Do you start thinking about bedtime as soon as you wake up? Is it because the responsibilities of your day will be a memory and you can curl up under your blankets and hide? Or is it because you’re already exhausted and the day hasn’t even started?
I don’t need to tell you how important sleep is. You know that a good night’s sleep will help you to feel less stressed, have more energy and a clear mind, be more productive and patient, and basically be a better person. I’m sure you also know that quality sleep is super important for your short and long term health – body and brain.
What if you’re ready for bed but the hamster isn’t?
Sleep is precious so there’s a huge upside to incorporating an evening routine into your bedtime. It may be just what you need to have the hamster off of the wheel by the time your head hits the pillow. Try this routine to calm your racing thoughts and get a great night’s sleep.
- Go to bed at the same time every night. If you’ve got something going on, try to still get to bed within an hour of your normal bedtime.
- Shut down all electronics one hour before bed.
- Create a self-care ritual. Swap mine from below if you like!
- Wash and moisturize your face.
- Brush and floss your teeth.
- Do some light stretching.
- Moisturize and massage your calves, feet, arms, and hands with a lavender lotion. This honestly has had the most surprising benefits!
- Dab a little lavender essential oil (like Young Living or DoTerra) on your wrists and neck.
- You can also diffuse the lavender oil or make a spray for your pillow and blankets.
- Read something that isn’t the news.
Bonus: Set up your room with blackout curtains, comfy sheets and blankets, a white noise machine or small fan, and keep your room cool.
There are also things you can do during the day to help you get an awesome night’s sleep. Limit your caffeine during the day, exercise, stay hydrated, eat nutritious food – the usual advice.
For a list of my favorite apps which include some self-care, click here – Best Apps List.
If you want more info on the importance of quality sleep and more resources to help you get it, I highly recommend you click this link – Arianna Huffington Sleep Resources. She has started a sleep revolution!