Instead of focussing on winter’s challenges, shift your mindset to consider its advantages. If it’s cold outside, that means more opportunities to lean into all things warm and cozy. And if you’re spending more time at home, as so many of us are, probably have a little more time to create a pre-bedtime routine that helps you transition to sleep with less stress and more calm.

 

Create your ideal winter sleep routine

Microstep 1: Take a hot bath or shower before you go to sleep

Treat your transition to sleep as a sacrosanct ritual. A bath or shower eases the transition and helps you symbolically wash the day away.

 

Microstep 2: Sip chamomile or lavender tea to ease yourself into sleep mode

Drinking something warm and comforting can put you in a calm frame of mind and help you shed stubborn daytime worries.

 

Microstep 3: Read a book in bed

Instead of a tablet, which gives off blue light and often has your emails and other problems and distractions on it, try a physical book or e-reader that has nothing to do with work (reach for a novel, biography, book of poetry or spirituality).

 

This is part two of our guide to winter sleep. Read part one here.

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