Who said bedtime routines are just for infants and toddlers? I’m all about my bedtime routine. I am absolutely certain that when I follow my bedtime routine I have a better night sleep and a better tomorrow. Unfortunately my bedtime routine isn’t executed exactly as planned every night because I’m human and a mom and sh…tuff comes up, you know? But when it does, it feels good. And I know it’s one more way I am deciding to take care of myself.
The best bedtime routine for adults is something that sets you up to be the best version of yourself the next day, which includes being well rested and being prepped. It boils down to two very important things.
1. The best bedtime routine for adults gets you ready for bed
Get your body ready for bed
I mean that literally — like the brush your teeth, wash your face, get your pajamas on type of get ready for bed. I like to do a few informal stretches with some deep breathing before jumping into bed too.
Get your mind ready for bed
For me, this is sloooowwwing down and eliminating screens. This part takes time. It’s always my goal to be done with my phone by 9pm (8:30pm if I’m treating myself) read for 20 minutes each night before my Hatch Restore light turns off automatically. pray, and start to fall asleep by 9:30pm.
2. The best bedtime routine for adults sets you up for success in the morning
This is very simple. I like to practice self-care in the morning (workout, eat a good breakfast, listen to a Podcast, etc.). So I do as much as I possibly can before I go to bed. That way I can have as few barriers as possible in the morning and I can start my day off right. Here are some of the things I check off of my list at night so I can have a smoother morning:
- Prep the coffee
- Make the bottles + snacks for daycare
- Pack the daycare bag (extra clothes, blankies, seasonal items (i.e. snow pants or swimsuit))
- Lay out my workout clothes
- Pick out my clothes for the next day
- Fill up my water bottle (so I can start the day hydrating)
Let’s not overcomplicate this ok? The best bedtime routine for adults get you read for bed physically + mentally and it sets you up for a successful, enjoyable morning (with tasks already crossed off of your list). BOOM.