B is for Breathe before bedtime

I started with one simple rule and goal for the week last week, bedtime before 9.30. Because my sleeping pattern had been all over the place, too much, too little, too late. and to be honest I was completely exhausted. So here are 6 things that I learnt from my early bedtime routine:

Triumphs 

  1. I found it much easier to get out of bed in the morning, there were still some ‘snooze-roll-over-bury-my-head-in-the-pillow’ moments
  2. I had more time to do what I wanted to do before work, so managed to fit in yoga/gym before work on some days
  3.  My energy levels are definitely rising (still not on full power)

Tribulations

  1. I still got distracted by my phone at night and in the morning (I sleep with it on charge next to the bed) and found myself flicking through FB, instagram, checking snapchat & whatsapp etc
  2. I have always found it hard to switch my mind off at night, it always seems to want to be awake, so even though bedtime was 9.30 I didn’t actually fall asleep until an hour or so after that
  3. There were a few nights when I woke up SUPER early between 3/4, luckily I found it fairly easy to get back to sleep afterwards

With all of that in mind, I think the early bedtime is a winner for me and I think it would really help to have a proper wind down routine, hence the title ‘breathe before bedtime’.

I am going to set aside half an hour before bedtime (technology free) to do mostly whatever I want, whether that’s a bit of colouring therapy, meditation, yoga, writing, just something that helps chill my mind out before bed. Let me know if you have any suggestions for a good nights sleep and any nice wind down routines… I’m looking for inspiration 🙂

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