Creating a night time routine will be a little bit different for everyone depending on your schedule, what helps you relax, etc. but I wanted to share with you what I do to wind down for the night to ensure I get a great nights rest!
Sleep is one of the most important things for our health, it gives our bodies the time it needs to recharge and repair so we can wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on another day. When we don’t give our bodies enough sleep our bodies become run down physically and mentally.
Here is my simple night time routine that I try to follow on a daily basis:
- Stretch It Out
The first thing I like to do when getting ready for bed is stretch out my body. This helps me release any tension that has built up from sitting at my desk for long periods of time or from working in my kitchen all day! I like to dim the lights, turn on my salt lamp, put on some relaxing music and stretch it out. On days when I am feeling especially tight I will bring out my accupressure mat, which is basically a foam mat that has thousands of tiny plastic spikes on it. Now that might sound insane but it honestly helps sooo much with relieving tension and sore muscles in my back. At first it feels pretty painful but after a few minutes your endorphins start flowing and it is very relaxing! The one I use is the Prosource Fit Accupressure Mat.
- Wash Off the Day
I looove taking a night time shower just to help me relax a bit more and wash off the days dirt and grime lol. Light a candle, shower, then of course you have to get into your coziest pj’s!
- Tea Time
Now it’s time to brew up your favourite herbal tea. I like to have teas specifically made to help induce sleep with herbs like chamomile, valerian and passionflower. My favourite ones are Traditional Medicinals “Nighty Night” tea or Celestial Seasonings “Sleepytime” tea. I drink my tea and either watch some TV, talk to my boyfriend, scroll on instagram (with my blue light glasses on).
I take a magnesium supplement every night before bed. Magnesium is such an important mineral for our bodies- it has over 300 uses and majority of us are just not getting enough of it! The reason I take it before bed is because it helps to relax muscles and nerves as well as calm the mind. I try to take it at least an hour before I want to go to sleep.
- Self-Love O’Clock
Now it’s time to give myself a little self-care. I apply all my skin care, wash my faceI like to use mostly natural products, my favourite holistic skin care company is Lunah Life, she is local to me as well!
- Cozy Up
It is finally my favourite time of day, time to climb into bed! I set my alarm and turn my phone on ‘Do Not Disturb’, I like to put it across the room as well so I won’t be tempted to look at it again. I like to read for around half an hour or at least one chapter of my book, this really helps me to get nice and sleepy. Right now I am reading the first Harry Potter!
- Set The Mood
Aromatherapy plays a huge part in human behaviour and lavender has been proven to promote relaxation and calmness. Which is why I like to use lavender essential oil spray on my pillows and behind my neck. This tells my body and mind that it is officially time to shut off and get some rest.
- Catch Some Z’s
Going to sleep around the same time every night has tons of benefits. This is because our bodies work on a biological clock- circadian rhythm. By staying on a schedule our body learns when to release certain hormones over a 24-hour cycle. Circadian rhythms also regulate our hunger, digestion, body temperature, mood, etc. When you keep your circadian rhythm on track, it can promote consistent and restorative sleep!
Other night time rituals you can try out:
-take out clothes for next day
-gratitude & prayer
-put on some relaxing music: jazz, bossa nova, nature sounds, white noise music