There are few things in my life that are as precious to me as my bedtime routine.
Yes, I am a grandma in a 27 year old body, and yes, I go to bed early, and yes…I’m very serious. I’ve always had a really hard time getting a solid night of sleep. Either I can’t fall asleep or I wake up multiple times at night, or I wake up at 2:00am and can’t fall back to sleep…
I have finally found a routine that works best for me. I try very hard to make sure that I stay on the same routine pretty much everyday and I have been sleeping better than I have been in a long time. I figured that I would walk you guys through it.
A main tip that I have that I can pass on if you’re struggling to sleep is that you have to keep your routine. For the most part, even on days off, you should be keeping on your routine. It’s going to really help you stay on track. I might stay up a little later on my weekends but I don’t stay up much later and I still try to do all the same things. So the following times are a little approximate but I try to stay on it.
Before I get ready for bed, I make sure that my things are set out and ready for the next day. Nothing is worse than getting up in the morning and not knowing what to wear. I also find that I end up going to bed thinking about what I’m going to wear tomorrow. It stresses me out and just adds onto the reasons why I can’t sleep. So I take a few minutes to make sure that I have my bag packed and my clothes set out for the morning.
I love having a cup of something warm before I go to sleep. I love, love, love a cup of tea. It totally soothes my soul. I love a really good sleepy time, night time type of tea but I also really love having a decaf black tea. A black tea is sort of a comfort drink for me so I like to have a decaf one in the house so I can have it before bed. It just warms my spirit. So I almost always make at least a small cup of tea.
Usually around this time, I’ll just kind of wind down. I’ll sip my tea, watch a TV show, and run through my skincare. On the most simple of days, I wash my face, then put on a lotion and an eye cream. If I have the time or the energy, I might do a mask or something more intense but I don’t do that every night.
Once my tea is done, I make my way into the bathroom. I have started taking magnesium and it’s been really good for me. One of the biggest things I’ve noticed with it is that it helps me calm down. I take this magnesium powder from Natural Calm. I mix it in with a bit of water and drink it every night. It tastes good and it helps settle me down. Then I brush my teeth and my hair and head back to my bedroom.
By now, I’m usually getting pretty tired and I’m ready for bed. I change into my pyjamas, put some lotion on, and crawl into bed. I usually take a few minutes to just try and settle down. I read or I browse through my phone, just something kind of brainless so that I’m not thinking about anything. Sometimes I might do some journalling. I’m working on getting better at this time of night. I want to try to keep up with a gratitude journal, writing down the things that happened through out the day that I’m grateful for.
I try to have lights off and going to sleep by around 9:00pm, 9:30pm at the latest. It takes me a while to fall asleep so if I’m in bed by 9:00pm, I will fall asleep around 10:00pm. I’ve had to accept the fact that it takes me a long time to fall asleep no matter what so I need to get into bed at a decent time to make sure that I fall asleep at a decent time.
One thing that has really helped me get to sleep in the Calm app. It’s full of guided meditations that are good for a million different situations but my favourite is the Deep Sleep guided meditation. I can’t sleep without it. They walk you through deep breathing then it ends with a body scan, where they walk you through focusing on how each body part feels. It really, really helps me sleep. I would be so lost without this app.
On a good night, I am usually fast asleep by 10:00pm. If I’m having a hard time getting to sleep, I’ll take some melatonin or have a Dream Water (which is basically a melatonin but it also has GABA and 5-HTP, which help calm anxiety).
I have found that sticking to this routine has really helped me get a decent sleep. What do you do before you go to bed? What are some things that you can’t sleep without? Let me know 🙂