Natalie here! Today I’m talking about nighttime routines and why it’s so important to have one. Do you have a nighttime routine? Are there consistent things you do every night before you go to bed? Personally, I go through phases where I have a nighttime routine that’s really healthy and then phases where I completely abandon it. When I’m not on top of my nighttime routine, I typically notice a pretty dramatic slump in my overall wellbeing.
When I work with clients that are perpetually stressed I always start by taking a look at their morning and nighttime routines because what we do first thing in the morning and right before we go to sleep can have such a great impact on how we feel in general.
The good news is, creating an awesome nighttime routine can help you sleep more deeply, wake up feeling rested, and even improve your mood and productivity throughout the entire next day.
When creating a nighttime routine it’s important to start where you are instead of setting overly ambitious goals. Don’t let a nighttime routine intimidate you. A good routine can look so many different ways, there’s no one way to do anything!
Here are three steps to creating a nighttime routine that works for you:
HAVE A CONSISTENT(ISH) BEDTIME:
Going to bed around the same time every night helps your body get into a natural rhythm with sleep. This can help with insomnia and it can even make it easier to become a morning person! I say consistent (ish) because we’re humans, and it’s important to leave wiggle room for life to happen. Remember it’s never about being perfect, it’s just about doing what’s best for you in the present moment.
GET OFF SOCIAL MEDIA AT LEAST 30 MINUTES BEFORE BED:
This one can be challenging for most people, especially because a lot of us fall asleep, Phones in hand, scrolling through Facebook or Instagram. Signing offline 30 minutes to an hour before bed gives you a chance to disconnect from the outside world and allows your nervous system to calm down. If you’ve ever laid in bed with your mind racing when you should be sleeping, too much social media at night could be the culprit. Get offline and do something that soothes your mind. Maybe read a book, drink a hot cup of tea or listen to some relaxing music. This might be the most challenging tip I’m offering, but it’s also probably the most potent. If this sounds overwhelming start small and work your way up to doing this daily.
CREATE A NIGHTLY ROUTINE THAT FOCUSES PURELY ON SELF-CARE:
This can look like lighting a candle or incense before bed, taking time to meditate, and it can also look like applying moisturizer to your face or body. There’s no right or wrong answer here, it’s really just about spending time doing something that feels good to you.
Applying these tips will help you sleep better, and feel more centered and grounded throughout the day. Who doesn’t want that? Cheers to peaceful nights and more restful sleep!