Back in 2016 when I started my Miracle Morning routine I realised creating a effective bedtime habit and nighttime routine was essential to my success in continuing the Miracle Morning which in turn was helping my health, personal development and mindset. (If you haven’t read the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, stop now go to the bookshelf and get his book, visit his website to find out more, I highly recommend this book!, it changed my life)
I used to stay up very late most evenings working or completing tasks, believing it was one of my most creative and productive times. Truth as I see it now, whilst having a young family, the evening can be very tempting to use for getting things done and believe me I did get a lot done! But I would say in hindsight it was in not in such a productive and feel good way as it is now.
Now the mornings didn't feel this way right from the start. Whilst I have managed to do the Miracle Mornings it didn’t have the same feeling as the evening to start with. But now the habit and routine has started to take hold they still don't feel the same, they feel better! After the Miracle Morning routine, dealing with the family and work has all become more fun, fluid and certainly more productive. The sense of accomplishment and achievement that comes with this process is a real boost to life.
So with this in mind I thought I would share what my bedtime routine looks like now. As after a few days of going to bed late still and getting up early I soon realised something I had to do for me was get to bed earlier. Now for me that meant being in bed by 10pm (for someone else that might be different ) listen to your own counsel and do what feels right for you.It took a bit of getting used to, I had to set an alarm to go to bed! Then for the first part I still felt like I shouldn't go to sleep, even though once asleep I sleep very well , when you go to bed earlier than you mind expects it can remain quite busy!
These tips and my experiences may help you to sleep better, more or help establish a new bedtime routine helping you become a morning person!
So to start with try to stick to the same time every day and if You are having late nights try to schedule them apart from each other. Exercise every day really makes it easier to sleep later.
Did you know you are more likely to experience stress, snack and be less productive the next day if you feel that you have not had enough sleep!
I also made a list of tools and ideas that help, each night I choose all or a few of them to do before bed to make sure I am ready for good restful sleep.
• No phone after 10pm (in fact I don't even keep it in the bedroom anymore)
• Clean and cosy bedroom (make it somewhere you love)
• Keep a Tidy bedroom - it's much easier for your conscious and subconscious to rest when the room isn't busy with clutter
• Aromatherapy - one of my favourite blends is Neal Yards Organic - Nighttime , It has a lovely blend of vetiver and relaxing lavender essential oils perfect on a diffuser to stop your mind whirring and gives you a refreshing nights sleep. (link below)
• I journal before bed, writing down gratitudes for the day, checking in with what I have planned for the next day ,to look forward to, followed by positive affirmations to support my sleep and the next day. You can check out my YouTube Channel or Instagram for more on this
• My favourite hot drink - for me it's chai tea (link below)
• Read a fictional book
• Have a warm bath - it rests your physical body and mind
• Be careful not to eat late but not to go to bed either hungry or over full. The likely discomfort to follow will keep you up.
• Get the right nutrition - plant derived minerals are excellent option if you lack in some minerals this can give you restless sleep - I recommend from personal experience (link below)
• Avoid Nicotine, caffeine and alcohol as at their very least unwanted side effect they are stimulating.
• Reduce bright lights and loud sounds - being a sound therapist I recommend listening to something soothing if you need help and are not a fan of silence and can highly recommend The Still Point Peace Process available here for free from the lady who trained me Debbi Walker (link below) Also included the link for my favourite sleep mask
Coming up two years on from starting , these are still the principles I follow to ensure I have a fantastic morning and a healthy bedtime habit and enough sleep. I would love to hear your experiences or suggestions so do get in touch.
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Linda Perry (a.k.a. Magick Mummy)
Holistic Health Practitioner💚Mum👩👧👦 Wife💏Author📘Blogger. My mission to inspire others to live a healthy, happy & full life!