There’s a reason there’s a super calming sunset as the cover image for this post. Even though I’m *apparently* an adult now, I definitely don’t always do the things I know real adults do. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 23, you probably know what I’m talking about, at least a little bit. I like to call it being a fake adult. Adult enough to do your own laundry but not adult enough to make your own dentist appointment– that kind of adult. One of those things I know I should do (but don’t) is actually go to sleep at a reasonable hour.
I’m at that awkward stage in my life where I’m having to admit that my parents were right about a lot of things. I actually do feel better when I go to bed earlier, and it’s getting harder and harder for me to get out of bed in the morning with the hours I’m sleeping.
One of my resolutions for the summer is to start going to bed early. As I’m sitting and writing this, it’s midnight on a Thursday night, so that’s how it’s going in case you were wondering.
So, here we are. Awake and writing a post about going to sleep. I’m hoping that writing this and putting it out for people to see will help me keep myself accountable and help me get some sleep.
Here are 10 things I’m working on incorporating into my nightly routine to make falling asleep easier. Hopefully they’ll help you other fake adults out there do some #adulting.
1. Wash your face and brush your teeth earlier.
Even though I usually avoid wearing makeup in the summer, I do make a habit of washing my face every night. It’s usually the last thing I do before I actually get in my bed and try to fall asleep; I have this theory that the earlier I do it, the earlier I’ll be inclined to actually get in bed. My current nightly skincare routine includes a cleanser, a light exfoliator, and a moisturizer. So far, so good!
2. Put your phone in airplane mode.
Who do you really need to be talking to past 9 PM anyways? Can’t it probably wait? I recently downloaded this app that tells you how much you really use your phone let’s just say I was a little disappointed in myself. In an attempt to try and kick my phone addiction, I’m trying to put it on airplane mode so I don’t get any tempting notifications. Starting at 9 PM, airplane mode goes on and I become unreachable.
3. Read a physical book.
I mean like an actual physical book; not one with an LCD screen lol. I have this tendency to sit in front of my TV or computer screen until 11 PM watching something that is probably not that important. Instead of hitting play on another episode of Sex and the City, I’m vowing to turn it off and pick up a book. Now, I’ve also made the mistake of reading something too exciting and addicting before bed….the kind you don’t want to put down and you stay up reading until 4 AM. So, I’m trying to read something a little bit more boring before bed. Well, not totally boring. But…..just not exciting? Books that I enjoy reading but can easily put down after a chapter or two. Here is the one I am currently loving!
4. Start a nightly care routine.
I typically am that person who loves to buy new products and try them out, but I’ve found that actually sticking to products for a bit and making a routine out of using them helps me to feel like I have my life together. But I’m not just talking about skincare, I’m talking about everything! Set at time that you start your routine, go through the motions of washing your face, brushing your teeth, picking up your book, etc. and stick to it. Making a point of having a routine around your bedtime can help you feel more organized, even when you’re shutting off for the night!
5. Incorporate the 2-minute rule.
Ah, the 2-minute rule. My newest obsession. I started the two minute rule when I was living in the dorm, and it really helped me keep the small space clean. The 2-minute real is just incorporating 2 minutes at the end of your night to do something that will make your next morning easier. Fold your laundry, pick up your room, load the dishwasher. It takes so little time but makes a world of difference. It’s always easier for me to fall asleep in a clean space with a clear mind…but maybe that’s just my OCD!
6. Do a brain dump.
Speaking of going to bed with a clear mind…yeah that’s just really hard for me. As soon as I get in bed, I start thinking about everything I need to do the next day, or people I should check in with, or ideas I have about things I want to accomplish. With my mind on 100 different things, it makes it impossible for me to fall asleep. That’s where the infamous brain dump comes in! I keep a little notebook next to my bed and take 10 minutes before I fall asleep to collect all those crazy thoughts on paper. Also, this gives you a chance to make a trip to the office supplies section of Target which, come on, everyone LOVES.
Not only does this help me go to sleep with a clear mind, it also doubles as a to-do list for the next morning! And finally, all those tasks I really need to do that I can only seem to remember at 12:30 when I’m too comfortable to get up make it on my to-do list! An OCD dream.
7. Pillow spray.
This always seemed like one of those ridiculous LA things to me, but I actually love it. I got this spray at Ulta a while ago and it’s become a staple for me. Something about the smell of the lavender really helps me relax. I spritz a little bit on my pillow and sheets, crawl in and take a few deep breaths. To some it might sound ridiculous, but skip that next Chipotle burrito bowl, buy this pillow spray, use it for 30 days and see how well you sleep. It really does make a difference!
8. Dim the lights.
Wowww so innovative, bet you’ve never heard that before, right? But seriously. Turn on the lamp, turn off the overhead. The lack of fluorescent lights really does help you to turn feel more relaxed and ready to sleep. Also, I hate getting out of bed to turn off the light so this helps me stop putting it off haha!
9. Change your pillowcase.
Changing your pillowcase not only helps your skin (if you’ve never heard this before, read about it here) but makes your bed feel fresh. I love the crisp cold feeling of a new pillowcase! Combined with some pillow spray and wow….dreamy!
10. Try a white noise app.
Personally, I love the Insight Timer app. It gives you a guided meditation or some calming music that automatically shuts off. If you had told me about this a year ago, I would have thought you were crazy. But a couple months ago I started having some trouble sleeping and this has really helped! It was also really nice to listen to this with some headphones in while my roommate was still up doing stuff. If you live in a dorm or a small apartment, grab some headphones and give it a try!
Well, there you have it! These are some of the things I am starting to do to make my nights a little bit more spa-like and to help me fall asleep easier. Hopefully putting this out on the internet will help me to actually stick to it and stay committed to #adulting. Step by step, I’m moving full steam ahead towards adulthood (and a good night’s sleep!).