I always love reading articles about routines, perhaps, mainly because part of my personality wants to always know what is ahead of me and plan things better. And to be able to achieve this, routines are essential so those auto-pilot stuff we do are done timely, thus, makes us use our day wisely.
What I notice though is that there’s largely a lot of morning routine’s written out there compared to night or sleep routines. Why? I’m not sure. One things for sure though, there’s the same number of mornings and nights in a day, guaranteed we wake up tomorrow. If not, then we’ll have more nights.
While I never knew that I have this kind of “talent” before getting married, I soon knew about it when my hubby would at times comment on how great it is to have the same talent as I have to be able to sleep so well easily. He for sure is a shallow sleeper and on nights that he’s able to have a decent deep sleep, he surely wakes up more energetic and grateful, hoping to have that again the following night.
I on the other side, can say that I’m one of the blessed ones who’s sleep is almost as routinely as I breathe. What do I mean? I easily fall asleep whenever my body knows its sleeping time and wake up when its time to wake-up. Easy-peasy.
This continued even during when I was pregnant with my daughters (twice), which never bothered my sleeping habits. This may also be the reason why we didn’t have much sleep problems like most parents with newborns.
Our “then” babies would sleep normally, around 7-8pm and wake up around 6-7am, of course, asking for milk and needs to have their nappy changed every 3-4 hrs during the night, but that’s it. With a great diaper brand and formula milk and feeding bottle ready to be mixed, me and my hubby could do with only one eye opened and good to go to sleep again.
I’m not here to boast about my sleeping “talent” haha…I’m here to share some sleeping tips that I have unconsciously been doing throughout my life that may have been contributing to my sound sleep all this time. Want to have better sleep? Then read along…
SET THE MOOD: USAGE OF TV AND HANDPHONE
I know that in this modern day, TV’s are predominantly placed in front of the bed. Not that we don’t have a TV in our living room/ TV room. Let’s just say, it’s been the thing nowadays. We also do have one, so believe me, you don’t need to throw that TV away or place it somewhere else to have a sound sleep.
What you do need to do though is resist using it. By limiting your use of TV about 1 hour before your intended sleep, you lessen the exposure of artificial light which stimulates your brain to be alert.
Aside from the TV, another major culprit not only disrupting sleep but also our usage of time is something that’s always on our hand, our handphone. Who’s guilty, raise your feet!!!haha…That would be me too!
This has been my constant battle nowadays. The addiction to scrolling in social media has been predominantly messing up our lives without us even noticing, which is depressing. One tip I could give you though to kinda trick your brain into not using your phone is to charge your phone during the night.
By charging your phone away from your nightstand, you’ll then have a reason not to use it.
STRETCH: BODY MOVEMENT
Quite confused why do you need to exercise before going to sleep? Contrary to what most thought they know, stretching only done when you wake up. It isn’t also a workout but only a pre- or post- workout routine. This is done to prepare your body and in this case, prepare your body to sleep.
Benefits of stretching includes reducing body pain and stress while improving muscle health and blood circulation. One thing that may shock you is that it also promotes weight loss. Who would have thought, right?!
MINDFULNESS: EATING AND SKINCARE ROUTINE
Not sure if you know, but our body never stops working even during our sleep. Aside from our brain making sure that our heart continues to pump blood and our lungs help us breath, our stomach also continues its grind. Our muscles help digest and metabolise the food we just ate delaying its time to rest. This prevents a restful deep sleep.
By mindfully having your last meal 2-3 hours before bedtime, you give enough time for your body to do its thing and be able to rest as you rest as well.
As for your skincare routine, taking a warm/hot bath before bedtime promotes your body to lower its temperature helping you sleep more quickly. And if you live in a hot and humid place like me here in Singapore, you sure would want to remove all those gunk and sweat that have accumulated on your face and body throughout the day.
And last but not the least…
GRATITUDE: PRAYER AND REFLECTION
If there’s one thing you want to do before sleeping, that should be to think of the great things that happened to your day. Of course, our days won’t always be perfect all throughout but for sure, there’s some part of your day that went well. Focus on that!
Really had a rough day? Then focus on the thought that you woke-up that morning! That’s a big thing that most of us tend to forget. My point is that there’s always something to be grateful for at the end of the day. It is for us to highlight that at the end of the day.
Having someone we believe that is greater than us all, someone who looks over us for me is very important. Our spirituality makes us humble. It reminds us that whatever is happening to us, there’s someone more in control and that we can also raise everything to Him when we feel that we can’t do anything more than what we are already doing. This helps give us peace not only in our minds but also our soul.
And when we do that, you tend to forget all those stress and problems you carry. You’re left with a tired body ready to enjoy the relaxation that the night brings and prepare for another action packed day.
And that’s it! This is what I have been doing unconsciously and perhaps, have helped me have a sound sleep every night. I hope to try to adapt to your sleep routine some of these, if not, all of them. I’d love to hear from you how your experience have been after following them.
Are you working on improving your lifestyle? Start with yourself, Self-Care! You’ll be surprised on how much significance Self-Care could do to your daily life. By simply taking care of yourself, all those things that brings you stress now would be lessened or even disappear. With this, you get to have more focus on letting yourself shine and focus on your purpose.
As usual, this is easier than done. Not to worry though, it’s through baby-steps that we start our momentum. Start with some Easy Ways Self-Care and start the process of changing your life.
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This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla.