It’s hard to have a good morning if you went to sleep already behind. Having a good nighttime routine can greatly improve your mornings and help set the day up for success.
I’m more of a night person than a morning person so the more I can get done the night before the better. Even if you are a morning person it can help the morning go more smoothly.
Everyone’s nighttime routine will look a bit different but there are a few things you want to consider when making your nighttime routine.
- When do you need to go to bed? Ideally you want to get 7-8+ hours of sleep, so count back from when you want to get up. Remember to account for time falling asleep, if like me you take awhile. And if you aren’t waking up rested add 15 minutes each night until you do feel rested in the morning. Some people need more sleep than others.
- Go to bed with a clean kitchen. This is the thing I’m working on the most. I hate waking up to a dirty kitchen so getting my kitchen organized and easier to keep clean is high on my list. It’s a very small kitchen so the smallest mess seems huge.
- Write your to-do list. Be sure to go over your calendar and write your to-do list before bed. This can help get things off of your mind and help you sleep.
- If you work away from home or have kids that are going to school, set out clothes the night before. You don’t want to be searching for socks when you need to be getting out the door.
- Have your breakfast planned and prepped if possible.
- Do something that helps you relax.
If you have a good nighttime routine you can wake up feeling like you are a step ahead for the day, instead of several steps behind. I’m still working on the perfect nighttime routine but this is my current routine.
My Nighttime Routine
- Clean up the kitchen and start the dishwasher.
- Walk through the house and do a quick pickup.
- Get ready for bed.
- Have a cup of tea and read. Sometimes I also take a bubble bath.
- Set up diffuser with a sleep essential oil blend and spray pillow with lavender linen spray.
- Go to sleep.
I’m trying to be done with my phone and other electronics by the time I drink my tea and read. I have a bad habit of looking at my phone for a very long time in bed. It’s easy to say you are just going to get on for a minute and end up sucked in for an hour or more.
If you need help setting up a good nighttime routine, check out Make Over Your Evenings. It’s a wonderful 14-day eCourse that will walk you through all the things you need to do to have a really good evening routine. I highly recommend the course!
Also be sure to read my posts on morning routines-