If there’s one area in your room you should keep organized at all times, it’s your night table. Sleep is your most vulnerable time, and getting there requires some measure of peace and tranquility. Cluttering the closest surface to your bed with old coffee mugs and ramen containers is not exactly conducive to this state. Keep the space organized and stocked with these five essentials.
Glass of water
It’s not fun to wake up parched in the middle of the night, especially if you have to spend the next hour deciding whether you should drag yourself to the kitchen or resign yourself to your thirsty fate. Fix this issue with a touch of foresight—keep a fresh glass of water next to you while you sleep. Even if you don’t need it at night, drinking a cup of water first thing in the morning is a great way to jumpstart your metabolism.
Pen and paper
Newton had his apple, Ben Franklin had his kite, and your revolutionary idea may very well reveal itself in a dream. Don’t miss the opportunity because you don’t happen to have a pen handy. In all seriousness, even if you don’t end up making an earthshaking discovery, keeping a pen and paper by your bed is a great way to offload nighttime anxiety. Troubled by a nagging thought? Write it down and put it out of your head—literally.
Everyone can use a little extra hydration sometimes, and there are few things as annoying as getting tucked in and cozy, only to realize that your hands are dry and you need to walk all the way to the bathroom for moisturizer.
Here’s one you may not have thought of before. In the event that an emergency strikes in the midst of a power outage (it happens), the last thing you want to be doing is scrambling around, trying to light a candle while half asleep. Keep a flashlight near your bed and stay crisis-ready.
Book or magazine
Reading before bed is one of the healthiest mental habits you can cultivate. It helps ease you into sleep, and research shows that getting into this habit can make you calmer and more creative overall. Just leave the Stephen King novels for daylight hours.