I am a night owl. Always have been, always will be. I’m most productive between the hours of 6 and 9PM and could usually continue much later if I didn’t have to be back in the office at 9AM the next day. No matter how tired I am, I swear I get a second wind at around 5:30, especially if I’m at the office. But being a night owl is prettyyy unproductive when you’ve got a 9-5 job, so I’ve been trying to be better about sticking to a night time routine so that I can fall asleep on time and get a significant amount of sleep each night. While I used to be able to thrive on 6 hours of sleep every night, I usually try to get around 7.5 these days to fully feel my best.
This routine also makes a big difference in my ability to fall asleep, which is something I’ve struggled with always. I will never be the kind of person who can just shut their computer and fall asleep in minutes – so this will have to do.
Here’s the important parts of my night time routine:
1 – Have a night time routine and stick to it. Set an alarm if you have to.
One of the biggest pieces of the night time routine is going to bed and getting up about the same time every day, even weekends if you can! While my weekend routine is more relaxed and later, I try not to deviate from things too much. Luckily I found an 8:30AM class at the gym Saturday mornings and am a grandma Friday night so it’s not a big issue.
I also use the “Bedtime” section of the Clock app on my iPhone to have the phone vibrate about an hour before I want to be in bed. It reminds me to finish up what I’m doing and start my routine. Bonus: I love the alarm part of this app! The alarm sound “First Light” is not super jarring in the morning and has become my favorite.
2 – Make your bed every morning.
Okay so technically this is part of your morning routine, but it really makes a difference when I get into bed later that night. Having a made bed tells your body you’re getting into bed, when you go under the covers, rather than just bellyflopping into a mess of sheets and comforters every night.
Also your room will thank you! Promise it’ll look super cute.
3 – Put your tech across the room or in another room.
This has changed the sleeping game for me. I used to be in a rut of Instagram/Twitter/Facebook scrolling for hours before bed every night and it was extremely unproductive. Now, once I plug my phone in across the room, I keep off of it. I don’t even keep a plug near my bed anymore, so I’m not tempted to put it on my nightstand, even for a night. (Bonus: I do a lot less drunk texting lol)
If you do this (which you should!) turn off notifications so you don’t get text messages luring you out of bed, and have a pen and notepad nearby to write down the things that pop into your head so you don’t forget them in the morning. For me, I usually wake up to a list of things I wanted to Google late the night before lol.
Double bonus: your morning starts on time because you have to get out of bed to turn off your alarm!
4 – Create a relaxing environment.
This could mean many different things for different people, but for me, I put on my oil diffuser (my favorite relaxing scents are here and here) and get into cozy pajamas. Sometimes I’ll heat up a cup of peppermint tea or just drink plain hot water.
5 – Moisturize, and other beauty things.
I’ve recently gotten into more of a nighttime beauty routine (more on that later) but I try to take a few minutes every night to really take off my makeup, cleanse, and MOISTURIZE. Especially in these winter months, moisturizing is key. ALSO — DON’T FORGET TO FLOSS!
6 – Take melatonin, or another sleep aid if you need it.
Most days I try not to take a sleep aid, but when those Sunday scaries roll around each week, I usually do. My favorite sleep aid is actually this sleep spray from Arbonne, but I know many other people use regular melatonin, too.
7 – Read until you’re sleepy.
Once I’m all ready, I turn off most of my lights, just putting my reading lamp on next to my bed, and read until I get sleepy, or until I need to head to start at least trying to go to bed. Then it’s lights out and off to slumbertown!