I don’t think night routines get enough credit. My favorite part of the day is when I get ready for bed. I spend the few hours before going to sleep basking in my lavender-scented essential oils, planning out my next day, and winding down with a good book. Having a good routine will make or break your sleep quality, and we all know how important that is.
Before I started my night routine, I would be up all night with frantic thoughts about what I didn’t get done during the day and that awkward thing I said in a conversation earlier. My productivity and clarity of mind significantly decreased. I would be tired throughout the day and could never find the motivation to do anything. That all changed when I put in the effort to create a night routine that worked for me. Here are some of the things I added to my regime that changed my life.
1) GET READY FOR BED AN HOUR OR TWO BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO GO TO SLEEP
When it hits 7 pm, I know it’s time for me to begin getting ready for bed. This leaves me with just enough time to get situated, so I don’t go to bed in a rush. Many times if I don’t take my night routine slowly, I’ll feel stressed and like I forgot to do something. Having a set period of time to really focus on getting relaxed makes all the difference.
2) USE SCENTS IN YOUR NIGHT ROUTINE TO SET THE MOOD
Telling your brain to settle down for bed is such a crucial part of a nighttime routine, especially for people who suffer from anxiety. We’ve all had those sleepless nights where our thoughts just never stop. I’d look at the clock every half hour and wonder if I’m ever going to sleep. Then I would count the number of hours of sleep I would get if I went to bed right then and there. This usually happens when I have so much on my mind that I can’t relax. Using scents is a way to soothe myself and get me into a calm state of mind. Here are a few products I recommend using:
Essential oils: Lavander is known to bring on a state of relaxation and help people get a better night’s sleep. I bought a diffuser a few years ago, and I can’t even explain how beneficial it has been for my rest. A study says that lavender scent helps treat insomnia and improve sleep quality. If you interested in essential oils, you can get them here, or at any local supermarket.
Sprays: I like to spray lavender all over my pillows and blankets. Getting into bed and being able to smell this peaceful aroma puts me at ease. I’ve been doing this in my routine for such a long time that it feels weird if I don’t. Just like with the essential oils, the lavender spray is known for improving sleep quality. You can get some here.
Candles: If you’re not into essential oils, then try out candles. Pick your favorite scent and light it up. There’s nothing more relaxing than to sit in the comfort of one of your most liked smells.
3) GET HYDRATED
Think about it. After sleeping for 8 hours, you have deprived your body of any water. The best way to keep yourself hydrated is by drinking a big glass of water about an hour before you go to sleep. Keep a water bottle by the side of your bed in case you wake up in the middle of the night and need more. Then when you wake up in the morning, drink another glass. Keeping your body well hydrated helps to improve its functioning.
4) INCORPORATE A SHOWER INTO YOUR NIGHT ROUTINE
I always take a shower before I go to bed at night. I know some people like morning showers better, but I don’t. Knowing that I’ll be going to bed all nice and clean, plus the only thing I have to do in the morning is get up and get ready for the day. If I don’t do this, then in the morning, I’ll have to take the time to blow dry my hair and style it, which could take up to an hour. I don’t have time for that. I’m sure many of you are looking for ways to save time as well.
5) GET ORGANIZED FOR THE NEXT DAY
One of the best pieces of advice I could give to anyone is to plan out their day in advance. This is when I reflect on the day I just had and then plan for the next day. I like to look at everything I didn’t get done and add that to my list for the following day. Then I set out my clothes for the morning. Just so I don’t have to use mental energy to figure out what I want to wear. Again, it just makes my mornings that much easier.
6) ADD SOMETHING TO YOUR NIGHT ROUTINE TO WIND DOWN
At night I like to read books. Reading is something I enjoy a lot, plus it helps me get sleepy. This is when I get to read about whatever I want and maybe even learn something in the process. However, some people don’t like to read. If this is you, then do something that will relax you. Maybe watch a TV show, do a crossword puzzle, or color. Other’s may like to listen to music before bed. It’s really up to you and your preference for what relaxes you.
A night routine is one of the best things you can incorporate into your life. I changed the quality of my sleep by developing a way that suited my needs. If you already have a great night routine but need help to establish a morning routine, read my post on how to create the perfect morning routine.
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