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Relaxing After A Long Day

Many New Yorkers often have difficulty sleeping.  Getting to bed at a decent hour is particularly challenging if you work late hours and need some time to chill out before heading to sleep.  Even if you do not work late hours, there is still a high probability that you like to hang out with friends or go to the gym after work, and this means that you’re still getting back to your apartment fairly late.  And even then, it is almost impossible to come home and go straight to bed because you may still feel like you need some “me” time before it is morning again and you’re heading straight back to work. The easiest way to chill out is to grab your phone and scroll through Instagram, or watch something on your laptop – but these methods aren’t necessarily beneficial to getting a good night’s sleep.


Can Childhood Bedtime Rituals Work For Adults?

Think back to when you were a child and preparing for bedtime.  What kinds of steps did you take to “get ready” for bed? I am assuming that you didn’t just go straight to bed, turn off the lights, and fall asleep.  It is more likely that you had some sort of “bedtime ritual.” This ritual may have consisted of bathing, consuming a warm glass of milk, listening to a bedtime story read by an adult, and then slowly drifting off to sleep in a relaxed and comforted state.  We typically shed these bedtime rituals as we enter adolescence. As adults, we often forget to make time to prepare for bed. It’s important, if not necessary, to have some sort of set behavior before going to sleep as an adult. For example, it’s beneficial to disconnect from emails, social media and text messaging at least an hour before entering your bedroom.  It is also helpful to take a warm shower, have a cup of hot tea, and listen to an adult bedtime story.


Adult Bedtime Stories And Why They Work

Are you skeptical that adult bedtime stories won’t actually help you sleep?  For many, childhood represents a carefree time without the stresses that come with being an adult.  It is possible that revisiting a similar bedtime ritual to the one you had during childhood may remind you of a simpler time, thus eliciting feelings of calm and relaxation.  According to Hope Bastine, a resident psychologist for sleep technology brand, Simba, “Some of our earliest formed memories involve being cradled by a warm, comforting voice reading us a much-loved bedtime story,” which meant that it was time to wind down, relax and fall asleep. Rather than just reading a boring book to help you fall asleep, adult bedtime stories are a newer concept where the story is actually being read to you while you listen.  Not only is the story meant to distract you, but it also relaxes you and prepares your body for rest.  Furthermore, “[i]f you're tired, relaxed, and ready for sleep you're way more likely to fall asleep within a reasonable time each night.”



How Do I Listen To An Adult Bedtime Story?

If you’re ready to try your first bedtime story, the meditation app called Calm includes “sleep stories,” which are bedtime stories designed for adults.  “Before bed, you select a 15- to 45-minute sleep story—which could be about music, travel, or nature—press play, set your device down, and close your eyes. It's read aloud by a narrator and shuts off automatically at the end so you don’t have to worry about strapping yourself to a sleep-sucking blue light-emitting device.”  Moreover, if you sleep with a partner and you’re not interested in listening to a stranger read you a bedtime story, there are also hardcopy books which your partner can read to you.  For example, Bedtime Stories for Grown-ups by Ben Holden, are each book that you can purchase on Amazon for a restful night’s sleep.