Me and bedtime have not always been very good friends.
It’s not even that I am out or doing anything particularly fascinating. It’s just that if I am left to my own devices, I will stay up ALL NIGHT like an idiot. Whether it’s reading, writing, working, or just watching TV or a movie, (until recently) nothing made me happier than being up, late, just doing my thing. With this year’s wellness challenge (and just wanting to be a better, more productive human), I really wanted to start getting up earlier and sleeping more (all of this exercise has me TIRED), so I’ve had to make some changes and the number one thing has been getting to bed earlier! My goal lately has been to be in my bed by ten, reading til about 10:45, meditating, and being asleep around 11. (That might sound late to some but keep in mind I used to stay up til 1 or 2am most nights!!) What’s really helped me has been creating a bedtime routine that I genuinely look forward to… when you make bedtime feel like an indulgent treat, it’s a whole lot easier… even for us night owls! Read on to hear about my routine.
PS – A word about my wallpaper – it’s Chasing Paper! BUT my sister designed it using one of her patterns (this one). Basically, I wanted her pattern but to be able to remove it as I rent. Chasing Paper does not carry this exact pattern but they have a zillion amazing patterns and it’s so great because it’s easy to remove if you move or want to switch things up.
At around 9:30 or so I try to wind down everything I’m doing. I start by doing my stretches (I’ll stretch out my ham strings + hips as they get tight) and I will foam roll my back and IT band (which also gets so tight from running!). I’ll wash my face and do all my skincare things (see also: my bedtime skincare routine), brush my teeth, and put on PJs. I take my probiotic and my mag citrate supplements (two of each; my old nutritionist got me into both of these). I also just started taking an evening primrose oil supplement as I heard it helps with cramps.
Once I’m settled, before I get into bed I like to moisturize my hands and feet with organic coconut oil. I’ve also been using Osmia’s night oil which smells so good and is perfect for before bedtime. If my muscles are feeling sore (this has been the case lately!) I will massage this amazing gel into my arms and legs). Maybe I’ll mist my face with a little rosewater if I’m feeling ultra fancy.
I’ll spritz my pillow with a sleep mist (this one from This Works is the BEST), and then settle in with a book for at least half an hour, sometimes an hour if I’m reading something really good.
Once I’ve finished reading I put on my silk eye mask (a must – besides blocking out light it helps to prevent fine lines around your eyes if you are a stomach or side sleeper like me) and almost always do Headspace’s sleep meditation. (It’s amazing.) Or, I will listen to a bedtime story on the Calm app. That knocks me out and I’m almost always asleep by 10:30 or 11 at the latest.
What’s your bedtime routine like? Any rituals that help you get to sleep?
Photography by Trent Bailey.