A good nighttime routine helps set you up for success the next day. Building one isn’t hard and these tips will help.
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 the time falling asleep, if like me you take a while. 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. Right now I’m doing the A Bowl Full of Lemons home organization challenge from her book, you can also get free printables on her website.
- 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.
- Get your clothes ready for the next day. 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. I’m not much of a breakfast eater so this isn’t a big one for me but if you are needing to get out the door early this can be extremely helpful.
- Do something that helps you relax. This is a good way to help you sleep better and self-care is always very important.
- Take it slowly. One thing to try is to just add 2-3 things to your routine at a time and let them become habits. You can keep track of this free printable habit tracker. It’s easy to want to do all the things at once but working slowly is more likely to last.
Taking the Make Over Your Evenings course is what helped me create my nighttime routine. There is so much great information in the 14-day course.
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.
- Let the dog out.
- Get ready for bed.
- Read or play games on my phone in bed.
- Set up a diffuser with a sleep essential oil blend and spray pillow with a lavender linen spray.
- Go to sleep.
Want to include self-care into your nighttime routine? Check out my self-care nighttime routine.