As you have likely gathered from reading my blog, I am a pretty regimented person. So it should come as no surprise that I aim to follow something of a nightly routine that helps calm down my system just before bed. If you struggle with your sleep schedule, then I’d highly recommend giving these tips a try—they have really helped in ensuring that I wake up feeling restored (most) mornings!
Give yourself 30 minutes before bed to wind down. It can be hard for your system to go straight from activity to bed, and that can lead to excessive tossing and turning. To avoid this, pick one or two of the below to get your body and mind in a relaxed state, and do so about 30 minutes before you’d like to go to sleep.
Drink a cup of tea. I love to drink a cup of mint or chamomile tea in my bedroom chair as I am getting ready for bed. I’ll bring out my book and do a little reading at the same time, too.
Take a bath. On the nights when I’m feeling like I really need to de-stress and wind down, I’ll draw myself a bath filled with epsom salt and lavender oil.
Turn down the lights. During this 30-minute wind down period, I will turn the main overhead light off in my room and only keep my nightstand light on. Scientific research has shown that bright light can stimulate your senses, so it’s best to keep the lights dim as you’re preparing for bed.
Shut off technology. Last but certainly not least, I put my phone on do not disturb and really make an effort to not look at it during this wind down period. I am one of those people who could get sucked into an Instagram rabbit hole at the snap of a finger, so this rule is one of the most important for me to follow.
Do you have a bedtime routine or tips for getting relaxed at the end of a long day? Please share below!