Almost everyone has heard about an effective morning routine and the importance of it, but did you really know it all starts at night?
If you don't have that night routine that helps you sleep better, get ready for the next day and get rid of some stress, then you will be less likely to follow through o that all so important morning routine.
In order to have an effective morning routine, you are going to have to wake up earlier and this requires you to get better sleep so that you are able to wake up earlier without feeling super tired and unmotivated. Sure, you can wake up and force yourself to go through the motions of a morning routine, but that isn't really going to do you any good, you'll just be tired the rest of the day.
How about instead I show you how you can start to get better and deeper sleep, in the same amount of time or less and even set up your next day for success.
But first, check out some great morning routines here either before or after you read this blog, so that you can maximize each day. Click the link here to start your morning routine >>
What is Your Night Routine?
What is In Your Night Routine Right Now?
So, what is your current night routine?
Maybe it consists of something like watching TV to "get rid of the stress for the day" and then showering before bed. Or even just scrolling through social media before you head to bed, or maybe you don't have one really you just end up in bed whenever you are tired.
Whatever the case may be for you, likely you don't have a solid night time routine yet or you would not be reading this article. Many people never take the time of day to plan out their last hour or so in their night and in turn they end up having trouble falling asleep and getting poor sleep, which leads to them waking up tired and stressed right away in the morning because they didn't sleep well. On top of that, they don't have their day planned out so they are trying to remember what all they have to get done today, which stresses them out even more and creates a long day at work or school.
Another habit that I see is super common is to be using every hour of your night scrolling through social media to see what other people are doing or wishing you had something that you don't because someone else is posting about it. Sure, spend the other parts of your night doing this if you really want to, but take that last hour or two to yourself and start getting your mindset in the right place and enjoying more of your life, instead of constantly wishing that you have something you don't have. Maybe creating this night routine and pairing it with a morning routine will help you get whatever that thing you desire is, I'm sure that scrolling through social media all night will not get you there, that is a fact.
Don't get trapped in the fear of missing out on social media, which I had for years and still struggle with some, as this leaves you constantly checking social media every 15 minutes to see what is new. This does us absolutely no good because it takes the focus and happiness away from what we are doing in life. By putting your phone down for the last few hours, I am sure you won't miss anything important on social media and you definitely are not obligated to reply to your 100 Snapchat streaks every second of the night, especially when you are just sending random pictures and not having any sort of meaningful conversation.
Why is A Night Routine Important?
Mindset, Better Sleep and Much More.
A night routine is often overlooked as it is not seen as important to some as the highly praised morning routine, but it is actually just as important.
Nobody functions well under stress and what worse way to start the day than tired and stressed because you know you have to get something done that you just can't remember what it was.
That is where the night routine comes in, to prevent mornings like these.
First off, it helps you release the stress from the day and start to see where things went well and where they didn't go so well. Reflection is essential if you want to understand why yo are where you are in life and what you need to do to get where you are going, yet many people never take the time of day to do so. When built into your nightly routine, you can do it every day and get ahead of the competition.
Also, a solid nightly routine will help you organize your thoughts better and help you form new ideas from the experiences and what you learned throughout the day.
Hands down one of the most important things the night routine does is to plan out your day, to make sure you know what the major things are that need to get done, don't trust yourself to remember in the morning because you probably won't.
We all have a certain number of decisions we make each day before we start to experience "decision fatigue," where we are no longer making as effective or impactful decisions in our day. Just look at Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, they wear the same outfits everyday, with a little variation, so that they don't have to spend one of their daily decisions trying to decide what to wear. Or even look at judges, they are less likely to be in your favor as the day goes on because they get tired and have already made so many decisions during the day.
So, why would you want to waste your decisions throughout the day trying to figure out what you need to do or what is important, when you can just plan that out the night before and follow the script in the morning to be more effective.
And finally, the more obvious, yet super important benefit to a nightly routine, better sleep. Yes, a nightly routine can help you sleep better and often in a shorter amount of time, no longer waking up and feeling like you could sleep for another 8 hours. Instead, wake up and maximize your amount of hours in the day, we already spend like a third of our lives sleeping, why would you want to make it more we only have one life?!
A Night Routine For A Better Night's Sleep
Solely Focused on Bettering Your Sleep, For More Effective Sleep In Less Time.
