If you have been following us on Facebook and reading my blog posts then you know that the quality of your sleep has an enormous impact on your health and well-being. Most people recognize the need for bedtime routines in children, but so often we forget to honor the need for these routines as adults.
A nightly routine has a huge influence on how we start the next day and has actually been shown to reduce anxiety and stress. Here’s how to create an environment that allow your mind and body to relax. Do these every night to make sure you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the new day.
Set a sleep schedule: Yes, you’re an adult and should be allowed to stay up as long as you like, but unless you are free to sleep in as late as you like, that behavior will catch up with your energy levels if it hasn’t already. Choose the same bedtime every night so your body gets into a routine.
Drink a glass or two of water: Hydrating before bed not only gives you a head start for the following morning, but also leaves your skin healthy and luminous.
Stretch. If you find it difficult to shut off the stress of the day try slowing down and unwind by stretching your muscles and soothing your mind. This is also helpful if you have trouble falling asleep; relaxing muscles boosts relaxation and helps beat insomnia.
Wash + Moisturize. We’re all guilty of going to bed (from time to time) without washing off our makeup. I can’t stress the importance of fully cleaning your face and using moisturizer before you hit the sack! While you’re asleep, a clean and hydrated face will help target specific issues like acne and dryness, so take this opportunity to treat your skin!
Turn off all electronics at least one hour before bed. This might be the hardest tip to follow. The temptation to constantly scroll through social media or respond to emails is too real, but allowing your mind to unplug is so important. In order to achieve optimal relaxation, switch off the smartphone and stop watching TV. Read a good book instead!
Make a daily list of 5 things you are thankful for. It is so important to end your day feeling optimistic, so take a couple minutes to jot down things that you are grateful for that day. By appreciating anything as small as the short line at your favorite juice bar or a promotion at work, you allow yourself to put things in perspective.