Benefits Of A Calming Night Time Routine
Most of us are familiar with the concept of a morning routine. Morning routines are a good way to get a head start on the day, and can help us be our best, most productive, selves. Strangely, the idea of a night time routine is notably less popular.
There are reasons for this—after a long workday, many of us don’t want to feel constricted by a schedule. We’re often looking for the freedom of going out with friends or just relaxing in whatever way strikes us at the moment. Having a night time routine doesn’t mean eliminating your post-work fun. You can keep your routine relatively flexible while still enjoying the impressive benefits of maintaining a night time routine.
A night time routine will bring you better sleep
Sleep does amazing things for the human body, and can make a huge difference on the quality of our day. However, several aspects of modern life that we’ve unconsciously adopted into our evenings are probably keeping us from the benefits we could be getting from a full night’s sleep.
Caffeine, alcohol, and snacking before bed can all reduce the quality of your sleep. If having a Coke or a midnight snack before bed is part of your current routine, try making a change. When your system is caffeine-free and not directing resources towards digesting that late-night bowl of cereal, your body is able to relax much more thoroughly.
It’s also a good idea to put away all screens for about an hour before you go to bed. If you like watching an episode of TV before bed, or scrolling through your social media feed one more time, try getting invested in a non-screen related activity before bed instead. Spend time with a pet or loved one, or get a good old-fashioned paper book. The blue light from screens can make it hard to fall asleep, and might leave you feeling groggy in the morning.
A night routine can improve your skin
Having a nighttime skin care routine can help keep your skin healthy and young-looking. One way to keep your skin healthy overnight is to stay hydrated. Every night represents a long period of time where you aren’t replenishing your fluids, and even mild dehydration can have a negative impact on your skin. Get a good drink of water before bed to give your skin as much to work with as possible when you turn in for the night!
It’s also important to keep your sheets and pillowcases clean. Even a week is enough time to create a “botanical park” of bacteria, according to microbiologist Philip Tierno. Those bacteria can promote sickness and allergies, and the natural oils, dead skin cells, and sweat left behind on your pillow case can contribute to breakouts if you aren’t washing your sheets frequently enough. Try to wash your sheets about once a week, and your skin will thank you!
A night routine can keep you relaxed and ready for the next day
When you’re busy, it often feels as though you need to be working from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed. This mentality can make you stressed out all through the night, which really reduces your quality of sleep.
Make a conscious effort to unwind a little before you go to bed, even if it goes against your instincts. Pick a certain time when you’re officially done with work (or other stressors) for the day, and stick with it. That period of relaxation will make it easier to fall asleep, and the next morning won’t seem so intimidating when it comes.
In conclusion, a night time routine can be just as important as a morning routine! You can give yourself time to relax and set yourself up for a successful morning by following a healthy night time routine. Your body, work performance, and mental state will all thank you for it.
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