Do you: feel like you can’t go to bed if the closet door isn’t closed all the way? Have trouble sleeping if any of your limbs are hanging off the bed?
It may be because: “They’re bedtime habits that began in childhood—that’s typically when they start, as we’re learning how to soothe ourselves to sleep—and they’ve lasted into adulthood,” says Hartstein. “If they help you get the right amount of solid sleep, they are just fine. But if you find that you are spending too much time on your rituals, you may want to try dropping some. Tell yourself that things don’t have to be perfect, and allow yourself the opportunity to sit with any slight anxiety you may feel when they’re not. The more you ride that emotional wave, the less control the emotion has over you.”