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As humans, we are creatures of habit. We crave routines from the time we are born They help us stay organized and prepare us for what’s next.
Ask anyone and they will tell you the most essential routine to an infant is their nighttime routine. Believe it or not, that never changes.
Nighttime routines are just as important in adulthood as they are to babies.
These routines are essential not only for preparing your mind and body for a good nights rest, but preparing for the day ahead.
Our minds function best when we know what comes next. If you have a solid night time routine, you’ll know what to expect first thing in the morning!
Make Your Mornings Awesome with This Nighttime Routine
1. No screen time at last a half hour before bed.
Turn do not disturb on your phone. No phone, no computer, and no TV. I know it’s hard. Believe me. But, the benefits far outweigh the consequences of glowing screens right before it’s time to rest. And no, it’s not just the blue light that you can get rid of with an app or filter. While you may think you’re just vegging in front of the TV or mindlessly scrolling Facebook, you’re actually keeping your mind turned on.
Give yourself some time to wind down. I bet you’ll fall asleep easier and sleep more soundly. Just give it a try.
2. Have a glass of water or herbal tea.
I love THIS SLEEPY TIME TEA, but I usually only drink it in the cooler months. So, during the warmer months, I’ll have a glass of water instead. Surprisingly, other than when I was pregnant. It doesn’t make me have to go to the bathroom 200 times during the night. It does, however, help me calm down (even the plain water) and helps my body to work its magic while I’m sleeping.
If you do use tea, great, but don’t sweeten it with sugar. Sugar will just hype you up and make you crash later. And make sure the tea is a caffeine free herbal variety that helps promote sleep.
3. Read a book.
Reading a few pages out of a good book helps me relax. A real book, remember, no devices! I read a chapter and put it down regardless of how interested I am in the content. Right now I’m reading THIS BOOK.
4. Journal the joys of your day.
Even if you can only find one thing that brought you joy today, write it down. What did you find even a tiny moment of happiness in? JOURNAL it. I think finding even fleeting moments of joy before we lay our heads down for the night is important.
5. Talk to your husband.
Finding time to talk to your husband or significant other in our busy lives can be difficult. Try shaving out a few minutes every evening before bed where you can sit with just him, alone, and give him your undivided attention.
6. Brush your teeth and wash your face.
Going to bed with a clean mouth and face will help you feel soooo much better in the morning.
7. Get your coffee pot ready.
We have THIS COFFEE POT for the house and I love that I can set it to turn on and brew when I want it to! I can throw the grounds and water in at night and set it to brew while I get myself dressed in the morning. Even if you don’t have a delay brew function, you can get it ready and turn it on first thing.
8. Lay out your clothes for tomorrow.
Sounds so first grade, doesn’t it? It’s not! You won’t be fumbling around in the morning trying to find something that matches or get your workout attire gathered up.
9. Write out your to do list.
Know what you’re doing tomorrow before you even go to bed! It will help you shut your racing mind off and actually sleep.
10. Set an alarm.
And then put it way across the room so that you actually have to get up to shut it off when it rings!
Reflect on the day you’ve just had and just relax.
Enjoy a good nights rest and you’ll have an amazing tomorrow!