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The ultimate night routine (with exact steps to follow)

The ultimate night routine (with exact steps to follow)


Before you head home…



1. Get rid of caffeine after 4:00pm

Your night routine begins well before your head hits the pillow. If you work a 9 to 5, you need to think about how everything you do after 4:00pm affects your sleep.

For example caffeine stays in your system for up to six hours. If you’re accustomed to having a cup of tea in the evening, make sure it’s an herbal, caffeine free tea. Otherwise, you might be jittery until 10:00pm or later.

2. Stay hydrated
Dehydration can make you feel sluggish and tired when you want to be awake. You can’t go wrong with having some good old-fashioned H2O throughout the evening.2

3. Decide when the work day ends

To have a solid night routine, you must decide when you’re leaving work. It’s easy to lose track of time and stay too late. Establish a cut off time for work-related emails and phone calls as well.

Immediately after work…



4. Avoid alcohol
If you’re heading out with friends, be mindful of your alcohol intake. Alcohol may make you drowsy, but the sleep you get won’t be restful. Skip the booze altogether, or stop consuming it at least two hours before bed.

5. Have a healthy dinner
Aim to have your dinner a few hours before you go to bed. Overeating or having heavy or rich meals around bedtime may lead to discomfort and indigestion. When you need a snack closer to bedtime, reach for something light and healthy.
The time immediately after dinner is a great opportunity to pack lunch for the next day. Pull items from the freezer and package leftovers from dinner into individual servings.
6. Take time to tidy
Being in an organized environment will help you feel relaxed and in control. Cleaning dishes and counter tops after dinner is an absolute must.
You can also take some time to put things away if you’ve used them during the day.4 Be mindful of clutter in your bedroom. Waking up in an orderly space will work wonders for your mood.
7. Prepare for tomorrow
Get out tomorrow’s outfit and gym clothes as you tidy. Clear unnecessary items out of your bag and set out everything you need to take with you. Taking these steps means you’re less likely to derail your day by forgetting something, and you’ll prevent decision fatigue from setting in early tomorrow.
When you don’t have a million things to do upon waking, it’s easier to fall asleep. Waking up won’t seem like a chore if you set yourself up for success.
8. Take time for yourself
Perhaps you watch an episode of your favorite show or play video games. Set a time limit for these activities. It’s too easy to binge-watch TV or stay up late playing games if you aren’t mindful of the time.


One hour before bed… (where your bedtime routine starts)

9. Step away from the screens
Cut off all screens at least 30 minutes before bed. The blue light from electronics interferes with the production of melatonin, a hormone necessary for restful sleep.5
10. Read a book
A better alternative to looking at your phone is to read a book. Six minutes of reading can ease the tension of stress in the human body and calm your nerves.6
Not sure what to read before going to bed? The Oyster Review has picked 21 best books for bedtime reading, check them out here.
11. Reflect on your day
Consider what worked and didn’t work today. This helps you appreciate your accomplishments, and shape a better tomorrow.7
Start by acknowledging one or two things you wish had gone better. End your reflection by thinking of a few wins you had. Even if you had a bad day, make an effort to end by thinking about something good that happened.
Write lingering thoughts or reflections in your journal. This keeps you from going to bed with a head full of worries. 
12. Plot out tomorrow’s schedule
Write top priorities for tomorrow in a planner or notebook.8 When you get to work, you’ll already know what to do.
13. Give some gratitude
Write down at least one thing you’re thankful for each day. Making gratitude a part of your routine can help you lead a healthy and happy life. Here’re 60 things to be thankful for if you want more ideas.
You can try to mark down your mood everyday and you may find yourself having plenty to be happy about. Mood apps like Mr. Mood is nice to help you keep track of your emotions.
Ending the day on a positive note sets you up for a restful slumber.

Right before going to sleep…



14. Take care of hygiene rituals
Besides brushing your teeth and washing your face, take a warm bath, or hot shower, before bed.
The optimal body temperature for sleep should be between 60 and 67 degrees.9 As soon as you step out of the bath or shower, your body temperature drops rapidly to re-regulate with the temperature of the room. That quick change physiologically can cause sleepiness.

15. Practice bedtime yoga
Bedtime yoga activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which triggers relaxation. Here’re 3 simple bedtime yoga poses you can try tonight:
16. Go to sleep at the same time every night
As an adult, you’re recommended to sleep for 6 to 10 hours every day.10If you have to wake up at 7am the next day, it’s better to go to sleep around 11pm.
Find a time that is suitable for you and stick to that sleeping time. You can set an alarm one hour before going to bed to remind you to start your bedtime ritual.



The ultimate night routine (with exact steps to follow) The ultimate night routine (with exact steps to follow) Reviewed by Ghani Mengal on June 07, 2018 Rating: 5

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