A healthy nighttime routine for optimal relaxation and rest will set you up for a night of good sleep. Here are some tips.
Our lives are often jampacked with obligations, meetings, jobs, transportation, and screen time. If we try to transition directly from this overstimulated mode into sleep, we’re setting ourselves up for restlessness. A nighttime routine for relaxation and rest can help us unwind, reflect on the day, and prepare our minds and bodies for sleep. Sleeping is one of the most fundamental and necessary parts of wellness and when we set ourselves up for 7-8 hours of sleep, we’re doing our minds and bodies a big favor.
Ultimately, your nighttime routine has to work for you, your needs, and your schedule. You’ll probably have to spend some time experimenting with different routines that help you feel calm and relaxed. Everyone is different. No matter how you unwind, it’s important to remember that these moments of self-care are vital for your health and recovery. Before recovery, we may have used drugs or alcohol to relax at the end of the day. Now that we’re developing healthy and sustainable habits, a new, positive nighttime routine is essential.
You might want to consider avoiding screens, such as your iPhone, laptop, or TV for 30 minutes to an hour before bed. This will relax your eyes and nervous system, setting you up for undisturbed rest. Additionally, taking a hot bath, lighting some candles or using essential oils, meditating, practicing slow and deep breathing, or quietly reflecting on your day are all great ways to unwind. Additionally, reading a book for a few minutes in bed has been shown to help with relaxation and decompression after a long day. No matter how you choose to set up your nightly routine, know that you’re choosing to make time for rest, repair, and reflection, thereby taking your health and recovery into your own hands. Bravo!
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