4 tips for traders to get a good night's sleep
By Paul Reid
09 October 2023
For traders, the hustle doesn't stop when the markets close. The decisions you make before you hit the hay can significantly impact your trading performance the next day. Here are 4 golden rules to get a better night's sleep.
1 . Checking and adjusting your open positions
Long before you tuck yourself in, review your current open positions. Take a moment to assess how your trades are performing. Are they meeting your expectations? Consider updating or adjusting your Stop Loss (SL) and Take Profit (TP) levels, if necessary. Managing or temporarily modifying your positions can help you avoid unexpected market moves and restlessness during the night, and also set a clear plan to follow with a morning coffee.
2 . Checking the economic calendar and events
Successful trading requires that you stay ahead of the curve. Take a few minutes to consult the economic calendar and stay informed about major news, announcements, and events scheduled for the following day. Do this in the early evening and leave notes for yourself to find the next day. Knowing that you’ve had one last look will limit the unknown variable that often plagues traders at night.
3 . Self-evaluation and journaling
Do you record every trade, every thought, and every emotion in a trading journal? Your trading journal becomes a valuable resource for learning from past experiences and improving your trading strategies.
About an hour before bed, review your trading journal for the day one last time. What went well, and what didn't? Speculate on the reasons behind both your successes and setbacks. Delve into the details of your trading decisions and write some final insights. Putting your thoughts and observations down on paper will release them from your mind and allow you to drift away knowing the lessons learned are recorded.
4 . Maintain a sleep routine
Sleep is crucial for mental clarity and emotional stability, both of which are vital for trading. Resist the temptation to check the charts for new opportunities from your mobile phone while laying in bed. The blue light from screens can disrupt your sleep patterns and trigger impulsive actions that might keep you up an extra hour or two, and may cost you dearly.
Set an alarm to prompt you to start a bedtime routine and stick to it. Like with trading, consistency is key. Give yourself the gift of quality sleep and wake up the next day with a clear mind.
For some, following these 4 simple rules won’t be easy. As a trader, your nighttime routine plays a pivotal role in your trading success and personal performance. By following this pre-sleep checklist, you can better position yourself for profitable and stress-free trading days. Remember, taking care of your mental and emotional well-being is just as important as analyzing charts and making trades. So, sleep well, and trade even better tomorrow.
This is not investment advice. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Your capital is at risk, please trade responsibly.
Paul Reid is a financial journalist dedicated to uncovering hidden fundamental connections that can give traders an advantage. Focusing primarily on the stock market, Paul's instincts for identifying major company shifts is well established from following the financial markets for over a decade.
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