Sleep has always been something I suck at. As a writer, I find most of my creativity comes at night. I don’t start writing until at 10 and then when I’m on a roll, the next thing I know it’s 3am and I have to be up in less than 5 hours. Switching my schedule from night owl to early bird has been something I work hard at. These are 6 things I’ve found to really help get in a nighttime routine and calm me down so I can actually get some sleep and wake up feeling rested.
Since I don’t have a bathtub, I was ecstatic that I found these shower bombs at my favorite bath and body shop in Florida! I purchased a couple lavender ones specifically for night time showers. As it lays under the running water, it releases a soothing scent that helps me relax. A few deep breaths and I am ready for bed.
I try to exfoliate a couple times a week. It leaves my skin super soft and I feel like I have a natural glow that lasts me through the following day. This is one of my favorite scrubs, but truthfully you can make your own with just a few simple ingredients at home. Search it on Pinterest and I’m sure you’ll find a ton.
Honey Face Mask
About once a week I like to go all natural … with my face mask that is. Right before I’m ready to brush my teeth, I’ll wash the remnants of the day off my face and add a little life back into it with honey. I spread it across my face and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes. Don’t put too much on or you’ll turn into Mrs. Doubtfire. When I use it consistently I find that my face holds its moisture longer and doesn’t dry out as quickly. It also have natural antibacterial functions to help with acne.
Warm Cup of Tea
I love the feeling of holding a warm mug between my hands and drinking a hot cup of something. To be honest, I don’t think tea helps put me to sleep, I think it’s more of the experience of lounging on the couch in my pjs sipping a warm cup that calms me down at night. Also, because it is hot, it keeps me sitting there rather than getting up and down to do laundry, grab a snack or distract myself with other chores.
Read a Book
I’ve always heard that an hour before bed you should turn off all electronics. There’s too much stimulation of the brain with the movement and colors and screen and all of that. Reading is a great alternative for me. It’s great studying as I work on my novels to see how other people write and what really draws me into the story. Getting immersed in a whole different world is the perfect way for me to release tension and forget about anything around me as the day comes to an end.
This has become my absolute favorite thing to do every night as I fall asleep. I use CALM right now. You can use the limited version for free if you don’t mind repeated stories, or pay a monthly fee for more options. Very very rarely do I start a story I don’t fall asleep in the middle of. It helps my mind not to wander and I sleep better on the nights I listen. If you are one of those people who’s mind cannot shut off at night, I highly recommend trying it! – P.S. I am not getting paid for this, personally it has really improved my sleep and anxiety over the last year and I love to share anything I believe can benefit others.