Have you heard of morning routines? I have been hearing about them non-stop! A morning routine can help set you up for a really fantastic, productive day. I tried and tried to implement one, but couldn’t get it to stick. Why? Because first, I needed a nighttime routine.
I was having difficulty getting my butt out of bed at a regular – and appropriate – time each morning because I wasn’t getting enough, quality sleep. I have always been a bad sleeper for many reasons, but those don’t matter. All that matters is the method I used to overcome all of them to finally be able to get the sleep I needed to be a functional human being!
How I did it:
- Wrote a list of things I wanted to do each night (brush teeth, wash face, lay out clothes for next day, read, cuddle with my hubby, etc)
- Decided what time I need to wake up in the morning
- Counted backward from waking time the number of hours of sleep I want, getting my lights-out time (7-9 hours of sleep are recommended)
- Counted backward from lights-out how long it will take to complete my list of tasks, giving me my get-ready-for-bed time (e.g. floss and brush teeth = 5 minutes, read = 30 minutes)
How I implemented it:
- Set an alarm on my phone for get-ready-for-bed time and mentally prepare myself all evening so I wouldn’t miss it
- Altered my typical nighttime routine so that I wasn’t just adding to it. This way it didn’t feel like more work I had to do/get stressed about/fight against doing, rather it was new and exciting. (I took my contacts out before brushing my teeth- super exciting stuff!)
- Set an annoying amount of alarms for my new wake-up time
- Kept it up because I noticed a few huge changes in only three days
Benefits I noticed within a few days:
- My body was actually on board with my new sleep schedule (not fighting me!), feeling sleepy at the right time and waking up automatically at the right time
- Less cranky in the mornings
- Happier all day
- Fewer mood swings
- More productive all day long
- Items checked off my to-do list much faster
- Healthier (kicked a cold in record time)
- Less stressed out
- More regular and easier bowel movements
- More time for extra things that made me even happier
- Better quality sleep – less crazy dreams
- And more!
Sleep is so important in many aspects of your physical and mental health. Sleep reduces stress, boosts your immune system, and improves memory and learning, just to name a few. Try making a small change to your nighttime routine or start a completely new routine. Anything you can do will help you in overcoming your sleep and other health issues. Comment below with your sleep (or lack thereof) struggles and how you are working to change them!