Do you have one? A bedtime routine, that is. I’m sure you do, one way or another 😀 It may be beauty related, or it may not. Maybe it involves you catching up on the news of the day?
I was thinking about it one evening, while getting ready for bed. I go to bed early, mostly because I suppose I have that luxury to be able to 🙂 I know some people who have kids etc have their bedtimes dictated by that, but since I don’t, I eschewed keeping late nights, and pop off to bed fairly early. I’m usually in bed by 10pm or 11pm at latest. I can’t even keep my eyes open past 10.30pm these days! (Psst! Sleeping early is also better for the skin ahem! 😉 )
Oh yes, I’m lucky and I know it 😀 However, I do suffer from bouts of insomnia now and again so keeping a fixed bedtime helps me. My body winds down on its own and when the Sandman comes a-visiting, I’m usually ready.
But I do have a routine before bed that I slavishly adhere to. It’s very simple really, but the routine tells my body that it’s time to shut down.
What you see on my bedside table is pretty much everything I need for my bedtime routine, within easy reach.
I always apply a relaxing body oil before bed. It not only acts as my body moisturiser, but the soothing scents calm and help relax me. As I’m very tardy about applying body lotions or taking care of my body as well as I do my face (I really need to remedy this!) making sure I apply body oil is one way I ensure my skin doesn’t turn dry and scaly through neglect.
I then apply a hand cream. I’m still not a big fan of hand cream, so I do not use it during the day. However, I find that applying a hand cream somehow makes my hands less oily after I’ve messed about with my body oils. It also helps my hands stay in better shape. After all, we do know that if our faces don’t show our age, our hands will! I make sure my hands are in sync with my face LOL 😀
Sometimes, I spritz a pillow spray, but I’ve stopped doing that lately because I was getting immune to the relaxing effects. Using it occasionally instead of daily seems to help it work better for me. But I try not to get too dependant on sleep aids, preferring to just train my body to go to sleep naturally.
Then, I tuck myself in bed with a nice little book. Yes, I read every night before bed, so as you can imagine, I run through books like water. Some days if I’m not too sleepy, I read a little more; other days, I doze off after 2-3 pages. I always read paperbacks because I am comforted by the feel of a paperback in hand, and it’s less taxing on my eyes to read on paper instead of on an electronic reader. One more side benefit is that when I do doze off and the book falls out of my hand, I don’t have a gadget falling flat on my face and waking me up! LOL 😀
I never got the hang of using an electronic reader or ipad and in fact, I don’t like using anything digital/electronic before bed. I find that it disrupts me, which is also why I turn off phone notifications after 10pm and don’t check my phone thereafter. I suppose you could say that getting hold of me after 10pm would be quite a challenge 😛
What about you? Do you have a set bedtime routine and if so, will you share it?
Notice I didn’t include my shower, skincare etc. I do all that a lot earlier so it’s not part of my bedtime routine, unless I’m back late when the times will naturally sync. This is just strictly what I do those 10-15 minutes, while sitting in bed, getting ready to welcome Mr. Sandman 😉