Lately, I’ve been reading as much as I can about how to implement a night routine. While it’s tempting, especially for us newer moms, to just fall into bed at night, having a dedicated routine can clear our head, improve sleep, and yes, lead to a better morning.
I remember when I actually started brushing my teeth and washing my face again after having a baby. I know what you’re thinking – that’s disgusting. But that newborn stage is no joke. We were living in an episode of The Walking Dead Over here and quite frankly, looked like it too.
It’s so nice to be at a place where I can implement a night routine again and I think it makes me a better wife and mom too. But you don’t have to be a wife or a mom to benefit from one. It’s great for those with busy careers too!
After trial and error here is my exact night routine I follow for great sleep and a better morning. Feel free to tweak it to better fit your lifestyle and needs. Make sure to check out my ultimate guide to morning routines too!
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My Exact Night Routine
1.) I take care of my skin.
I know what you’re thinking: snoozefest. But how many times have you fell asleep only to take up and realize you still had makeup on your face, which was now on your pillow.
Taking good care of your skin the night before can improve your skin over the longterm, and help you look more refreshed in the morning.
I recommend thoroughly removing makeup, gently exfoliating (I LOVE silicone pads that I just use with my regular face wash, and good night cream.
2.) I put on REAL pajamas.
If you don’t have a matching set of pajamas, it’s time to get one. Now, I’m usually not one to tell people they need to go spend more money. But there is something about real pajamas that just help you feel more relaxed.
Yoga pants do not count! Yoga pants are telling your body to get up and move (or just that you never changed out of them from the day.) But PJ’s? Pajamas are telling your body, “Hello friend. I am putting you in these so that you sleep better.”
3.) I take something to help me sleep better.
There are so many sleep products on the market and while it’s good to not rely on them, many are natural and promote a good night’s sleep. Some of my favorites are melatonin gummies (so easy!), Sleeptime Tea, or this homemade lavender lotion which I swear helps me have better dreams. Try making it!
4.) I take a probiotic.
I can’t prove this is true, but I swear when I take a probiotic before bed it helps me sleep better. There are a lot of great ones on the market but hands down my favorite is Garden of Life Raw Probiotics for women.
They also help with digestion, clear my skin, and boost my immunity. I call them my magic pills.
5.) I set out A bottle of water on my nightstand.
As soon as we wake up in the morning we are already slightly dehydrated. Get your morning started right but downing as much water as you can as soon as you wake up. I promise you, you will feel amazing. And there’s no easier way to do this than by setting it next to your bed and getting it done first thing in the morning.
6.) I do a Gratitude Exercise.
Lately, I’ve been thanking God for five things I was thankful for that day. Five as easy to come up with and it just gets your mind in a more positive place before going to sleep. The mind really is a powerful thing.
7.) Lastly, I do a quick devotion or meditate on a Bible verse.
I keep the book “Morning and Evening Devotions ” on my nightstand which is filled with short daily morning and night devotions. Reading one for bed gets my mind in the right place – focused on God and not my own problems. I love that they are tailored toward night devotions.
Other times, I repeat a verse to myself a few times before going to bed. A few of my favorites include:
Proverbs 3:24, “When you lie down, you will not be afraid. When you lie down your sleep will be sweet.”
John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
1 Philippians 4:6-7,” Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
And lastly, one of my personal favorites that I used to pray when I was a little kid and scared of the dark:
Psalm 91:5, “Do not be afraid of the terror by night, by the arrow that flies by day.”