Even if we don’t realize it, we all have them. Our daily and nightly routines that help to get us through our day. When it comes to nightly routines, these are the ways that help us wind down and get our bodies ready to get the rest that we need.
My nightly routine is what I consider to be a simple one. After I’ve changed into my pj’s, I use my asthma inhaler, brush my teeth, take a gummy melatonin, put in some earplugs, put on my sleep mask, and then I set the alarm and turn the clock away from the bed. Some nights, I’ll rub a lavender-scented lotion on my hands to both moisturize and to provide a soothing scent that I feel helps me rest better.
Is the above really when my nightly routine has begun? To get optimal sleep, our minds have to be ready for sleep. In actuality, my nightly routine begins when I watch mindless television for an hour before my bedtime. By “mindless television”, I am referring to reruns of shows that I have seen before. The simple act of not having to think or contemplate what I am watching, which means I don’t need to pay close attention, this helps me turn off my brain which assists in getting me ready for rest. It is such a truly simple act, but it helps me to unwind and destress. Not worrying about what tomorrow will bring also helps me rest better. By planning out my next day well before I head to bed, which includes things as simple as planning what I want to wear in the morning, helps keep my mind at ease which in turn helps me to relax.
Having a nightly routine soothes me. Feeling soothed makes me feel calm. Feeling calm helps me to rest. And that is what my nightly routine is there for.
What is your nightly routine?