As someone who works best off routine, I have a nightly routine that prepares me for the next day. This is what works for me, but maybe it’ll help someone get into a good routine.
Lose the tech.
The very first thing I do is step away from my computer. All of my work is computer based so I’m constantly exposing myself to blue light and radiation. The constant exposure keeps the brain stimulated making it hard to fall asleep. If I want to be in bed and asleep by 10:30 or so, I’ll turn my laptop off around 10.
The next thing I do is put my watch and phone to charge. I don’t sleep with the watch on because I don’t see the purpose. I’ve noticed that when I sleep with the watch on and my phone near me, I have the worst nights sleep. I prefer knowing I got a good night’s sleep by how I feel versus seeing what the watch has to say about quality of sleep. The watch isn’t always accurate either. In the end, less radiation in your room and around your bed is better for your sleep and overall health.
After stepping away from the technology, I drink water. I know that’s not the normal, but it works for me. I feel much better in the morning when I am hydrated the night before. Usually, it’s just the last few sips in order to drink a gallon a day, so it’s nothing too crazy.
Last push for productivity.
Finally, I read or journal. Something non-tech related and relaxing. I’ll either read a plan that I’m going through in the Youversion Bible App, or a fiction book. I typically read my devotion in the morning to start my day. If I read at night, I’ll write the passages in my planner so that I can refer to that instead.
These small steps have helped me develop a nightly routine to decompress and relax after a long day at work. Without this, I find it very hard to “turn my brain off” at the end of the night. I’ll just keep thinking about everything I have to do tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that. Give these a try and let me know your thoughts below!