Is getting up in the morning something you dread doing? Does your job feel stressful mainly because you have to get up very early? In my post 3 Simple Steps to Becoming a Morning Person in No Time, I wrote about how important it is to create a bedtime routine in order to enjoy smooth and stress-free mornings. This is a great way to start enjoying each and every hour of the day and to appreciate it for what it is – a great new day full of opportunities.
Today’s task in the Make Over Your Mornings course is exactly that: create a bedtime routine. This is something that we should think about, because no one else can do it for us. We can’t expect to go to bed way past midnight and feel great five hours later when the alarm sounds, can we? If we want to feel rested and happy to start a new day, we should prepare it the night before.
Depending on what time you have (or wish) to regularly get up in the morning, decide what your perfect bedtime will be. Each one of us needs different amount of sleep, but strive for at least 6 hours per night. After deciding on what time you’ll go to bed, plan out your before-bed routine.
Each bedtime routine is different, depending on your morning tasks. What’s always the same though, is the intention to simplify your morning as much as possible. My current bedtime routine consists of cleaning the kitchen and reading a book in bed. It’s really simple and whenever I manage to stick to it, I feel so much better! Sometimes, if I have time, I do some ironing (not more than two times per week though) or other tasks that I haven’t found time for during the day. But whatever I do, I always try to be in bed by 11:00 pm., so that I can be up at 7:00am.
Here are 5 reasons to establish a bedtime routine:
- It prepares your mind and body for going to bed. By doing the same things every night, our organism gradually learns that it’s bedtime. How many times has it happened to you to go to bed but to not be able to fall asleep no matter how hard you try or how tired you are? If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably experienced that a lot. That’s because our mind and body aren’t prepared to fall asleep.
- It simplifies your morning. As I mentioned earlier, create your bedtime routine in such a way that it serves you well in the morning. For example, prepare your clothes for the next day, decide what will be for breakfast, wash the dishes, etc.
- It creates good habits. An otherwise menial task may easily turn into a useful habit once that you start doing it every day at the same time. They say that you need 21 days to create a habit. Why not give it a try? Just like washing your teeth, it would become something you do without really thinking about it.
- It sets good examples. If you have children in your household, that is a great way to teach them how to get more organized in their life. Even if they don’t seem to care at the moment, it will be something that they’ll remember and probably do in the future.
- It brings peace and relaxation to you and your home. Don’t turn a bedtime routine into something you dread. Keep it simple and pleasant. Put on some music, enjoy your favorite show, light a scented candle, anything that makes you feel at peace. Creating a relaxing atmosphere in your home will impact not only you, but the other members of your household as well.
Try following a bedtime routine for a month. I’m sure that at the end of it you wouldn’t be able to believe how you have lived before that. You might feel the need to change it a few times until you find what works best for you, but at the end I’m sure that it will grow into something you appreciate and look forward to each day.
Do you have a bedtime routine? How does it work for you? Let us know in the comments below.