So everyone knows that a good night’s sleep is important. It helps your body recover and your mind to store everything away nicely. Struggling to sleep is one of the most frustrating feelings. I usually sleep quite well, but when I am stressed that all goes out the window. The best way I’ve found to get my sleep back on track is to commit to a bedtime routine. If you are having serious sleep issues then please go and see your doctor, these tips can only go so far.
Alarms aren’t just for the morning. I use an alarm in the evening to let me know it is time to put away the screens and start my bedtime routine. The first thing I do when the alarm goes off is to check my morning alarm is set for the next day and turn off all other electronic devices, like my laptop and ipad. I will switch my iphone onto the night shift mode and turn the brightness down too, because I might want to listen to a podcast later if I am struggling to sleep and I don’t want to blind myself with a bright, white light.
Setting the Scene
When my alarm goes off it is time to finish any small bits of housework left for the day and start the move into my bedroom. If I have any candles burning elsewhere in the house I will take these into my room. Also, I will crack the window open to cool down my room. I find it easier to fall asleep if I can really snuggle into the covers, opening the window at the start of my routine allows me to close it again before I go to sleep if I decide that it is a bit too cold.
I can leave my room to cool down while I finish the housework and complete my skincare routine.
I will make sure my room is tidy and take any extra pillows off the bed. I like to turn my side lights on, these along with candles make a very soft and relaxing light. I will also grab a glass of water to have on my bedside table for if I get thirsty in the night or for the morning.
Skincare Routine and Teeth
Now I will complete my skincare routine and brush my teeth. I don’t like to shower in the evenings because my hair dries funny! My skincare routine isn’t that interesting, I will usually just wash my face and if it is feeling dry moisturise. I am currently using my Yes To Tomatoes Moisturiser and switching it up between cleansers that I got in my most recent haul.
I have also been trying out Lush Sleepy body lotion before bed. I find it relaxing and I don’t want to believe that it is the body lotion, but I think I sleep a lot more solidly when I use it. To me it smells like Lotus Biscoff biscuits, and not heavily of lavender at all. I really like the scent and I have been enjoying it so far. I will write a proper review of Sleepy soon.
I try and complete my routine at a leisurely pace, there is no rush, but usually I can get everything done and be in bed within half an hour. When I am in bed if I feel like I will fall asleep instantly then I will blow out the candles and turn off the lights. If I am a little bit more restless then I will choose a podcast to listen too and set it so that when that episode is finished my phone will be quiet, or usually after half an hour it will stop playing the episode.
This routine has really helped me to get control back over my sleep and makes me look forward to bedtime! Is there anything in your bedtime routine that I’m missing? Let me know in the comments. Sweet dreams!