Are you saying that scrolling through Instagram before bed isn’t on the list? 😉 I’m always blown away by women who are able to handle so much. How do they handle full time jobs, kids, running a household, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and finding time for self love. How do they do it? How do they allocate their time in a way that they’re able to tackle it all? They are normal humans just like us; there isn’t some sort of super power separating them from us. So what is the secret common denominator that these successful women have? So I went searching for women’s time management secrets, and I’ve put together a collection of all night-time routines I learned from successful women.
Who could use a little motivation? I sure can.
- Sleep – It goes without saying that the number 1 response was getting your beauty sleep. Allowing your body to properly rest & repair leaves us waking up ready to tackle the day with energy. I can definitely relate to this one as I used to have a mentality of ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead.’ It wasn’t after I hit a couple of exhaustion burn outs that made me realize that I was making my body sick. I now make it a must to try and get 7-8 hours of sleep daily. It has become a priority over other things. I’ve even opted out of some plans because I preferred to rest instead. For a better sleep, some women recommend turning on an essential oils diffuser. I’ve actually adopted this night-time routine and I look forward to it each night! My favorite essential oils are Peppermint, Tee Tree, Lemongrass, Lavender, and Eucalyptus.
- Re-evaluating the day & keeping a to-do list for next day. Lauren Conrad’s advice is to keep a to-do list by our bed, so when we’re ready to sleep we can quickly evaluate what we tackled and what still needs to be actioned. That way we can keep ourselves organized and productive with what needs to get accomplished. We can then wake up the next day knowing exactly what needs to be accomplished, which diminishes wasted time by making us go right to the point! I wanted to add to Lauren’s point and include journaling too! Reflecting on the day, writing down our thoughts, and just expressing our feelings on paper is also a great way to conclude a busy day.
- A hot shower/bath. This sounds like the perfect way to wind down from a chaotic day. Taking a nice warm shower or bath, then slipping into comfy PJs and going straight to bed will make us sleep like a baby. I’ve done this pretty frequently, specially after a stressful day. And I’ve noticed how much better I sleep when I take a hot shower before bed. I also feel so much cozier! I love taking baths, I’ve started using this lavender bubble bath mixed with lavender essential oils. I’d also recommend epsom salt or bath bombs (newly into them!)
Below I’ve listed some of my favorite Pajamas this season that are cozy enough for a relaxing night of lounging around:
- Dinner with family. Sheryl Sandberg’s advice is to leave the office at the same time every night and make it home to dinner with family. Her advice shocked me a little bit, I always thought that she over-worked herself considering her incredible accomplishments (including writing this book), but she is a big advocate for family time & turning devices off before bed, which allows our brains to shut off before heading to bed. I think you’ll also love hearing this advice from her.
- Reading new books. This is something I try to do every night, which surely puts me to sleep quickly 😉 I love picking up new books or magazines and reading them right before bed. Last night, for example, I was catching up on my Women’s Fitness magazine. I couldn’t get through 5 pages without doozing off! Unfortunately using our phones right before bed send our brains a signal to wake up. The light from the screen has this effect on our brains, consequently by using our phones before bed, we are less likely to fall asleep faster. That’s why opting for a paper magazine or book is the perfect way to relax our minds enough so we can fall asleep faster.
- Beauty routines. A lot of women emphasized the importance of taking care of our skin before bed time, as a form of self love. Their advice is to make sure we don’t slack off and get lazy with washing our face, moisturizing, and flossing! We all have our own self care routines we follow, the point here is to ensure we don’t slack off even on busy nights! Since I wasn’t blessed with the perfect skin-gene, I make this a must for me. No matter how tired I am. I always make sure to take my make up off and go through my skin care routine. Let me know if you want me to share with you what that looks like!
- Your bedroom is your sanctuary. Vera Wang’s advice is to design our bedrooms for relaxation and comfort. That includes investing in a good fluffy pillow, bedding set, and lighting that is soothing to the eye. Brian and I invested in quite a few of these light bulbs, that allow me to set a color setting in our bedroom. I can also turn the lights on/off from my phone, so when I’m ready for bed, I don’t have to reach for the light switch. This is the easiest way to create a sanctuary bedroom, without having to re-design it all!
