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Last Updated on May 17, 2021 by karissa ancell
Want to get the best night of sleep possible and wake up feeling your best the next morning. Try doing these things before you go to bed at night.
I know that you probably want to just crawl in bed at night and binge watch Netflix but if you make time for an evening routine you can set yourself up for a better night of sleep and a better day the next morning.
7 things to do before bed
Take care of your skin
Make sure you take the time to wash your face and go through your skincare routine before you go to bed. Especially if you wore makeup that day you want to make sure you don’t go to sleep with it on your face.
This is often the only great time to read something that you enjoy, that inspires you, or that helps you grow.
Start with just a few minutes, and expand your time as you go! This is also the best way to wind down without screens before you shut your eyes! Though I often read on my phone it is more relaxing than scrolling social media on my phone before bed.
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This is a great way to practice gratitude that we talked about earlier this week. Take a few minutes to journal about your day and write a few things you are grateful for. This is a great way to destress before bed.
turn off electronics
We all know it, but few of us do it. And, this is SO important!
We all want to check our phones one last time right before bed. But if we give in, we look up 45 minutes later and wonder how so much time has passed!
Though I do prefer to read on my phone or tablet I do make the effort to stay off of social media and news sites and just read my book. Social media can work you up before bed and affect your ability to fall asleep.
Not only does the blue light affect our bodies, but the excessive information from our feeds does the opposite of wind us down.
Pick up a little
Quickly tidy up the house before going to bed. It is much nicer to wake up to a freshly cleaned home. Just do a quick pick up, do the dishes, wipe down counters, etc.
make a to-do list
Prepare for the next day by getting your to-do list done the night before. That way you can be ready to start your day right when you get up. Either write out your to-do list or make one on your phone. I like using Evernote to make my daily lists.
Go to bed at a decent hour
As tempting as it may be to stay up late watching tv and relaxing but you will pay for it the next day when you are over tired and don’t want to get up and start your day.