The Importance of a Nightly Routine
Do you wake up in the morning feeling tired? What we do the night before can greatly impact the day we have. Getting enough sleep is just as important to our overall health as having a well-balanced diet or getting enough exercise. Trying to have a consistent time you fall asleep and a routine that helps you fall asleep quicker will have many benefits on your health.
What to include in a nighttime routine
Creating a routine builds structure in your life and helps reduce stress. A nightly routine helps the brain recognize when it is time to go to sleep and could help give you a better night’s sleep.
If possible, start your routine about an hour to thirty minutes before going to bed. It is helpful to have a scheduled bedtime every night for consistency.
Do an evening skincare routine
Take off your makeup, wash your face, and moisturize! Your body begins to rebuild and replenish while you sleep, so having a nightly skincare routine is important. You will also get time to pamper yourself! Maybe try a sleep mask or gel eye patches, something that you wouldn’t normally do for your daytime skincare routine.
Don’t look at screens
The struggle to scroll through social media or watch your favorite show while in bed is all too real. But, maybe scrolling through social media isn’t the best idea for your mental health right before bed as it can disrupt your sleep schedule. All electronic devices emit strong blue light, which tricks your brain into thinking it is daytime. Your brain then suppresses the melatonin production and tries to stay awake. Do your best to put your phone down and turn off the TV about 1 hour before bedtime.
Drink a glass of water or herbal tea before bed
Staying hydrated while you sleep can help with digestion and rid unwanted toxins. Caffeine-free herbal teas with chamomile or lavender are an amazing way to calm your mind to induce sleep. Give your tea a health boost by adding a scoop of Marine Collagen to see strong nails, shiny hair, hydrated skin and healthy joints.
Just make sure that drinking any beverage before bed does not interfere with your sleep. If you find yourself waking up in the night to use the restroom, try drinking your nighttime beverage earlier.
Don’t workout right before bed
Unless you’re doing some light yoga, try not being too active before bed. Intense exercise right before bedtime raises your body temperature and heart rate which makes it harder to fall asleep and could reduce how much sleep you get. Instead of lifting weights or doing cardio, try light yoga, stretches, or meditation.
Do something that makes you relax
If you’re stressing about your to-do list or working until your head hits the pillow, it’s time to start doing something that makes you relax. Relaxing before bed helps calm your mind and prepare your body for sleeping. Try to read a book, put together a puzzle, or take a bath before you get into bed. Meditation also has great benefits for calming your mind before going to sleep.
Sleep has many benefits for our overall health, but perfection is never attainable. The goal is consistency, not perfection. Head over to our Instagram and let us know your nighttime routine!