Steps towards good sleep

Steps towards good sleep

When you hear the word ‘routine’, the first thought that might come to your mind could be a plan for your day. Maybe the second thought that would enter your mind is a morning routine. 

Another routine that many people overlook is your night routine. Did you know that a night routine is just as important as any other routine in your day?

By the time you are ready for bed, you have gone through a long day filled with different moments. Maybe some moments were good, maybe some were more stressful than others. Regardless, it is vital that you unwind for the night. 

For each person, a night routine is unique. There are different ways you can think of your night routine:

Have a night journal

Every night before going to bed, you can unwind by writing. There are so many different things you can write about. You can write about your day, your goals, or even organize what you want to achieve the next day. Whatever it may be, it is nice to get your thoughts on paper. 

Avoid screen time at least an hour before bed

It can be tempting to grab your phone and scroll through your social media while relaxing in bed. But our phone and laptop screens emit blue light and blue light rays can alter our natural circadian rhythm. Not getting enough sleep at night from this imbalance can lead to daytime tiredness. To avoid this, try to avoid using phones, laptops or tablets for at least an hour before you go to bed. However, if you really must use your screen, use yellow tinted glasses that block blue light. 

Wind Down

Practice your skincare. Using this time to develop a good skin care routine is a great way to unwind. Don’t have any skincare products at home right now? No worries. You can use natural remedies and DIY masks that are easy to make at home. 

Another good bed time routine is meditation. There are a variety of apps or videos available on the internet for you to choose from. Find a video or soundtrack that best suits you and take this time to re-center yourself. 

Alternatively, if you don’t like meditating, you could use the time to do some night stretches. Stretching out your muscles and limbs before going to bed can relieve any potential tension ensuring a good night’s rest. 

Finally, if you ever feel anxious before bedtime, try drinking a cup of chamomile tea or use essential oils.

Day after day, as you begin to implement a night routine, you will notice a positive change in the way you feel. You will sleep better and feel better. Maybe a daunting task at first, but once you get the hang of it, night routines are life changing!