Having a nightly routine can do so much more for you than ensure a good night’s rest! Establishing a nightly routine can not only help you fall asleep easier at night, but help you create a habit. However, making it into a habit isn’t as hard as you might think!
Your kids, yourself, and even your husband can all benefit from turning a nightly routine in to a habit. Not sure you need one? Here are some reasons why you should create one and tips to help!
Why a nightly routine is important
If you struggle to fall asleep at night, your nightly routine may be the one to blame! Having that consistency in our schedule will not only help you fall asleep faster, but it will keep you from waking up during the night. Over time, you will gradually teach your body to fall asleep at the same time each night, and your body will know when it’s time to wake up. Before you know it, you won’t even need an alarm to get yourself out of bed!
In case the sleep factor wasn’t enough for you, a nightly routine can also ensure you are making time for the things you want to do each night before bed. Whether it’s simple tasks such as washing your face and brushing your teeth, or something a little more difficult to get to each day like reading time or time with your family, having a nightly routine can ensure you are making time for each of these tasks.
The benefits of a nightly routine
Having a nightly routine can create so many wonderful benefits for you and your family. When you are intentional about your nightly routine, you won’t wake as easily throughout the night. Thus allowing you to get not only a full eight hours of sleep each night but also deep sleep each night.
A well-rested body doesn’t feel as fatigued throughout the day. You may even find your mornings running a bit smoother than usual when following a routine. When you’re tired you won’t feel as motivated to stick to a healthy diet, make it through the day without a nap, and may even put off certain tasks as a result.
5 Steps to make your nightly routine into a habit
Your nighttime routine will not only set the pace for the rest of your night but will also determine how the next day will pan out. If you don’t stick to your nightly routine every single night, it won’t be very effective. In order for something to become a habit, you need to stick with it for at least 66 days.
While this may seem a little daunting at first, here are some tips to help you stick with your nightly routine for the next 66 days:
- Decide on a bedtime and stick to it each night. This is probably the hardest part for our family. But I notice such a difference when we have our kids wind down and get to bed at the same time each night.
- Create a bedtime routine that helps you wind down each night. Whether it is reading a book together, having a family Bible study or playing music while they drift off, find a way to help your children (and yourself) wind down every night. You just might find this becomes your favorite part of the day!
- Stay on schedule by going to bed and waking up at the same time every single day. This is hard for us homeschoolers. Many of us like our sleep and just let our kids sleep according to their own body clock. However, there is something to be said for having a more structured routine. Try setting alarms to help you start and soon you might notice you don’t even need them!
- Be mindful of the activities you’re doing and what you’re eating and drinking before bed. This is a KEY point for your overall health and sleeping wellness. My husband figured out years ago that drinking caffeinated beverages within a couple hours of bedtime made him really restless. He fell asleep fine, but he was not well rested in the morning. The same goes for what you eat. Some of my children have trouble with acid reflux, so what they eat even hours before bed can affect them.
- Do the same tasks each day to help your body establish a bedtime routine.While you’re trying to establish your routine, try creating a chart that tells you step-by-step tasks. Do them in order to help you solidify the routine. Once you have created the habits, then it is okay to deviate, but be sure you don’t forget anything!
Creating a bedtime routine can sound like a daunting task at first. But if you follow these tips, getting ready for bed will become something you just do out of habit. It will become a natural part of your day and you will enjoy your evenings (and mornings) so much more!
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