As a teacher, you make over 1,500 educational decisions every single day. By the time 9 pm rolls around, you are exhausted and ready to enjoy a restful night’s sleep. If you fall asleep immediately (hello, sleep deprivation) or you toss and turn into the wee hours of the night, you are not alone. Many teachers struggle to get the night’s rest they need and deserve. Get started down the right path by forming a bedtime self-care routine and sticking to it. Here are a few ideas to get you on your way to a great night’s sleep.

Read a book that has nothing to do with teaching. Give your brain a break from thinking about teaching and read something indulgent such as Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan or A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult. Getting lost in a storyline is a great way to forget about your stress from the day and get your brain in the mood for sleep.

Along those same lines, using a sound machine app, such as the Sleep Pillow, or listening to your...