A number of us are sleep-deprived because we wake up early—or earlier than we like—to get to school or to the office on time, and we sleep late due to assignments we have to do, overtime work, catching up on Jane the Virgin, or scrolling through our news feeds.

Ron Friedman, PhD, an award-winning social psychologist who specializes in motivating people, suggests things we can do in those few minutes before we sleep:

Lower the temperature.
Cool temperatures make sleeping more pleasurable.

Create a spa-like environment.
Buy a reed diffuser in your favorite scent, and play music that relaxes you. Close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Relax. 

Express your gratitude.
This will put you in a good mood, so you’ll just have positive thoughts to soothe you.

Read something that makes you happy.
There’s a reason why we had bedtime stories when we were restless kids. They got our attention without effort and entertained us, hence putting us in a good mood.

For more tips, head to cosmo.ph!

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