It’s not always easy to get into that calming and tranquil state of mind before bedtime. Life is beautiful and exciting, but it’s also stressful and complicated. Everyone knows how it feels to toss and turn in bed, staring at the clock and watching the time slowly go by as you desperately try to shut your racing thoughts off. This is why it’s important to get into a nightly routine that works for you, a routine that will tell your mind and body to relax. There are so many different things you can incorporate into your bedtime routine, but it’s a matter of figuring out what works best for you. I’d like to help you get started, so here are some tips on how to sleep through the night.
1. Take a Warm Bath
There’s something incredibly soothing about taking a warm bath before bedtime. It’s like you’re washing away the stresses of the day while also getting yourself squeaky clean and smelling irresistible. I usually stick to showers because it’s less time-consuming, but I definitely notice the calming effects of taking a bath whenever I decide to indulge in this decadent treat.
When you soak in a warm tub, your body’s temperature increases, and then it decreases when you step out and dry off. This natural way of cooling your body down leads to a release of melatonin, and with that, a more peaceful night’s sleep.
I recommend adding bath salts to make the experience even better. Eucalyptus, lavender, and bergamot are all known for helping to alleviate stress. If you’re opting for a shower instead, you can still use essential oils. I add a few drops of bergamot and let the steam from the warm shower work its aromatherapy magic.
2. Read or Write
Reading or writing before bed is a great way to relieve stress and in turn, get some shut eye. You can curl up with your latest library find, or opt for writing in a journal instead. It can actually be quite cathartic to write lists before bed, such as a list of the things you’ve accomplished that day, or the tasks that you’ll need to accomplish tomorrow. Making a “to do” list organizes your thoughts and allows you to let go of them for the evening. Getting organized is a great stress-reliever in general and can really help relieve anxiety. It’s also the perfect excuse to buy a pretty journal (and colorful pens).