After a long day of classes and work our bodies need to settle down. With the recent time change, busy schedules, and responsibilities it can be hard to find your off switch.
Maintaining a bedtime routine can be very beneficial to your sleeping habits beginning with setting a bedtime. Get your comfy pajamas on and let these tips help you create your own nighttime routine.
“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” -Thomas Dekker
//Str e e e e tch
Stretching before bed will calm your mind and relieve your body of tension built up throughout the day. Get control of your breathing as well with long inhales with your nose and long exhales through your mouth – like the breathing they tell you to practice during yoga. Pinterest has many posts on stretches and yoga you can do from the comfort of your bed.
A nice warm bath and a glass of wine is all you need sometimes to relax your body. Sinking into the warm water will help you wash away the day and put you on the way to Dream Town. Adding a Lush bath bomb and some candles would just be the icing on the cake.
When I was younger my grandmother would make a glass of warm milk for me when I couldn’t sleep. Fifteen years later it never fails I still seek that same bedtime remedy. A new spin on an old favorite is a recipe like this – adding vanilla and cinnamon creating the perfect soothing beverage.
Lavender is known to enhance you “slow-wave sleep” which slows down your heartbeat and allows muscles to relax. Putting a few drops of lavender essential oil on a tissue and sticking it under your pillow works well and isn’t overwhelming. Also try adding a few drops to your feet or wrists. I got my lavender essential oil from Whole Foods.
// Read + Write
Let your mind rest, you’ve had a long day. Open up a book – try to go for short stories or magazines with articles that have a stopping point, or you might be up all night! I’ve also heard of some people listening to podcasts while they fall asleep. I’ve never tried that but it definitely seems relaxing and could probably lead to some interesting dreams.
Write down your goals, what inspires you, or what kind of sandwich you had for lunch. Journaling is a great outlet to relieve your stresses and reflect on your life. It’s a great habit to get into and it keeps your creative juices flowing! I love it when I fill up another journal because I’m a sucker for cute notebooks and will use any excuse I can to justify buying a new one!