Night routines are the things you do prior to going to bed. For example, it may be your habit to have a hot drink before going to bed, or perhaps you like to read a book in bed before going to sleep.
Below are beneficial things you might want to add to you night routine:
- Decide when the work day ends:
To have a solid night routine, you must decide when you’re leaving work. It’s easy to lose track of time and stay too late working. You can establish a cut off time for work-related emails and phone calls as well. If you don’t set boundaries, it might be hard to enjoy life and get a good night of sleep.
- Have a healthy dinner:
Aim to have your dinner a few hours before you go to bed. Overeating or having heavy meals around bedtime may lead to discomfort and indigestion. When you need a snack closer to bedtime, reach for something light and healthy.
- Take time to tidy:
Being in an organized environment will help you feel relaxed and in control. Cleaning dishes and counter tops after dinner is very important. You can also take some time to put things away if you’ve used them during the day.Be mindful of clutter in your bedroom because waking up in an orderly space will work wonders for your mood.
- Prepare for tomorrow:
Get out tomorrow’s outfit and gym clothes as you tidy. Clear unnecessary items out of your bag and set out everything you need to take with you. Taking these steps means you’re less likely to drag the next day by forgetting something. You’ll also prevent decision fatigue from setting in the next day.
When you don’t have a million things to do upon waking, it’s easier to sleep well without dealing with overwhelm. Waking up won’t seem like a chore if you set yourself up for success.
- Take care of hygiene rituals
Asides brushing your teeth and washing your face, take a warm bath, or a hot shower before bed. It helps in calming your nerves and making the night restful.
- Reflect on your day:
Consider what worked and didn’t work during the day. This helps you appreciate your accomplishments, and shape a better tomorrow. You can start by acknowledging one or two things you wish had gone better but learn to end your reflection by thinking of a few wins you had. Even if you had a bad day, make an effort to end by thinking about something good that happened.
You can write lingering thoughts or reflections in your journal. This keeps you from going to bed with a head full of worries.
- Step away from the screens:
Learn to cut off all screens at least 30 minutes before bedtime. The blue light from electronics interferes with the production of melatonin, a hormone necessary for restful sleep.
- Read a book:
A better alternative to looking at your phone is to read a book. Six minutes of reading can ease the tension of stress in the human body and calm your nerves.
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