I know several highly successful people do is to simply make it a priority to get enough sleep—which can be a challenge for workaholics or entrepreneurs,” Kerr says. One way to do that is to go to bed at a consistent time each evening, which is a key habit all sleep experts recommend to help ensure a healthy night’s sleep.

Vanderkam further suggests that you plan out when you’re going to wake up, count back however many hours you need to sleep, and then consider setting an alarm to remind yourself to get ready for bed. “The worst thing you can do is stay up late then hit snooze in the morning,” she says. “Humans have a limited amount of willpower. Why waste that willpower arguing with yourself over when to get up, and sleeping in miserable nine-minute increments?”

[Related: 5 Hidden Benefits of Sleep]

7. They unplug and disconnect from work.

Truly successful people do anything but work right before bed, Kerr says. They don’t obsessively check their email, and they try not to dwell on work-related issues.

Woodward agrees, saying, “The last thing you need is to be lying in bed thinking about an email you just read from that overzealous boss who spends all their waking hours coming up with random requests driven by little more than a momentary impulse.” Give yourself a buffer period between the time you read your last email and the time you go to bed. The idea is to get your head out of work before you lie down to go to sleep.

[Related: 7 Real-Life Truths About Unplugging from Technology]

8. They lie down on a positive note.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of replaying negative situations from the day that you wish you had handled differently. Regardless of how badly the day went, successful people typically manage to avoid that pessimistic spiral of negative self-talk because they know it will only create more stress.

“Remember to take some time to reflect on the positive moments of the day and celebrate the successes, even if they were few and far between,” Woodward says.

9. They picture tomorrow’s success.

Many successful people take a few minutes before bed to envision a positive outcome unfolding for the projects they’re working on, says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job. “For most, this is not a task or exercise; they’re wired with a gift of solid resolution skills that come naturally.”

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20 Comments

Number 4 is my favorite. What a great opportunity to practice gratitude. Thank you for this article!

4mo

Right, reading is fulling our minds. So important to take a 15 minutes breaks from our screens.
Great post!

4mo

I've tried these tips before going to sleep and I have to say doing at least 3 of them to change your habits, really makes a difference how you feel the next day.

6mo

Try to do any one of these, no one can do all of them

7mo

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7mo

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8mo

YEA.....I guess the mindless zombies that read this crap would actually believe that all the successful and rich people do these 9 things before they go to be bed....LOL.....like someone went out and say asked only 10% of all the rich and successful people what 9 things they do before they go to bed and magically, astoundingly all of them do the same things...I DON'T THINK SO....look at the comments.....of all the wondrous things in the universe you think about this crap.....you people are so pathetic.

10mo

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10mo

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1y

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