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Sleep Routines To Help You Beat Insomnia And Set Yourself Up For Success

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Whenever you look at someone who appears happy and confident in the mornings, do you think "What's wrong with them?" immediately followed by "What's their secret?" It turns out that happy and successful people not only have great morning routines, but also have specific ways to prepare themselves for the next day.

Celebrities have shared the secrets to their night time routines, and they're nothing like what we do. Mariah Carey claims to sleep 15 hours a night, while Bill Gates reads for at least 1 hour before bed. Arianna Huffington has banned all electronic devices from her sleep routine, meaning that she doesn't have a phone, TV, Kindle, or iPad anywhere in her bedroom, ever.

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If you're struggling with insomnia or want to get the most out of every day, follow these tips to build your own powerhouse nighttime routine:

Temperature Matters

The air you breathe can make you lie awake at night. While Mariah Carey claims to have 20 humidifiers around her bed at night to help with her beauty sleep, you don't need to go that far. However, the American Sleep Association recommends you adjust your nighttime thermostat to 60-67 degrees.

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Take Some Time to Think

Journaling and meditation are great ways to end the day, because they give you an opportunity to appreciate what you've accomplished and absorb the positive benefits of the day. It's a great way to slow down your mind before your body. Both Ellen DeGeneres and Jennifer Aniston swear by transcendental meditation as a way to relax.

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No Caffeine After 3pm

Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors, has a practice you'll want to copy. He used to drink almost 8 Diet Cokes and a few coffees every day, until he realized it was hurting his ability to fall asleep. Today, he stops drinking caffeine 6 hours before bedtime.

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