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5 Healthy Relaxing Habits Before Bed

We love our children with all of our hearts, but there’s no doubt their crazy energy tires us out! You put them to bed and you have 20 minutes to yourself, how do you wind down and relax before bed?

Maybe you have figured out a great relaxing routine but if you haven’t, I’m here to give you some suggestions!

These healthy nighttime tips will help you to go to bed more relaxed and even help you to get a better sleep. Sounds great, right? I’m excited to share with you some things that have helped me and I know will make a difference in your sleep as well.

No Nighttime TV

I know you have probably heard of melatonin, your body produces it and you can get it in a tablet form. Simply put, melatonin is a hormone released by the brain. This hormone maintains our internal clock which helps us wake up and go to sleep.

Light makes melatonin drop, which means when you are exposed to bright lights right before bed the melatonin is dropped. To prevent this from happening, limit your television at night. Instead of watching TV an hour before bed, read your favorite book in dim lighting.

What You Drink Before Bed Matters

This may be obvious but don’t consume caffeine a couple hours before bed. If you love your hot coffee at night, drink decaf coffee instead. Or are you a tea lover instead? Get yourself some nighttime tea that doesn’t have caffeine in it.

Do you have to wake up in the middle of the night and go to the bathroom? If this is a regular occurrence, try to limit your drinking an hour or so before bed.

Relax knowing you will get your sleep without having to get out of you comfortable bed to go to the bathroom.

Deep Breathing

Deep breathing techniques help me in any situation to calm down. Breathing deep and connecting to your breath will naturally slow down your heart rate. This will help you to relax and bring down your heart rate before bed. Try this technique when your kids are driving you a little bonkers, it will definitely help!

Try breathing into the count of five and breathing out to the count of five. While taking deep inhales and exhales, think of peaceful calming thoughts and gently close your eyes.

Along with deep breathing techniques, doing certain yoga poses in bed before you go to sleep can help you relax and sleep better. You can even do these poses in your bed!

Some yoga poses that relax me before bed is child pose, cat and cow, laying supine twist, and legs up the wall. This is a natural and healthy way to relax your body and help you to have a great nights rest.

Prepare For The Next Day

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin got it right! I don’t know about you, but if I don’t have mostly everything planned for the next day I get extremely stressed thinking about it before bed.

Instead of being stressed about it, I fully prepare for the next day so I can relax in bed knowing everything is planned.

Of course, you can’t plan out everything, life is unpredictable. But you can get certain things together to help ease your mind.

Prepare your lunch for the next day. Not having to do it when you get up will save you some extra z’s in the morning! Preparing your meal the night before will help you to stay on track with your healthy meal plan as well.

Pick out your outfit for the next day. If you pick out your outfit, you don’t have to try on a million outfits the morning of. That saves you lots of time and hassle!

Write down a to-do list the night before. Instead of lying in bed thinking about all the things you should accomplish tomorrow, you will have them all written down! This will help you to be more productive the next day as well.

Keep a calendar with you or somewhere you can look at it every day. Having your children’s sports games, doctors’ appointments, and events along with your own ongoing calendar will help your mind unwind at night knowing you have everything written down.

You Time, Quiet Time

It’s important and healthy to mark off time to spend alone. By giving yourself quiet time you will be able to reduce stress and ease your mind. Here are some suggestions on how to spend some quiet time.

Do you ever take baths anymore? Treat yourself to a nice hot bath before going to bed. Don’t think of this as being selfish, think of it as necessary.

Do you ever take the time to write down what you are thankful for? This is a mentally healthy habit. Doing it before bed will leave your mind grateful and peaceful.

Experiment

Experiment with some of these tips and see which ones help you feel the most relaxed going to bed!

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