Do you consider yourself more of a morning person or a night owl? I thrive in the morning and in the early part of the day…
Now that I am older and have children, my sleep is more important than it has ever been. I find comfort in self-care and taking moments for me, and my nighttime routine is definitely part of that. Our bodies are truly so adaptable, and trainable. We have the ability to catch onto patterns and habits quickly (research shows it can take as little as 18 days to form or break a habit). I find that I am a better me when I am rested, so I have forced myself to get into the habit of making a full 8 hours of sleep a top priority. Did you know that the amount of sleep that we get/don’t get affects the following?
- our ability to lose weight.
- the foods we crave/our diet.
- our ability to concentrate and our productivity.
- our risk of heart disease stroke.
- our ability to fight cold & flu: a study found those who slept less
then7 hours/night were 3x more likely to develop a cold than those who slept 8 hours or more.
I don’t know about you, but all of the above are good enough
As soon as I get the kid’s down to bed, which is between 7-730pm, I brew a cup of tea. Any tea will do, but I am really loving the Pukka brand.
To Do List For Tomorrow
There are few things worse than getting into bed only to find my mind racing about the day ahead. I have found that sitting down with a cup of tea and planning out the day ahead really helps me to shut my brain off and rest once I am in bed. There isn’t anything to worry about forgetting, or what I did/didn’t accomplish if it is written out on paper.
If a to-do list doesn’t get the job done and I find my mind still racing, I will either pick up a book or journal. The last thing I do (even though it’s SO tempting) is pick up my phone. I feel like as soon as I give in and mindlessly. scroll an hour has passed that I could have been healing my body and getting rested for the day ahead.
Put My Phone Away
Which leads me right into this–I know I have talked about this on IG and in other blog posts, but our phones do not live next to our beds. Typically we leave them charging in the kitchen, or sometimes in our bathroom. The radiation that our phones emit is terrifying (if you have never looked into this, please do. Please stop sleeping with your phone under your pillow and please tell your man to stop driving with it between his legs…).. and that aside, it’s harder to truly rest when something is buzzing or lighting up all night long. Also, it makes it a whole lot less likely for me to scroll if I have to get out of bed to get my hands on it. It took a little getting used to, but this is something that I am happy that we did. Research shows that we should give ourselves an hour without screens before bed to allow our brains to fully unwind.
Set The Mood
I dim the lights immediately. Actually, I really never have bright lights on in the house… but, especially at nighttime.
After dimming the lights I turn on the diffuser in our bedroom. It’s so heavenly opening our bedroom door to a fresh, clean and relaxing smell. My favorite oil to diffuse at nighttime is lavender because of it’s calming and relaxing properties, but this is totally a preference thing. There are tons of brands of essential oils out there today, so take your pick of preference! To be honest, I don’t worry quite as much about quality when it comes to oils that we diffuse as I do about the oils that are applied topically.
Skincare Routine & Pajamas
Last, but definitely not least is my skincare. The final step to my bedtime routine is to wash my face and care for my skin. There is so much healing that takes place while we sleep, and by using the right products we can get a step ahead of aging! It took me a while to figure out the skincare routine that works best for me, and to be honest, it changes every season. Also, I was doing it all wrong for a while, so here are the proper nighttime steps to follow for skincare:
- Eye Cream
- Treatments: Acne, Anti-Aging Serum, AHA, Clay Mask, etc.
- Face Oil
- Moisturizer/Night Cream
Do you have a routine that helps you to calm down and unwind from the day? If so, please share your tips and tricks in the comments!
goodnight, sleep tight. xo, G