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Why You Need A Pre-sleep OR Bedtime Routine

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When we talk about health and fitness sleep is often the last thing on our mind. When you are younger sleep feels like a waste of time and as you inch towards your 30s sleep becomes a much valued commodity. And once adult life takes over most of us struggle to doze off. 

Having a pre-sleep or bedtime routine can help you fall asleep more easily and improve the quality of your sleep over time. Today I am sharing what features in a pre-sleep routine.

Your routine should include:

  1. A time to unplug: Choose a time to stop using and put away all electronics at least 30 minutes before bed.
  2. A time of preparation for the following day: While it may seem counterintuitive, if you get in the habit of preparing for the following day the night before, you can save time each day. Something as simple as picking out your clothing or packing your lunch can go a long way.
  3. A relaxing activity: Depending on your likes and interests, choose a relaxing activity. If you have a bit more time in the evenings, perhaps you want to spend 20 minutes stretching or take a warm bath. If your evenings are a bit more hectic, perhaps you want to sit and breathe deeply for a few minutes, engaging in mindfulness practice.
  4. A bedtime: Aim to go to bed at the same time each day (even on the weekends). This can help get your body in a good groove.

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Your routine should be:

  1. Simple: Your routine doesn’t have to be elaborate, it just has to provide you with some structure and help you prepare yourself for bed.
  2. Realistic: If you go to bed at midnight every night, creating an 8pm bedtime is probably not realistic. The more doable your routine is, the more likely you are to do it and stick to it.
  3. Sustainable: It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but it does have to be something you can stick to long-term.
Putting it all together, your routine could look like this:
  • 9:30pm: Put away all electronics.
  • 9:35pm: Pick out your clothing for the next day.
  • 9:40pm: Do your PM skincare routine.
  • 10:00pm: Tuck yourself in bed and prepare for a restful night’s sleep.
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  1. Sleeping well and having a routine, as well as sleep hygiene, is truly a panacea for health but also for energy throughout the day.

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  2. This is extremely helpful! I have some bad habits such as watch Netflix in bed until I fall asleep. I proved to myself that I sleep much better and have no nightmares the days I don't watch tv, so I definitely need to stop doing it!

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  3. I absolutely love my nighttime routine and truthfully, if I don't follow it now, I have a really tough time sleeping, so I stick with it - even if I'm away from home. It helps me relax and rest well!

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  4. I could definitely stand to be better about this. So many great tips! xoxo, Sarah

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  5. I am more energetic in the morning vs. in the evening. I can't wait to go back to my gym.

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  6. These are good tips! I could definitely use them as I have trouble sleeping.


    Lizzie
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  7. Sleep is so important and yes it's helpful to have a bedtime routine :)

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  8. I never thought about having a bedtime routine for myself. We tend to have a crazy day and stumble upstairs to watch some TV before bed!

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  9. I couldn't agree more with you on this post! Bedtime routines are important for kids, so why should they not be important for adults?!

    xoxo,
    Kim

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  10. I am just like you and need my bedtime routine to wind-down so I enjoy a much better sleep. I love listening to my favourite tunes and reading a good book before I go to bed

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  11. This is so important to help wind down and relax for the evening. I love these tips on building a routine. Even though I already have one, I love your criteria for what to add to a routine like this!

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  12. getting a good night sleep (im just now realizing in life) makes such a difference.

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  13. You are definitely right about bed time routine,it does helps a lot for everyone to have self care schedule!

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  14. Such great ideas! Sleep is so important and having a routine definitely helps.

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  15. Yes! My therapist also said you need a routine to wind down. It really helps to get a good night sleep!

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  16. Yes! My therapist also said it is so important to have a routine to wind down. It really helps to have a good night sleep!

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  17. I really love a little unwinding before sleep, and I find I get better sleep when I turn the devices off ahead of time!

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  18. These are great tips. I need to wind down before I will be able to sleep.

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  19. These are very important in a bedtime routine. I just recently started one and some of these steps need to immediately be added to it! Thanks for posting.

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  20. These are great tips! I really need to get a better bedtime routine I haven’t been getting good sleep lately and I think it’s because I’m just doing a bunch of random stuff before bed

    Xo, steph

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  21. I do a warm shower and a book before bed and I'm out like a light! TV throws me off into weird dreams and I hate it.

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  22. I have to clean my kitchen before I go to bed. I hate waking up to an unclean kitchen. It would probably give me anxiety while I slept. But I do need to get better at unplugging 30 minutes before bed. I don't even like the internet anymore, so I'm not even sure why I'm on it, lol.

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  23. Great tips!
    I believe and follow the same.

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