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16 Things CEOs Always Do Before Bed

By | Charlotte Hilton Andersen |

Start tomorrow right—tonight!

Anyone who has ever had to help a child with a school project at midnight or found themselves binge-watching Netflix until the wee hours of the morning knows that what you do at bedtime can have a huge impact on how the next day goes. Getting enough sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health, yet for too many of us, sleep is the first thing that’s sacrificed when life gets crazy. The second thing to go? Good bedtime habits. Even CEOs have to fight this temptation, but some of them have figured out how to do it successfully and consistently. We asked them to share the surprisingly simple nighttime tricks that help them have a happy, productive day. Follow their advice and also make sure to avoid these 12 innocent habits that are totally ruining your sleep quality.

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Alarm clock in the foregroundJOSE ANGEL ASTOR ROCHA/SHUTTERSTOCK

Set an alarm for bedtime instead of wake time

Half the battle of getting a good night’s sleep is getting yourself to bed on time. Douglas Smith, CEO of True Nutrition, has discovered a great hack for making sure he’s consistent with his bedtime. “Most people set an alarm for waking up, but I’ve discovered it should be the other way around,” he says. “I set my alarm for 30 minutes before I should be in bed, and I stick to it. This helps me get to sleep at the same time every night. Once my body adjusted to it, I’ve found that I sleep better and I don’t even need an alarm to wake up. I wake up on my own, feeling well-rested.” If you’re having trouble drifting off to dreamland, try this simple trick that can help you fall asleep in 60 seconds or less.

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