With the growth of self-help industry, words such as morning routines, morning routines of highly successful people, and the likes are found universally and are easily accessible to us. Much of the content out there is valuable and helpful, but I feel that there is a lack of content on night routine and what habits we can incorporate in it.
I have compiled a list of 20 good habits to include in your night routine. By no means is this a comprehensive list; feel free to choose what works for you. Hope you benefit from it.
- Brush your teeth. The very basic but the most overlooked habit is to brush your teeth before you sleep. People who don’t brush their teeth before sleeping are at higher risk for gum diseases, cavities and tooth loss.
- Write down five things you were grateful for in your day before you sleep. You can do the same with your kids if you have any. When tucking them in bed, you can share things you are grateful for with each other. This is a good way to build a sense of gratitude in your kids from a young age. You can do the same with your spouse.
- Make a top priority to-do list for the next day. That way, when you wake up you will know exactly how to start and organize your daily tasks.
- Let go at night whatever negativity you experienced during the day. Easier said than done, but do try.
- Keep a writing journal near your bed. Sometimes the best ideas, thoughts and reflection come before sleeping. Write it down.
- Make sure to keep an alarm (yes, those old fashioned alarm clocks) for the next morning. If you are the kind who hits the snooze button as soon as the alarm rings, then keep it at a distance from your bed, so you will be forced to climb out of your bed.
- Try to stick to a constant sleeping time as this helps your body to regulate itself accordingly. It also helps you to wake up before your alarm starts blaring.
- Clear your bedroom of all the gizmos and gadgets. Yes, they are important, but they need to kept in a different space. This way you won’t have any distractions before going to bed.
- Keep a few books beside your bed. Light reading is always recommended before sleeping.
- Try to have a noise and disruption free environment in your bedroom. Keep the T.V out and have a digital clock instead of an analog one with all the ticking.
- Avoid heavy meals, caffeine, and snacks 2-3 hours before bed time.
- Try different calming essential oils if you have insomnia. Lavender oil is commonly known to treat insomnia. It also helps in reducing mental stress and anxiety.
- Try different kind of teas for a better sleep. To know what kind of tea can help you sleep better, click here.
- Be open to trying different kinds of night routines. See what works best for you and stick to it.
- Adjust your bedroom’s lighting. Sometimes it’s the most overlooked factor which can have a huge effect on your sleep.
- Try doing some bedtime affirmation before you sleep. Ronald Alexander states, “Affirmations can be a powerful tool to help you change your mood, state of mind, and manifest the change you desire in your life,” in his article 5 Steps to Make Affirmations Work for You.
- Listen to a podcast. There’s a variety of podcasts out there. Choose whatever caters to your interest.
- Review your life goals. As Les Brown said, “Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.”
- Apologize or makeup with anyone if you need to. Call them, text them or whatever works for you. It’s never a good idea to delay apologies. Trust me you will go to bed with a lighter heart.
- Never go to sleep with your makeup on. Your skin will thank you later.
Have any tips that we can include in our night routine? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.