A couple of weeks ago, we covered the importance of a morning routine to start the day off right. Well, that also applies to nighttime. Having a consistent bedtime routine can help you get the zzz’s you need.
Our NW Fitness Team reveals their nightly routines so you can see how they wind down from a busy day to get a much needed night of rejuvenating sleep.
I try to cut off all work around 8:00 PM. Though I enjoy the process of going to the office, I don’t necessarily need to be in the office to work. So a strict cut-off time is especially important or I could easily be on my laptop working all night.
I review and prioritize my appointments and activities for the next day, then I begin the wind down process so I can relax for the evening. That usually means walking Bodhi and watching a show with Allan. Before I know, it’s 10:00-10:30 and I’m in bed.
I try and shut it all down by 7:00 PM. No more work or social media. But we all get sucked into the Instagram blackhole at times. I also try and read a little, walk the dog again, and sit outside and try to calm my brain before getting ready for bed. I head to bed around 9:00 and watch a show for a bit (maybe a bit of Real Housewives or whatever I happen to be bingeing on Netflix).
I admit my nighttime routine needs some work. I can get caught up in doing pointless tasks and before I know it, it’s time for bed and I’m all wound up. There is always room for improvement.
I’m typically in bed by 7:00-7:30PM so my evening routine starts as soon as I get home from training clients, which is about 6:00-6:30. I take my nPower Nutrition multivitamin and any other supplements I have left to take for the day, get my food ready for the next morning, take Xia (my dog) out to potty, change into my jammies, wash my face, brush my teeth, and check my emails one last time.
Then I let my son know I’m going to bed (since it’s the summer, he stays up way past my bedtime), then do about a 1-2 minute breathing meditation and watch a show or two with my husband, Brandon, which I usually fall asleep to.