When my better angels are in charge of my schedule — instead of the insatiable gremlin that won't get off Instagram — I end the day by starting my bedtime routine: lighting candles; eating early, (three-ish hours before going to sleep, in a knockoff version of intermittent fasting, it makes for better digestion and for me, fewer nightmares); molting daytime clothes and obligations (no screens, so no social media, no texting, no email), and then floating around for 20 minutes of Vedic meditation; some at-home hypnotherapy; a little journaling; reading a book that asks nothing of me; and listing five

Start a bedtime routine early — no, earlier


(To) sleep, walk

Engage the five senses


Turn off the light

Do it again (and again)