We all have our habits and routines that we do every day. We get ready in a certain order, have a particular way of cleaning, or maybe it’s a routine you do to get ready for your workday once you get to the office. One of the most important routines of your day should be your nighttime routine. When you follow a nighttime routine it helps your body know that it’s time to wind down and will help you release the stress of the day. Some benefits of a bedtime routine include:
- Less difficulty going to sleep
- Sleeping longer and deeper
- Slows the body and mind down helping relieve stress and anxiety
- Since you get a better night’s sleep you will be more focused and have a higher energy level the next day.
Talking about having a good routine is easy. Sticking to one can be tough, especially when you’re an adult and work all day, run errands, head to kids’ activities, cook dinner, clean the house, and take care of your other responsibilities. So, how can you make a good bedtime routine a reality? If you follow these steps you will be on your way to having a routine that will help you relax into a night of sweet dreams.
- Decide on a set bedtime. Yes, this can be very difficult, but it’s a natural cycle for your brain to start winding down for sleep a few hours before bedtime. A routing will help make this process more effective. You also need to have a set time you start your nighttime routine. Depending on what you’re doing to get ready for bed you can start anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours before you go to bed.
- Put down your electronics. Scrolling through Instagram might be a favorite part of your day, but you shouldn’t do it while you’re trying to go to sleep. This can actually trick your brain into thinking it’s daytime due to the blue light from your device. Try reading a book or listening to music. It doesn’t matter what genre of music you listen to, as long as it relaxes you. You can even create a bedtime playlist or use white noise and play on your device.
- Have a light snack or bedtime tea. You don’t want to eat anything too heavy as this could cause indigestion. Having something like a piece of fruit, yogurt, nuts, or oats can help as they all have a high melatonin content. Having non-caffeinated tea like chamomile can also help you calm your mind and fall asleep faster.
- Stretch, relax, and breathe. When you stretch or use breathing techniques it will help you let go of physical and mental tension and stress. A good stretch can also help prevent cramping.
Your nighttime routine sets the tone for the next day. If you follow your routine and have a mattress that helps you get a night of restful sleep you will have you waking up in the morning ready to take on the world! While we can’t help you with your bedtime routine, we can help you with a new mattress. Stop by one of our locations today and find the mattress that will complete your routine to a good night’s sleep.