What is Your Bedtime Routine?

What is Your Bedtime Routine?

Back in April, I wrote a blog post in which I shared my bedtime routine. Since I struggle with anxiety and had a high stress job at the time, I really needed a routine to help establish a sense of normality. Preparing my lunches and picking out my outfit the night before also helped me go to bed with a greater sense of peace, because I knew things would be ready in the morning.

I must confess, I haven’t been great about keeping up with that routine, especially since I moved, changed jobs, and went back to school. It’s been hard finding my new normal. Life is much less structured, and sometimes a bit unpredictable.

In many ways, that’s great! I’ve had more time for me, for blogging, for dreaming, and I’ve been able to catch up on sleep! But sometimes I really miss the routine.

Anyway, I’m participating in a 7-day blogging challenge today, from www.problogger.net. It has been awesome! Today is day 6, and our challenge today was to create a piece of content that is a “discussion starter.” We’re supposed to ask a question of our audience.

So my question to you is this:

What is your bedtime routine?

Please leave a comment below and let me know what you do for your bedtime routine (or what you wish you did!) I’d love tips and fresh ideas, and I’m sure we can all learn from one another!

If you don’t have a bedtime routine, feel free to take a look at my post on what I do (or used to do, lol!) each night. It might get your juices flowin’!

16 thoughts on “What is Your Bedtime Routine?

  1. Hey Michelle, cool idea!

    Here’s what I do:
    (I usually start about 1 hour before I want to sleep)

    1) put on my blue-blocking glasses

    2) write down 5 things I’m grateful for

    3) write down 5 things I did well

    4) write down one thing I could improve for the next day

    5) plan my next day

    6) make a cup of tea and put in 10-20g of collagen protein

    7) take my nighttime supplements

    8) read in bed until I’m tired and fall asleep

    I used to have trouble falling asleep for a long time, but that usually does the trick for me 🙂

    1. Wow, I hadn’t heard of blue-blocking glasses before. I just looked them up. Sounds pretty cool! Do they work well for you?

      I love how many people are sharing that they journal before bed, things they’re grateful for, things they’d do differently, thoughts for the next day, etc. I love that!

      Thanks for commenting!

      1. Yep, the glasses make a big difference. I fall asleep faster and feel like I wake up with more energy in the morning. Give it a try 🙂

  2. My bedtime routine is pretty simple. It isn’t very intentional, but I find it’s about the same each night. First of all, I wait until everyone else is in bed for the night! Then I have time for myself to think, plan, and generally relax around the house, enjoying the time of relative solitude. Finally, it’s time to lock up the house and turn off the lights. After the typical hygiene routine and setting the alarm, I read (usually a novel) and then I’m ready for dreamland.

  3. I try to make my evenings as low key as possible due to the amount of stress that I have at work. After doing dinner and clean up, I spend the rest of the evening by doing any of these activities : reading, watching TV, crocheting, or working sudoku puzzles. If it’s nice evening , I may take a walk or sit outside. Showers are an evening event for me. So is stretching. That way I get the “kinks” out before bedtime. To fall asleep, I say my prayers once my head hits the pillow. I follow my prayers with deep breathing and focusing exercises to completely relax to fall asleep.

  4. Hi Michelle, my bedtime routine starts about 2 hours before I go to bed. I stop looking at my phone, tablet and TV screens, so quit all screentime.

    Then I shower, write in my journal about my top three wins for the day and what I’m grateful for. I’ll also take a look at the next day to see where I’m at and if I need to move anything around. And I’ll look at the rest of the week ahead too.

    The last thing I do is read for about 30 minutes. This is a physical book, because no screentime allowed!

    I find when I consistently do this, I sleep better and I wake up feeling prepared for the day ahead.

    1. Hi Lise! I love that! I actually have a post on the benefits of showering at night time. It’s here: http://hopemire.com/sleep-better-p3/. you should take a look. Sounds like you’re on the right track there!

      I LOVE your idea about journaling your top three wins for the day! That’s such a great way to bring a sense of completion and satisfaction at the close of your day. And it helps practice gratitude. I think I might definitely start incorporating that!

      Thanks for your comment!

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