Everyone wants better sleep, right? Today, I’m sharing 3 things I do every night for a night of better sleep. These are simple things that you can add your evening routine TONIGHT!
3 Things To Do Tonight For Better Sleep
I don’t know about you, but getting better sleep just makes everything in life better. Since I’ve been working on healing from adrenal fatigue, I’ve really been trying to prioritize my evening routine for better sleep. Ya’ll, having no obligations in the evenings the past couple weeks has been AMAZING! On Monday, I walked to the library to get 1 book and ended up with 3. Then I sat outside to read said book. It might not seem like a big deal, but that was HUGE. And it was glorious!
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Being able to savor my evenings (and mornings) and take things slow has been such a game changer. It’s also helped reduce so much stress. I’m still trying to work out my morning routine, which I’ll share next week. But these are 3 of my go-to tips to upgrade your evening routine for better sleep.
Get orange glasses.
My friend Jessi told me about these glasses over a year ago. She is an accountant, so she uses them during work sometimes, to relieve headaches. The more I researched, the more I decided that these glasses would be a worthwhile investment. I used them quite a bit when I first purchased – a new shiny toy, of course – but then lost interest. It wasn’t until the past month that I’ve seriously seen the benefit of these glasses.
The blue light that is emitted from our phones and laptops can suppress melatonin production and throw off our circadian rhythms at night. A simple and inexpensive fix is to sport a pair of orange glasses, which block the blue light. I have these babies (<–affiliate) and I love them.
I put on my specs between 8 – 8:30pm every night. I tend to go to sleep around 10-ish, most nights. Lately, I’ve been trying to not use my phone or laptop after 9pm, but on the nights that I need to work later, these glasses make all the difference. And when I am not on my laptop and I’m wearing these glasses, it’s much easier to fall asleep…like before 10pm (i’m so old).
This might be one of my most recommended tips. I’m hoping The Hubs will try them out soon. I don’t know how he sleeps. He plays video games in the dark until at least 12 pm every night, and sometimes will watch a show on his phone, in the dark, in bed, before going to sleep! Crazy man!
HOW-TO: Head to Amazon and treat yo’self to a pair of incredibly unattractive orange glasses. It will be well worth the $11.
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Get ready for the next day.
Anyone else normally wake up and take at least 5 minutes to decide on an outfit…then decide you want to wear something else, which means another 5 minutes picking out an outfit. It takes up too much time, IMO. Getting ready the night before is pretty much a non-negotiable lately. I enjoy a slow, savory morning, so I get everything ready for the next day, the night before. This means getting my lunch ready, breakfast ready (if applicable…did I just type, if applicable in a blog post?! Oy), lay out my outfit, get my work bag ready and anything else that will help me have a less rushed morning. By getting everything ready the night before, it takes away the need to get up a little earlier to get everything ready, in turn, letting me sleep in a smidgen longer.
HOW TO: I don’t always like too, but pick out your outfit the night before. Check the weather and plan accordingly. Decide what you want to eat for lunch the next day. Do you need to prep? Maybe you are taking leftovers and don’t need to make anything special. Do you need to pre-fill a water bottle to take to work? What about breakfast? Any prep that can be done the night before? Are you working out in the morning? Are your workout clothes ready? Depending on the prep time for lunch or breakfast, this whole process should only take about 10 – 15 minutes of your time.
Drink something warm.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve come to enjoy a warm cup of Natural Calm with a tablespoon or so of gelatin. The Natural Calm just helps relax me; it’s so soothing. Since I’m out right now, I’ve been enjoying some peppermint or chamomile tea, with gelatin. The grass fed gelatin is great for so many things, including gut health, so if I tend to have it at least once a day, if not twice. Having a warm cup of tea or lemon water even, just helps relax the body and get you warm and cuddly for bed.
HOW TO: Grab some natural calm or a cup of tea. Enjoy in bed over a good book. I’m currently reading Pretty Happy and loving it!
Now, this is still a work in progress. We have a giant TV in our room that isn’t going to be leaving anytime soon, as per The Husband. We usually watch at least 1 TV show before I turn out the lights – while wearing my orange glasses, of course. I don’t always turn off my devices an hour before bed.
There are tons of things that can be done for a better night sleep. I think it’s all about finding what works for you. I’m hoping to include a little stretch sesh in the next couple nights. I certainly need it after sitting down most of the day.
Be on the lookout for my morning routine in the next couple weeks and a special post on the number one thing I recommend to all my clients.
So, tell me:
What do you do for better sleep?
What does your evening routine look like?
Do you like a routine? Or do you just go with the flow?