I’ve always considered myself to be a night owl.
I’ve also always struggled with shutting off my mind so that I could fall asleep. The second my head would hit the pillow, my mind would race. I would start to think of all the things to do or all the things that scared me or even excited me. It’s like my mind instantly would rev up and go crazy.
I used to use alcohol, tylenol pm, comfort food, or binge watching tv until I was so tired that I’d finally just fall asleep. This would just make me feel horrible in the morning and then I’d be exhausted and droggy throughout the whole next day.
When I started to eat healthier and learn more about wellness I realized how important sleep was and I knew I had to start making sleep a priority.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved sleeping, but I wanted to find away to better fall asleep and sleep peacefully through the night. Over the years I’ve really learned that I need a good 8-9 hours to feel my best and have productive day. Before, I didn’t realize that I actually had the ability to fall asleep easier and get a better night of sleep by just creating a relaxing nighttime routine.
Here Are 3 Tips for Creating Your Ultimate Nighttime Routine:
1. Start Winding Down 1 Hour Before You’d Like To Fall Asleep
This means turning off all electronics and television in order to let your mind begin to rest. Research has shown that the blue lights coming from these devices suppress the production of melatonin which can delay sleep and lead to less REM sleep. This can cause you to wake up still feeling tired even after 8 hours of sleep.
2. Do Something Nourishing For Your Mind, Body, & Soul
During this hour without electronics find rituals or routines that really make you feel good. Some amazing suggestions I love are:
reading an actual book (something light, fun, or inspiring)
Take a bath or shower
Diffuse calming essential oils
Mix with coconut or sesame oil with essential oils to massage all over your body
Find an activity that makes you feel relaxed and pampered right before bed and it will help you sleep like a baby.
3. Brain Dump & Gratitude
This step has been critical for me and has allowed me to fall asleep so much faster. First, I like to brain dump any to do’s for the next day or anything I am worried about. This allows me to not stress over it because I know it is written down and I can address it in the morning. After, I write a list of things I appreciate or am grateful for that day. I write as many things I can think of and usually feel at peace and happy right before bed.
Well, those are my simple yet VERY effective tips for creating the perfect nighttime routine to help you sleep peacefully.