Morning routines are a much loved and pivotal way to begin your day on the right foot. Night time routines on the other hand always seem just too difficult to implement. Generally after a long day at work and the general tasks that come with being a responsible adult leave us mind numbingly exhausted and flopping on the couch before crawling into bed. The only thing more mentally draining then ending one day, is knowing that you have to do it all again tomorrow. Well it’s time to stop the cycle, take control, and get a good restful evening with a night routine.
Its hard we know, so we gathered the most important steps of a night routine in this cheat sheet to make your night easier, and your sleep deeper.
SKIP THE SECOND SERVING
Eating too much in the evening can leave you bloated and give you heartburn; our bodies just don’t digest food as efficiently during the night. A study with over 900 individuals showed that those who ate lighter dinners had a significantly more restful night’s sleep than those who ate heartier meals. Be wary of overly sweet desserts these can give you a sugar rush when you least want it. Try a healthier after dinner treat or opt for a smaller portion to avoid a burst of energy when you are trying to wind down.
TIDY ENVIRONMENT FOR A TIDY MIND
The last thing you want to do after a long day is tidy up after yourself, especially after a chaotic slept-through-the-alarm kind of morning. However, surrounding yourself with clutter and visual stress does not promote a calm, stress free mindset. Take just 10 minutes to run around the house and put away clothes, wash used mugs and de-clutter. Make your space serene and restful by lighting a candle, turning the volume down and settle in to your peaceful haven.
LEAVE YOUR WORKDAY BEHIND
Technology has made it easier, and often times the norm to be a workaholic. It can be difficult to know when to stop but as a rule of thumb, it can wait. You’d be surprised how little effect it has if you don’t open an email, don’t make that last phone call, and don’t start that presentation late at night. Your time away from work is for you to rest, recharge, and make memories with loved ones. Be sure to make it your goal to put work down and instead make time for more important things. 9am is just a few hours away and you will perform better if you rest.