It can be difficult to get into a good sleeping routine, especially if your schedule is hectic. But, it is incredibly important for staying healthy and getting more accomplished. When you don’t sleep well, you don’t function well. Everything suffers, and your mind and body can’t perform at 100%.

You may feel like there’s just no way you can get more sleep in. But, getting more sleep may actually help you accomplish more in your day at a quicker speed, because you’re functioning at full capacity. One of the key ways to improve your sleep is to reevaluate your sleep routine.

If you have a busy schedule, it may be difficult to stop your mind from continuing to work when you lay down. You can start to unwind your brain by creating a healthy sleep routine. Shut off electronic devices prior to getting into bed, 2 hours prior is actually the most ideal. But at the very least, give yourself a 30-minute break from electronics (and their artificial blue light) before bed. Not only can this blue light affect your sleep, but so can the stimulus of what you’re watching or playing.

Once electronics are off, you can ease into the routine. Start with something relaxing: reading, journaling, playing soothing music, or taking a warm bath. These are great ways to ease your mind and get it ready for bed.

A busy day can keep your head spinning and make it even harder to turn your brain off at the end of the day. But, sleep is essential, so take steps to improve your sleep routine and get better rest.