- Meditation. Meditation is extremely effective, and the best part is that it is FREE! This is something that Ellen DeGeneres advocates for, she believes that night-time meditating is the key to a good night of sleep. It allows us to detach ourselves from the day’s stresses and anxiety by slowing down our minds and thoughts. I actually wrote a blog post on Meditation, take a look at it here!
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What are your night-time routines? What are somethings that you do for yourself regularly that help you sleep better and be more productive?
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I have such a difficult time sleeping sometimes, so I really do want to try essential oils and see if that helps. I’m not always off the computer long enough before going to sleep, but I try and just relax or read a magazine/book as often as I can to kind of unwind.
I think it’s so important to get off electronics before bed. That’s definitely a big one for me, so easy to get sucked into it but that ends up sending our brain the wrong signal before bed!
This is great, I was JUST complaining to my husband last night that I don’t feel like I have enough hours in my day to do everything. I’ve recently started reading again and I love it so much, even though it takes over some of my sleep time. I’m hopeful that eventually I’ll find a happy balance where I can work towards my goals without sacrificing my sanity.
hahaha that’s literally my quote every single day. I’m always telling my husband that I don’t have enough hours in a day to get everything done. Reading helps me so much too!
Fantastic tips! Self-care is so important, and building little routines into our day is a great way to make sure we are engaging in practices that help us be our best. I’ve been focusing a lot on my morning routine lately, and I know my nighttime routine could use some tuning up. I’ll definitely be adding a few of these items to the list!
that’d be another interesting topic to discuss! Morning routines, mine can use a little tune up haha
Lately my little girl and I have a both then put on lotion in front of the heater before we stretch. She has a hard time sleeping so getting her relaxed is vital if I want any rest at all!!
That’s so cute 🙂 Love this so much!
I absolutely love these tips! I’m SUCH a terrible sleeper, but I value sleep so much that I’ve been looking for the perfect bedtime routine. I feel like turning off devices is huge, and I’m going to add journaling before bed to my weekly routine. I tend to wake up a ton overnight with a million random thoughts, so maybe that practice will help eliminate that problem! Thanks for the tips!
I sleep so much better once I make my to do list for th enext day!
My nighttime routine needs a little work as I have a morning routine down pretty pat. But, I try to make time to read though that doesn’t usually happen but I do make sure to journal what I’m grateful for that day so I at least end my note on a thankful note.
These are wonderful ideas. I love the Lauren Conrad idea of keeping a list of what you’re going to do the next day. It’s also good for writing down anything you don’t want to forget that may be keeping you up. I find that if I write it down I can turn off my mind and stop worrying about it until the next day. I’ve recently started using diffusers and I’m obsessed! I love Epsom salt baths. Dr Teal makes some great ones. And I always forget about meditation. Such a simple way to turn off the brain, relax and re-center yourself.
I love this post. I reevaluate the day and make a to-do list always. The only thing that I have difficulty to do is to leave work at the same time everyday but I am going to make this happen. Family first! Thank you.
Oh.., I wish I would have the discipline! Now my husband is traveling, I’m terrible… I find it so hard to go to sleep on time. Even if I go to bed at a reasonable time, i still binge-watch Netflix… a hot shower does help though. Geat tips!
I absolutely love this post – I’m guilty of skipping my skin care routing in the evenings and opt to channel surf and I always feel awful the next morning. Thanks for all the tips and great post!
Making a to-do list for the next day is so helpful because it gives me a sense of purpose when I wake up! Thanks for sharing these routines!
Glad to see I do a lot of these!
I love all of these tips, everything is so true, especially the tip about skincare! I always make sure to remove my makeup and cleanse my face every night no matter how tired I am!
LOVE these tips Kloudya! I’m definitely working on the sleep tip. I always feel like I have so much to do, that I neglect a good nights rest. Last night I hopped in bed early with my bible, sipped on tea, all before 9:30. It was amazing to say the least! Also, I love that you mentioned your bedroom being a sanctuary and sharing the lightbulbs you use. I’m looking into them now! Have a wonderful week and thanks again for sharing these tips!
xo – Savannah
Oh I love this so much! I usually read my bible in the morning first thing, but before bed is such a good idea too. I love sipping on tea before sleeping too. So sweet 🙂
So cool that my routine actually matches your article! But still, got some nice tips! Thank you ♥
Yes, totally need to read this to whip my butt into gear.
This is a great post Kloudya! I love all of the tips, some I follow, some I need to get on top of. Like Meditation!