You’re probably wondering why in the world I’m telling you that you should have a bedtime routine. You’re a grown woman! You’ve waited your entire childhood to be able to go to bed whenever you darn well please. No one is going to dictate when you go to bed, let alone what you are and aren’t allowed to do before bed!
Ugh…I know. I’m right there with you. But unfortunately, Mom was right again. Having a bedtime routine is important. For me, it’s important because I’m a tired parent who needs as much of a head start as I can get. If you’re in the same boat, check out The One Parenting Tip That Will Change Everything.
1 Consistency is key in all aspects of life. If you cannot be consistent in the behaviors that affect you personally, how can you be consistent in the behaviors that affect others?
2 When you have an effective routine, you will fall asleep faster and enjoy more restful sleep.
3 Consistent, restful sleep is incredibly important for your health!
What makes a good bedtime routine?
-Turn off all screens 30 minutes prior to hitting the hay. This means televisions, computers, laptops, tablets, cell phones, and handheld video games. Visual stimulation prior to going to bed inhibits the brain’s ability to rest, making it more difficult to sleep.
-Engage in a relaxing activity for 30 minutes in a dimly lit, quiet place other than your bedroom prior to going to sleep. This allows your mind to slow down, making it easier for you to go to sleep when the time comes. Check out some examples below.
-Finally, go to bed at the same time every night. Do this every night for a month and your internal clock will naturally set itself. You will find yourself falling asleep quickly and easily every night. It makes tomorrow sooo much easier!
Some examples of relaxing activities:
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-Read a book on the couch in the living room with only a lamp on. If you need extra light, use a book light.
-Listen to some guided meditation on the back patio. (The Honest Guys have some great material!)
-Set up your yoga mat in the back yard and do some evening stretches. — P.S. I like the thicker yoga mats because my favorite yoga pose is “Dead Man’s Pose”. 😉
Variation in your nightly activity is fine but I find it easiest to stick with the same one. For me, that’s reading. I love a good book. It just takes my mind off of everything. And the best part of it all is that I live three blocks from our public library! A quick walk, a world of books to choose from, and a great read every night. It’s perfect.
Give this a try and let me know how it goes for you. DO you have a different relaxing active that you engage in every night? What seems to be the best time of night to go to sleep? I’d love to hear it all.