What I have noticed is that I have a large mount of trouble falling asleep if I am working late on the computer or on my phone super late as well as when I have a million thoughts running through my mind, so I sit up and think about those rather than being able to fall asleep.
I used to never get good sleep, always tired in the morning and I never really got into a deep or REM sleep where the brain repairs itself and helps you get ready for the next day.
That is when I started to look at what I was doing before bed and determined that it definitely was not working. I was going to the gym late at night and then coming home, showering and sitting on my phone which in my mind was relaxing myself for the night after a stressful day.
In reality, the late night gym was stressing my body out and showering before bed was not helping me sleep at all.
These were the two things that I changed first, and recommend that you do the same to start getting more effective sleep. Start working out, running or doing your exercise during the day time hours or in the morning, so you are not stressing your body out even more at night. Also, give yourself an hour and half after you shower, if you shower at night, to get your body temperature back to normal and ready fro rest.
In terms of your phone, I try not to use it for the last hour of the day as it is super straining on the eyes and if you decide to use your phone or computer later i the night, I would recommend getting a software that blocks that harmful blue and white lights, that strain your eyes. For Mac and Windows computer, there is a software called F.lux that is free to download if you Google it and if you have a smartphone, enable "night shift" in your settings that makes the screen warmer and gets rid of the blue lights.
Finally, meditation is essential at night as you can do all the things I listed above but still be stressed out from the day, worsening your sleep. When you meditate, you can organize your thoughts and let go of all that stress that you have built up throughout the day, allowing yourself to go to sleep faster and reach a deeper sleep once you start practicing this every night.
There are thousands of free meditations on YouTube that you can listen to and start with, so there really is no excuse not to be devoting at least 10 minutes a night to it.
What is A Good Bedtime Routine?
Here is What You Came Here For...
Other than blocking blue and white light, not going to the gym late at night, meditating and not showering right before bed, what are some other things for a nightly routine?
In terms of maybe what your last hour or two of the day could include in order to keep yourself from scrolling through the same posts on social media, try some of these things out.
First, plan out the next day so you know what you are doing at every hour of the day. I like to break it down by hour because if I just write a long "to do list," I just keep pushing the things on it off until later at night an they usually don't get done then.
Next, I like to devote a good chunk of time each night to reading as it is essential if you want to learn more about your niche and excel in your career or business to be constantly learning. Plus, I believe the more information we have going into our brains, the more ideas we are likely to have coming out.
On top of reading to get better ideas, also journaling for like 5-10 minutes is great as well as it gets all of your thoughts and ideas down on paper so that if you forget something then you can always come back to it.
Finally, on of my favorite and most important nightly habits is my brain training. Much like you go to the gym to exercise your body, you have to exercise your brain in order to maximize it's function. There are many apps to help you do that, including The Dual N-Back, Luminosity and Left vs Right.
I have wrote more in depth about why this is important and more ways to train your brain in this blog post so be sure to check it out (click here) >>
Why This is a Good Night Routine
Here's the Explanation to All of This.
Even if you are a master at the morning routine, if you wake up tired and not ready to take on the day, you are just going to end up going through the motions all day long and not being as effective as you need to be.
We all know that with a morning routine, you have to wake up earlier to get the routine done before you have to leave for work or school and that is exactly what a night time routine does. It helps you sleep better i sometimes less hours so that you are not tired and experiencing "brain fog" all of the next day.
All of the things I listed above help to get rid of stress, improve your brain function, organize your thoughts and better your sleep and they can all be done in an hour or two a night, something we all have if we give up the constant scrolling on social media.
While I realize these habits might not work for everyone, they are sure a great start and you can use them to start out and as you learn more you can change some up to better fit your lifestyle and goals.
Actionable Items For A Better Routine Tonight
Start Tonight, You Won't Regret it.
And for all of you who are looking to start tonight, here is a list of everything covered so you don't have to go back and read the blog again to remember everything.
Thank you for stopping by the blog, I really hope you gained some strategies tat you can start to put to use tonight! It really makes a difference and I have been testing out some of these that I have listed above for a while now and it is crazy how much some of them can make a difference in your life and sleep.
Get better sleep, often in less time when you practice these habits daily, I have also seen them to help me wake up earlier and easier. I would love to hear what results you guys are seeing, comment below.
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Have a great rest of your day,
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