7 Simple Routines You Need To Get A Better Nights Sleep
Is your life lacking a night routine!?
Mine was too, until recently, and I feel amazing now that I’ve been following this routine for a couple of months now.
Never before have I had this much energy (well maybe before two kids, ha) or felt happier and more relaxed.
If you’re feeling the chaos that this crazy world often brings, having a night routine is a great way to sort through the stresses of everyday life and focus on your own wellbeing.
There’s no better way to have a happier and more productive morning than ending the previous night on a good note!
Hopefully, the things I do during my night routine can find a cozy home in your night routine 😉
1. SHUT DOWN!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.
SHUT IT DOWN. (any New Girl fans out there?!)
It is no secret that being on your phone or tablet, or watching tv until you go to sleep is super bad for you.
Like, soooooooooooooooooooo bad for you.
Now, do I have your attention? 😉
They say you should be shutting down from all electronic devices up to two hours before your bedtime – but hey, even thirty minutes is a good start in my books.
Try to keep all electronics out of the bedroom, that way you won’t be tempted once you turn in for the night.
I know, you’ll have to buy a real alarm clock, Ha!
Think about setting up a charging station somewhere in your house where you can safely leave your phone each night while you tackle your night routine.
When I first committed to shutting down from electronics every night, I began with thirty minutes the first week and then gradually increased that time over the next few weeks until I was comfortable with and used to shutting down a whole two hours before bed to begin my night routine!
2. PREPARE FOR TOMORROW
Each night I like to prepare myself for the following day so I feel stress-free and motivated to tackle the day!
And, also, so I can sleep in longer…. 😉
Take some time during your night routine to quickly prepare your breakfast and lunch for the following day.
I make doing this even simpler by meal prepping for the week on Sunday’s.
This way, all I have to do is throw some premade containers of meals into my lunch bag and head to work in the morning!
Also, I like to have my clothes for the following day planned out – cause whose got time for trying to look cute at 5am.
Another great way to prepare during your night routine is to check over your planner for the following day so you know what important things need to be crossed off your to-do list.
3. TIDY UP
Who likes waking up to a disorganized space?
Waking up and seeing nothing but disarray only sets up your day for disorganization.
If all I can think about is when I’ll be able to get the dishes done, there’s no way I’ll be able to concentrate on working on the blog, or whatever else needs to be done.
Taking a few extra minutes before bed to quickly clean your space will save you boat loads of time in the future.
Now, I don’t mean you need to break out the duster and vacuum – save that for another day.
Simply put things back where they belong and wash the dishes, etc.
This way, in the morning you won’t be searching for your shoes or wondering where you last left your keys.
Thank you, night routine!
4. SKIN CARE
I have suuuper high maintenance skin, meaning I have to dedicate quite some time each evening to loving my face.
But that’s ok, cause I need something to distract me from the fact that I haven’t checked Instagram in an hour!
I’m also like most normal humans and enjoy waking up to clear, glowing skin.
Getting into the habit of taking the time to take care of your skin each night will totally benefit you in the future to keep acne and wrinkles at bay.
I’ve recently begun experimenting with a Korean skincare routine and have seen GREAT results.
This skincare routine consists of 10 steps, and like I said – it’s almost cleared my stubborn acne completely.
In case you’re interested, I’ll list out the steps and the products I’ve been loving to follow through with the Korean skincare routine!
- Makeup Remover/Oil Cleanser: I use coconut oil!
- Water Based Cleanser: The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is great for my dry sensitive skin!
- Exfoliation: I use Era Organics Microdermabrasion Scrub/Mask to exfoliate every other day and honestly think it is the main reason my skin began to clear up. I don’t think I was spending enough time removing dead skin, so my pores got clogged more quickly, hence the breakouts! Yay for exfoliation!
- Toner: I’m actually still trying to find a toner that works! I was previously using Witch Hazel but it became too drying for me. Have any suggesting?! I would love to get some tips in the comments 🙂
- Essence: MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence – this stuff is gold.
- Serum(s): I like to do a little DIY here and use a mixture of coconut oil, tea tree oil, and lemon essential oil. Not only does this moisturize my dry skin like crazy, but the tea tree and lemon essential oils are especially good for acne prone skin. I’ve seen an impressive decrease in acne since incorporating this DIY into my skincare routine!
- Sheet Masks: This isn’t an every night kind of step for me, but about twice a week I’ll use a sheet mask. My favorite are from Tony Moly!
- Eye Cream: I’ve been using Yes To Grapefruit’s Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream – I don’t love it but I don’t hate it. I’ll likely try something different when I use up all of this product.
- Moisturizer: At night I use Era Organics and in the AM I use Cetaphil!
- Sun Protection: Obvs for the mornings only, I use! My Cetaphil Moisturizer has an SPF of 30, so I kill two birds with one stone here!
Stretching before bed feels incredible.
Seriously, add this to your night routine tonight!
Who knew how much wear and tear your poor muscles were getting on a daily basis.
Stretching before bed helps me to relax, destress, and really release any negative emotions from the day.
I like to follow a night time yoga routine to incorporate stretching into my night and love how relaxing it makes me feel.
It’s great to focus on something other than your thoughts for a period of time while helping your body in more ways than one.
Unfortunately, I don’t exercise quite as often as I should, but making sure I stretch at least once a day has really helped me feel healthier and less out of shape.
My favorite place to find night time stretching and yoga routines are on Pinterest and Youtube.
If I am looking for something quick, I’ll grab a 5-minute stretching routine that is easy to follow from Pinterest.
But, if I am feeling a little more motivated, I’ll connect YouTube to my TV and follow along with one of Yoga With Adriene’s routines.
6. MENTAL HEALTH
Your brain is overloaded with information all day long and now it’s time to play brain dead for a bit!
So, do whatever it is you enjoy to take your mind of any stressors!
Depending on my mood, I like to spend some quality time with my planner, or catch up on my reading.
I find that when I have too much information floating around in my head, I can’t concentrate on anything else.
When this is the case, I’ll grab my brain dump printable and my planner and write down everything that’s clogging up my brain.
The brain dump printable is to get everything out, regardless of order or organization! It should look like a bunch of jumbled information!
After you’ve emptied your brain, take your planner and organize your thoughts.
Maybe you need to jot some to-do’s down in your calendar, or write a reflection or gratitude page in your notes!
Whatever it may be, doing this during your night routine will really help to begin clearing your brain for a good nights sleep!
No worrying should be fueling your insomnia anymore!
7. BED TIME
Has it really already been two full hours without any electronics!
Phew, see easier than you thought right?!
AVOID THE TEMPTATION TO CHECK YOUR PHONE BEFORE BED.
Your Twitter feed can wait until the morning 😉
(Keep your phone on ringer so any important messages can still reach you)
Now that your night routine is coming to a close, it’s important to make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep each night.
Because, regardless of how awesome your night routine is, it still won’t be quite as good if you aren’t getting the right amount of sleep for your body.
Try experimenting on days when you don’t need an alarm clock to wake up and see when your body naturally wakes you up from sleeping.
This will help to get an idea of how many hours of sleep your body needs to replenish itself for a new day.
Then, based on your magic number, set a bedtime and stick to it.
Don’t forget to plan two hours in advance of your bedtime to start shutting down!
You’ll also want to make sure your room is optimized for a good nights sleep by keeping the temperature cool and maybe using an essential oil diffusing humidifier!
Ah, sweet dreams!
What does your night routine look like?! Tell me, tell me, tell me!!
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