These self-care night routine ideas are a perfect way to slow down, calm your mind and body, and melt into sleep.
June 27, 2023
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Self-Care Night Routine Ideas
As a mom of two busy little ones, the slower pace of evenings is a luxury.
It’s dedicated time to tune in to my feelings, release the day, and nurture myself.
Gifting yourself the time and space needed to energetically exhale is essential to moving into a restful state.
Here are 17 self-care night routine ideas to set you up for a beautiful sleep.
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Take a Spa-Inspired Shower
Sounds simple, but night showers are such an effective way to wind down.
And if you’re a mom, uninterrupted shower time is such a gift.
To enhance the experience:
- Hang dried eucalyptus under your showerhead and let the steam create a spa-like experience.
- Dry brush before you get in to increase blood circulation and lymphatic drainage as well as stimulate collagen production.
- Envision the water as light pouring over you and cleaning away the energy of the day.
- Dim the lights or shower to candlelight (like this modern bowl candle).
- Play some dreamy music with a shower speaker.
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Wear Blue Light Glasses
This is a game-changer.
Blue light waves are created by fluorescent and LED lightbulbs as well as back-lit devices like TVs, laptops, and smartphones.
Exposure to blue light before bedtime can disrupt the circadian rhythm (your body’s natural awake vs asleep rhythm), resulting in difficulties falling asleep and staying asleep.
Since I’ve had my blue light glasses, I fall asleep faster and no longer experience eye strain.
I recommend purchasing frames that are made of bio-acetate rather than petrochemicals that could be absorbed by your skin. You can find some here.
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Write a To-Do List
This sounds counterintuitive, right?
But a study showed that journaling a to-do list for tomorrow, on average, helped people fall asleep 9 minutes faster.
It’s a quick way to process any thoughts or nerves about the next day so that your mind doesn’t feel the need to do it as you’re trying to fall asleep.
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Indulge in Essential Oils
I love choosing a scent to fall asleep to each night and essential oils are a natural, non-toxic choice.
(Just ensure you’re using ones without chemical fillers.)
I buy all of my essential oils here.
Here are some relaxing ways to use them:
1: Shake a few drops onto your pillow (some yellow or brown oils can lightly stain white sheets. It’s best to test on a paper towel first.)
2: Run a diffuser.
3: Make this simple DIY linen spray.
4: Anoint yourself like the priestess you are by mixing a drop of essential oil with a carrier oil (like coconut oil) in the palm of your hand then applying it to your third eye, neck, wrist, etc.
Related Post: Simple, All-Natural DIY Linen Spray
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Sleep in Soft, Breathable Fibers
Your skin needs to breathe.
But so many people are unknowingly sleeping in sheets and sleepwear made out of plastic. (Yes, plastic!)
Polyester is one of the most used fibers (approx. 60% of clothing) and is a synthetic polymer derived from petroleum.
On the other hand, fibers made out of cotton, linen, wool, and bamboo are naturally breathable, and are far less harmful to the environment and our bodies.
One of my favourite sleepwear brands is Yala who make most of their clothing out of buttery soft bamboo fiber.
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Write a Note to Your Morning Self
It may feel a bit silly the first time, but this self-care night routine is an easy way to set your intention for the next day.
It can be as simple as an encouraging one-liner on a sticky note.
For example, “Remember, the world needs your light so don’t dim for anyone today.”
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Turn Off Your Phone
Please don’t sleep with a running phone next to you.
Either turn it off for the night, put it on airplane mode, or sleep with it at least 8 feet away from you.
Your phone emits EMF radiation that can have detrimental effects on your health and can mess with your natural sleep rhythm.
And social media apps can trigger a release of dopamine that can make it more difficult to fall asleep.
Put it aside, and switch your focus to your internal world.
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Treat Yourself to Herbal Tea
There’s something so soothing about drinking a cup of tea while under the covers.
Here are some calming herbals:
- Lemon balm
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Do a Sleep Meditation
As you’re descending into sleep, your brainwaves move into theta, which is a highly relaxed and suggestible state.
This is the perfect time to do a supportive sleep meditation or hypnosis recording.
I included solfeggio frequencies, affirmations, and beautiful imagery in this free energy-cleansing sleep meditation. It’s yours when you sign up for my email list.
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Little known fact: I’m a certified hypnotist.
And during my training, I learned a simple way to program your brain with positive affirmations as you fall asleep.
- Get cozy in bed and prepare to fall asleep.
- Place each hand on either side of you.
- Press your right thumb into the softness of your bed and say a positive affirmation. (For example, “My life is miraculous.”)
- Repeat for each finger in your right hand, and then move onto the left until you’ve done it 10 times.
It’s so simple but it’s an effective self-hypnosis method because, as mentioned in the previous section, you’re in a suggestive, hypnotic state as you move into sleep.
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Harmonize your Energy with Frequency
The more I learn about the electric aspect of our bodies and the harmonizing effect of coherent frequencies, the more fascinated I am.
I have a tuning fork that’s in the 12th harmonic of the Schumann Resonance (essentially the frequency of Earth’s heartbeat) that I place on my chest before I go to bed. The soothing vibrations help calm restlessness.
I also use a Healy with a coil attachment (so I don’t need to use the wristbands) and I run either the Bed Rest, Sleep System, or Coherence programs.
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Use a High-Quality Pillow
I’m a back sleeper. But this didn’t come naturally.
I intuitively started using a cervical pillow about 10 years ago and I haven’t rolled over since.
I sleep deeply on my back. Maybe it’s the neck support, or maybe it’s the reassurance of knowing I’m not creating pillow-related cheek wrinkles. 😉
I’ve used Pillo1 for many years, but I know people who swear by the enVy pillow (it didn’t suit my long neck).
Your pillowcase also affects your sleep quality. I love silk pillowcases.
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Select a Crystal
Selecting a crystal to cosleep with is a fun night ritual but the real benefit is attuning to its frequency as you sleep.
I have 1-2 under my pillow each night.
Here are some calming choices:
- Blue or green calcite
- Blue lace agate
- Pink tourmaline
Here are my go-to shops for crystals and crystals jewelry:
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Candlelight has a quality of romance, nostalgia, and peacefulness.
And it’s a far better choice than the LED lights that can mess with circadian rhythm.
Switch over to candlelight an hour before bed, and experience the difference the soft light makes.
Just ensure you select a non-toxic soy or beeswax candle scented with pure essential oils.
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Cuddle Under a Weighted Blanket
A weighted blanket feels like an all-night hug.
I’m one of those people that needs to feel nested at night. The light pressure of a weighted blanket provides a feeling of security. And I 100% sleep better with it.
Here’s a natural linen and glass bead option.
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Read an Inspirational Book
Studies have shown that reading at bedtime can improve sleep quality.
But your choice of book is essential — save the thrillers for the beach.
At bedtime, you’re setting the tone for the night. And most often your mind will circulate what it was last exposed to as you fall asleep.
Choose inspiring, uplifting, magical, and/or beautiful nightly reading.
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Sit in Stillness
Whether it’s meditation, intentionally connecting with your breath, or observing an object in your room for 5 minutes (I use this flower of life wall art), quieting the mind is a powerful way to reconnect with who you truly are.
And a beautiful way to soften your edges before sleep.
What’s your favourite self-care night routine? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.