Does a bedtime routine help? Can routine be the secret to a good nights sleep?

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Yes.  Absolutely.

We’re pretty basic animals wired to develop habits and routines.  Almost half of what we do is habitual. This cuts down on thinking and allows the body to run through processes knowing what’s coming.  This is why your tummy rumbles 30 mins before you usually eat lunch.

Sleep is no different.  The stronger a routine you have and the less you deviate from it the easier you will find it to fall asleep.  Simple.

Pick a routine that begins at least 30 mins before you get into bed. Stick to it every night.  Within a few weeks or months your brain will have learned – ‘oh, we’re doing this so it’s time to sleep’.

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Written by
Sam Billington

Sam is our sleep guru. I am fascinated by sleep and I've used my science training to research and learn about sleep. I have been providing sleep advice and personal sleep plans for years. My day job is Head of Workplace Culture in Defra, I live in London with my wife and have a PhD in Ecology and Biology.