Chasing after that nighttime routine and why it is so important to catch it

It is well known and scientifically confirmed that having a healthy sleeping pattern is crucial to our overall mind, body, and soul wellness, and that adults should have between 7 to 9 hours of sleep every day. I have to recognize that throughout my life my sleeping patterns have been inconsistent, erratic, and flat out not sufficient.

When I was in high school I was the first one to enlist in an “all night study group” with my friends. We will pick a home (sometimes mine) and we will START studying around 8 or 9 and we will stay up thanks to coffee, lots of coca-cola, and chips throughout the night. We would close books around 3 or 4 in the morning, sleep for two hours, and get ready to go to school, acting like zombies during school hours, but lucky enough, acing every test.

I applied the same concept in College and it worked! I graduated with an Engineering degree pulling all-nightersat the library and bars (no judging I did graduate).

While in high school and college my sleeping ritual and pattern had been sneaking out of the window, once I
became a mother it went running out of the front door never to look back. Between breastfeeding and working full time, being sleep deprived became normal. I remember about five years after becoming a mom that I woke up one day at 8 a.m., and oh my it was a miracle. I had by then two boys, a full-time job, and shared every household responsibility with my husband, including cleaning and cooking. I was a very happy and sleepy mother and wife.

My boys were never the ones to sleep until late, they would wake up at the crack of dawn, with happy faces and empty bellies. I loved every minute of those mornings, and my husband was up for family time too. Now my boys are older, if they wake up before me they know how to start with their breakfasts until I roll out of bed around 7:00 a.m. (yes, the crack of dawn is still their wake up alarm).

In the years to come, my nights have had several rituals and several patterns. From using my nights to sew and quilt, from devoting long nights to reading, to use them to study for my Life Coaching certification, and for a while, I turned off the lights and went to bed at 9:30 sharp (with an alarm set up at 4:00 a.m.).

When I started my journey of self-improvement I came across the importance of a nighttime routine and hours ofsleep. I immediately downloaded an app and started logging in my sleeping hours and to my surprise, I was sleep deprived at an average of 5.5 hours of sleeping time! I have been working hard to try to create an automatic nighttime routine which is easily doable and without too many steps. I have been able to increase my hours of sleep, and I do feel the difference especially on my happiness vs grumpiness when I am tired and sleepy. I learned to put my sleeping time as a priority instead of letting it be the last action of the day and compensating for the lack of sleep with coffee cups at 5:00 pm!

It is a work in progress and I do have several factors working against me in order to maintain a healthy 8 hour sleeping time, but taking into consideration the importance of a good and healthy night sleep I keep my log, I check with myself, I check my moods, my fatigue, and I do take it seriously. Nighttime may be running away from me must of the time… but I am certainly running towards it as well.

22 Comments on “Chasing after that nighttime routine and why it is so important to catch it

  1. Night time routine is actually one thing I’m still struggling with and hopefully will get there someday. Thanks for this article.

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  2. No matter what we do in life, if it is something we do on a regular basis, we should have a routine. Routine helps us know what to do and what to expect It is a muscle memory type of thing.

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  3. Night time routine is so important for me and my kids. It helps them settle down and fall asleep so much easier when they have a routine.

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  4. Night time routine is important to me especially to get 6 hours of sleep. We are gonna be more healthy if we do this routine.

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  5. A night time routine is so important! I had major sleep issues before and now have honed my night time routine to make sure I have enough wind down and self care to get to sleep soundly.

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  6. To be honest, I am struggling with my night routine before but now I am happy because I am able to manage it by reading books or watching my fave series on Netflix.

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  7. I have to admit I don’t even have a nighttime routine for myself – I still struggle to go at the same time and look after myself in that way.

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  8. I am such a night owl and do all the wrong things at bedtime. I watch my laptop or play on my phone.

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  9. I enjoyed reading this so much as I can relate on it. I’m still working on my routine as I often stay up whenever a job has to be done by the morning.

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