I think it’s fair to say that life can be incredibly chaotic sometimes – I know mine is! Something that can help control the chaos is a night routine. They’re more important than we may realise and that’s why I’m sharing How to Create a Night Routine & Why You Should with you.
I’ve always wanted to create a night routine. They help us sleep better, prepare for the next day, and I reckon they can help us become more mindful.
They’re important! And I think they’ve become even more important considering COVID-19. We need to look after ourselves, and a night routine will help.
So, I’m going to stop rambling and get straight into why a night routine is important.
The importance of a night routine
A night routine is just as important as a morning routine. Having one can help you in a range of ways:
- Helps you relax
- Sleep hygiene is important for your physical and mental health
- You’ll have a more restful night with higher-quality sleep
- Can reduce sleeping problems
- Sets you up for a more productive morning/day
- Your brain will be sharper throughout the next day
Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? So, how about we move onto how to create your perfect night routine.
How to create your night routine
Determine what you want to achieve. Figure out the routine you want. All of our night routines will vary, and that’s okay. Figure out when you want your routine to start – after school/work/uni, after a certain time.
What’s important for you to include in your routine and make a list.
There will be a little bit of trial and error as you’re creating a new habit and it’ll take time.
What to include in your night routine
If you’re struggling to figure out what to include in your routine, here are some ideas.
Don’t have caffeine after 4PM
Caffeine can stay in your system for up to 6 hours. Try opting for water or caffeine free drinks.
Decide when your workday ends
Establish a time where you put everything work-related aside.
Tidy up your house/room
There’s nothing more satisfying than waking up to a clean house/room. Okay, there probably is, but this will help you keep your space clean, and it will help you relax and feel in control.
Have a warm bath or shower
What better way to relax?
Play soothing music
If music is your thing, play soothing music in the hours before you go to bed. This will help you relax.
Practice yoga, meditate and/or mindful breathing
Stretch out your muscles, calm your mind, breath deeply. Do some bedtime yoga to help you relax. Yoga with Adriene is always a good option!
Turn off electronics an hour before bed
It’s always a good idea to turn off your electronics an hour before bed. This helps you avoid blue light which can keep you awake.
Dedicate some time to yourself
Leave some time for yourself to do whatever you want.
Prepare for the next day
If you workout in the morning, get your workout gear ready to go. Make sure you’ve meal prepped and have your food ready. Organise and do things before going to bed, so you don’t have to do them tomorrow.
Write next day’s to-do list/goals
Write out your goals and your to-do list. Doing it before bed will help visualise and plan for the next day.
Let your thoughts run wild. Write whatever you feel like writing. Journalling is a great way to get things off your chest.
If you have a skincare routine set time aside to do it or set time aside to start one.
Read for a while. Reading can help you relax and relieve tension and stress.
Get into bed earlier than when you go to sleep
By this, I mean getting into bed at least 15 minutes before ‘bedtime’ to help you wind down. Some people can fall asleep what seems like instantly, but some of us can’t. Hopping into bed earlier we won’t lose sleep.
Practice proper sleep hygiene
Sleep hygiene is the habits that determine the quality of your sleep. Good habits will improve your sleep hygiene. Listen to your body clock and create your night routine around it. Go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time. Improve your sleep environment – have a cool room, dark room, comfy bedding.
Make sure to have a clear plan, start small and set reminders to help you out. Remember it will take time for your routine to become a habit.
Do you have a night routine? Do you want a night routine? Are you going to try and implement any of the ideas I’ve suggested?