LIFESTYLE

If You're A Bad Sleeper, This Needs To Be Your Bedtime Routine

11/08/2014 11:31 BST | Updated 11/08/2014 11:59 BST

When we were children, bedtime routines - whether it involved a glass of warm milk, a book or a no TV after 8pm - were crucially to getting us off to sleep. Somewhere on the path to adulthood, we seem to have forgotten that, even though routine is still as important as it ever was.

With sleep being cited as critically important for longevity, health and happiness, it's time we started revisiting the habits that served us so well as kids.

Writing about sleep disorders, Brandon Peters says: "Sleep is a quiet, relaxing activity, so it doesn't make much sense to try to transition to that directly from something that is quite the opposite. Our bodies don't do well with abrupt changes. Quiet sleep rituals help ease this transition, preparing us mentally and physically for sleep."

Here's a look at what you need to do before sleep-time:

Infographic by Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post

This originally featured on HuffPost Healthy Living.

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