Monday, February 26, 2018

How to Create a Bedtime Routine

How to Create a Bedtime Routine

It's not something we think about, but we really should. Too often we are so focused on saving time, doing everything as quickly as possible, and trying fitting as much as we can into each day. The last thing on our minds is a proper bedtime routine. Bedtime routines should be slow, relaxed, and go against the feeling that we need to cram as much into each minute as we can. A proper bedtime routine does so many things for us. It relaxes us, it primes our body for quality rest, but it gives us the opportunity to take stock of our day. Many people just decide to sit down with some television or Netflix, but is that really good for getting your body primed for quality rest? Here's how to implement a proper bedtime routine into your life.


Make Time
A proper bedtime routine begins before you get into bed. You should think about having your last meal roughly 90 minutes before you get into bed, so that it doesn't weigh heavily on you, disrupting your sleep. Some people use their downtime to think about their day and to process what has happened, and you can do this while laying your clothes out for the next day, or by jotting down thoughts in a journal. Some of us can't get off to sleep because we have so many things to do that run through our mind on repeat, which is where a brain dump comes in handy. I know I am that way! It can be so difficult to turn my brain off and relax.

How to Create a Bedtime Routine


Indulge
If you have a lifestyle that is non-stop like I do, you may find little opportunity to do the things you really want. Use this time before sleep as an opportunity to be all about you. Whether you don't have the opportunity to implement a beauty regime normally, take advantage of using a nighttime moisturizer, putting on a face mask, having a foot soak, or doing your nails, these are all things that will make you look good. You can destress in as little as 15 minutes a day! When we look good, we feel good. Having an opportunity to indulge in the little things that make you happy, especially after a strenuous day, will help prime your brain and body to relax.

How to Create a Bedtime Routine


Make Your Environment Ready For Sleep
Of course, having a relaxing routine before bedtime means nothing if the sleeping environment is not conducive to relaxation. Look at your bedroom. Is it organized or messy? The bedroom should be for sleeping only. And while you might think that it's not harmful to get your phone out and chill in bed checking social media, in fact, the blue light from the phone is going to interrupt your sleep hormone, melatonin. This means phones and any electronic devices are banned from the bedroom! Install some blackout curtains, get high quality sheets, feather pillows, and a down comforter and use your bedroom as a sanctuary for sleep.

Taking an opportunity to wind down before bedtime is something we don't do often enough and this can increase the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep and decrease the quality of sleep. So if you find yourself struggling to sleep at night, ask yourself, do you have a proper bedtime routine? Think about indulging in you and investing in your sleep. We all know it's good for us, so why do we try and avoid it?

Check out this video I found about establishing a night routine too!


15 comments:

  1. I always try to "unplug" from my computer and phone about 2 hours before bedtime, helps me relax and seems to make it easier to drift off to sleep. Great tips Laura!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  2. These are good tips! It's been hectic here lately so I haven't had my usual few minutes to red before bed - too exhausted, but I do want to try get back into it, it was a good way to destress from a tough day! :)


    Hope you are have had a great weekend. We had a quiet one with all the wet weather!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  3. These are great tips for winding down. I always struggle with getting rid of electronics before bedtime but I know it would help!

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  4. These are all great tips. I try to plan to get to bed pretty early so I have time to read (it helps me relax) and I try not to look at my phone during that wind down time. That ends up being harder than it should be!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

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  5. I've been trying to ditch the phone before bedtime, and I do feel like it's helping. These are really great ways to wind down, some days it's harder than others!

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  6. It's always nice when there's a routine that you don't have to think about!!
    I loved reading this Laura!!
    XOOX
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  7. Our sleep is so vitally important so these tips are spot on!

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  8. I could use a better bedtime routine. I used to go to sleep so quickly, but lately I have trouble and I can't turn off my mind! I think if I slowed down before bed, it would help. I'm just always worried about what I need to get done.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  9. I'm pretty good about having a morning routine but my night routine could use some work. I love the idea of doing a brain dump at night--I could easily add this in when I'm making notes in my planner for the next day. I also like the idea of giving yourself a little indulgence at night (maybe other than wine or ice cream, which are my typical indulgences...). My nails would love the attention!

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  10. Ah night time routines are pretty important. The more I realize that I have a schedule to follow for whatever reason the more I am able to sleep all night!

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  11. I know I should leave my phone outside the bedroom. I always use as an excuses that I need a alarm clock!Bad!

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  12. I have start to go to sleep an hour after I but my daughter to bed. I have already have seen a different in my mood and how I feel the next day.

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  13. I like to read before bed, but that's about as far as I've gotten with a bedtime routine.

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  14. You are one smart cookie. I sleep so much better when I unplug an hour or so before bedtime, write my gratefuls in my journal, and do a little reading before setting the alarm and turning off the light.

    It's often hard for me to turn off my brain but I've found that praying over my worries works wonders. Thanks for these thoughtful ideas.

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  15. My ritual is face wash + moisturize. Burts Bees foot moisturizer and I am set !

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