Family & Education

A Great Day Begins the Night Before

Ways to improve your nighttime routine
BY Barbara Danza TIMESeptember 13, 2022 PRINT

Most people tend to put at least some thought into their morning routine. Indeed, the way you begin your day surely affects the several hours to follow. As the day winds down, though, one’s nighttime routine can easily devolve into binge-watching and unhealthy snacks on the couch.

Improving your nighttime routine can reap huge benefits during the day. Better habits can improve sleep, energy, focus, health, and stress levels. Here are some ideas to consider for your nighttime routine.

Tidy First

When the work of the day is done and you’re transitioning into your free time at night, resist the urge to head straight for an entertaining screen; instead, set up your space for tomorrow. Perhaps you put on some upbeat music to bop around to as you tidy up, set out your clothes, prepare the coffee, and ready anything that your morning self will thank you for.

Nourish Your Body

Feeling prepared for tomorrow starts the night off right. Continue your winning streak with a healthy dinner. Ensure that you cut off caffeine early enough in the day to not disrupt your sleep, and enjoy nourishing your body with the good nutrition it needs.

Connect and Enjoy

Spend time each night connecting with loved ones and doing things you enjoy. If you’re in the habit of watching television night after night, mix it up a bit. Play a game, go for a walk, or work on a project.

Turn Screens Off

At least an hour before bedtime, turn off all screens and begin to wind down. This is a great time to wash up, change into pajamas, read a book, write in your journal, or meditate.

Tone Things Down

Let the atmosphere of your home gently guide you toward sleep time. Turn down the lights and make sure the temperature is nice and cool for sleeping. Candles at night can be very soothing. Night air coming through a window can be lovely. Some people prefer the humming of a fan or recorded nature sounds as they head to dreamland.

Plan Tomorrow

Set your intention for tomorrow the night before. Before you fall asleep, take pen to paper and jot down the three most important things to do the next day. This will help you mentally prepare for the day ahead and remind you in the morning which priorities to focus on.

Fall Asleep on Time

A consistent nighttime routine will signal to your body when it’s time to fall asleep. Enjoy a regular, sound sleep schedule and the benefits it brings you throughout the day.

A good nighttime routine can be enjoyable and empowering, helping you to feel prepared for whatever tomorrow may bring.

Barbara Danza
Barbara Danza is a mom of two, an MBA, a beach lover, and a kid at heart. Here, diving into the challenges and opportunities of parenting in the modern age. Particularly interested in the many educational options available to families today, the renewed appreciation of simplicity in kids’ lives, the benefits of family travel, and the importance of family life in today’s society.
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