It seems like everyone in the world is invested in their morning routine these days, but what about our evenings? We spend so much time focusing on the way we start our day that we often forget the importance of the way we end it … which matters just as much!
Starting a nightly routine doesn’t have to mean making drastic changes to your life. All it takes is the addition of a few key habits to get yourself on track. Here are three of our favorites that will have you sleeping like a baby at night in no time.
There’s no better way to relax at night than by grabbing a hot cup of tea to calm you down (without caffeine, of course!). Just imagine yourself cozied up in front of the fireplace with your mug and a good book … it sounds like a scene out of a movie, but it can be your reality! Here are some of our favorite teas for the nighttime winddown:
- Lavender: aids in sleep and calming nerves
- Peppermint: a great choice for muscle relaxation.
- Lemongrass: regulates sleep
- Chamomile: helps with digestion and soothes your nerves (here’s one of our favorites!)
If you find that you’re normally wired right before bed in the evening, just thinking about all the things you have to do the next day, tea is a helpful option. You’ll be relaxed and ready for a great night of sleep in no time.
Don’t skip skincare.
What’s a serum? Why do I need to exfoliate? What is the point of hyaluronic acid? We get it … skincare can be a nightmare to try to figure out. And at the end of a long day, the only thing most of us want to do is crawl in the evening is crawl into bed and skip out on this step altogether.
But, we urge you to give skincare a chance (check out some of our favorite products, here!). You might just find that skincare is actually fun once you start to experiment with different products, so try out a few to find the right ones for your routine!
Keep bedtime consistent.
Going to sleep at 10 p.m. one evening and 2 a.m. the next might seem like a good idea at the time, but eventually this throws your sleep schedule way out of whack. You’ll definitely be feeling it in the morning when you’re trying to survive off just a few hours of shuteye.
For this reason, it’s crucial that your sleep schedule stays consistent, whether you’re ready to go to bed or not. And this goes for weekends, too! We all have those Friday nights when we feel like we could stay up until 3 a.m. having fun with family and friends, but getting into a routine requires discipline, especially when it comes to your body’s sleep habits.
This doesn’t stop with just bedtime … it’s important to wake up at the same time each morning in order to keep your routine consistent. The average adult requires between 7 and 9 hours of sleep nightly, so if you’re going to bed at 10 p.m., try getting into the habit of sleeping until around 6 a.m. It’s amazing what the right amount of rest can do to help you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the day!
The evening is your time to unwind, so don’t waste it! Instead, use it to relax, recharge, and set yourself up for success the next morning and beyond.
Looking for other ways to better your life? Read our blog post on healthy swaps for classic junk food.