Bedtime Routines For The Night Owl

Are you a night person who struggles to get to bed at a decent hour? If you find yourself falling asleep on the couch or in front of the tv just to wake up exhausted and in a fog, today's episode is for you. Having a bedtime routine is super important for you physical, mental, and emotional health.

In this episode of the Routine and Things Podcast, I share three bedtime routines that will have you wanting to head to bed so you wake up feeling rested and at peace.


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Ashley Brown  00:00

[Intro] Routines, my absolute favorite word, but you either love them or you hate them. And either way, I strongly believe that routines can be a springboard for improving your home, yourself and your life. I'm Ashley Brown, and this is a routine and things podcast. In each episode, we'll dive into a specific routine or point of view that will move you closer to enjoy life more and more each day. Trust me, you're gonna want to keep listening, because you're well on your way to getting and staying happy.


Ashley Brown  00:47

Hey, hey, and welcome back for another episode of routine and things podcast. Alright, so as you saw from the title, I am going to be sharing with you bedtime routines for the night owl. So I am Making a huge assumption if you're listening to this that you are a night owl, that you go to bed late. I'm not with you on that I am not a night owl. I've never have been I don't even I remember. I remember when I worked as a nurse, I did night shift, and I absolutely hated it. I hated it. So being a night owl is something that I know nothing about. But I am married to a night owl, so I understand you to a certain extent. So I'm super excited that you are listening today. And even if you're not a night owl, you might get some really good tips for a bedtime routine even if you're a morning person like me. So if you are someone that loves staying up at night, but really want to begin going to bed at a decent hour, or at least earlier than you go to bed now, these routines I'm sharing with you today may be super helpful for you. Before I get into things I do want to give a listener some love. And this listener that I'm giving some love today to is Kayself123. And she left a review and she says, as a busy stay at home mom of two running a ministry, I've definitely felt like this was an area of my life that I dropped the ball. As I prayed and asked the Lord for guidance He brought me across this podcast which has already blessed my life abundantly. I am looking forward to applying all the gems Ashley provides during her episodes. Thank you, girl for being you. Thank you case of 123. Thank you, girl. I truly appreciate that. I appreciate you. Leaving a review like this. I mean, let's be honest, we all struggle sometimes we all feel like we're dropping the ball but can I tell you right now. Girl, you're not dropping the ball. You are right where you need to be. We can always improve in life, that's for all of us. And as long as we are taking one step at a time to better ourselves, That's all that matters. And that's for you listening right now, as well. So, thank you so much for that love. I truly, truly appreciate you.


Ashley Brown  03:19

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Ashley Brown  04:22

Okay, so let's go ahead and get into bedtime routines for the night owl. So I'm gonna be sharing three routines that I think can be helpful for you and like winding down at night so that you feel more inclined to go to bed. So the routines that I am going to be sharing today will help you relax not only your body, but also your mind. Because if you're a night owl I feel like either one you have become accustomed to going to bed late and now it's like conscious in your biological clock that you go to bed late because it's become such a habit or there are some whose minds don't allow you to rest. And this can be due to an overactive mind, this can be due to maybe there's a fear of missing out on something. Maybe you feel like you don't get much time for yourself and at night this is when you want to soak up time with yourself. So it's it can be a range of things as to why you have become accustomed to going to bed late or why you more so want to be up at night. So no matter the case, nothing is right or wrong. It's just if you want to start getting to bed at a more earlier hour, or you just want to be able to get to bed and really fall asleep more peacefully. These three routines can really help with this. Okay.


Ashley Brown  05:48

So the first is to shower, recite and read. Okay, so first the shower can really help to ease your body, it's going to relax your body and also your mind. You know how good a shower feels. I mean a warm shower is super comforting and can be a great way for you to begin your bedtime routine, it's so perfect i mean i absolutely love a shower. I just stay in the shower I feel like for like 20 minutes and this is partly due to like I feel like my shower is like my me time, my babies are usually sleep. And I'm just having fun in the shower like warm water just beautiful, just beautiful. And so a shower can be really good to relax you, and a great way to start off your bedtime routine. And then after you shower, recite what you're grateful for. Okay, recite what you're grateful for. I think exercising gratitude is really helpful in alleviating the feeling of missing out. Because what it can do is help to bring perspective as to what you have done in your day and what you're thankful for. Right when you recite what you are grateful for, this takes you out of thinking like, oh, am I going to miss something or it just takes you out of trying to think about the future, or even the past and it helps you to be like right there in the present. I am grateful for this right. So exercising gratitude, so beautiful. And so after you shower, recite some things that you are grateful for, that can be really helpful. And then lastly, read something, read something it can be whatever you want to read a book an article, it doesn't really matter. But when you are selecting something to read, I would recommend a book that isn't going to like rile you up or get you super excited because this will be really counterproductive to trying to put your body at ease for bed. So I would say more so read something that is more neutral or that's not going to really like get you like really riled up or excited before you go to bed.  Read something that interest you, but that will also send you off to sleep. If that makes any sense. I know many times for me, I'll read like a book where it might be about someone's life, which I'm interested in. But after a primary like 10 pages, my eyes just start to like slowly go down. And that's what I read at night. I don't usually read as a part of my bedtime routine, but when I want to read at night, it makes me go to sleep. So this can be really, really helpful. So that is the first routine is to shower, recite, and read, I'm telling you, it can be really, really helpful and I'm telling you that book of just be laying on your chest and you're going to be knocked out. So that is really, really great.


Ashley Brown  08:45

Alright, so the second routine is to take a bath, say a prayer, and journal. And so the bath is basically the same as to shower but it's more so of a way for you to like totally relax in the shower you're standing and it's relaxing to a certain degree right but when you're in a bath, that just takes it to an entirely another level because you have the warmth you can put some bubbles in there. I love using. I think it's Mrs. TEALS isn't Mrs. TEALS maybe it's just TEALS anyway, I love using that and like it has like the Epsom salt in it so relaxes your muscles in the bubbles and it smells so good. I love ellipticals. I love lavender. So having like a bubbly bath is so soothing and calming. And so this is really a great way to relax your body and put your body into a relaxed state. And so after your bath, you can then pray. Prayer is super calming and affirming. And praying is a way to release and really place your trust in God, which can do so much for easing your mind. I mean, honestly, like praying is so beautiful. And when I pray, it doesn't have to be like a really extensive prayer. It can be a short and sweet prayer, but it just takes your focus off of you and really puts it into God's hands and like really like you're releasing it to God and everything that happened throughout your day is now you release that and you can pray about things and you can pray for others. And that gives you a sense of peace. And so I just think prayer is just a very beautiful way to enjoy a night. It's a great way to ease your mind.


Ashley Brown  10:45

And also when you pray, it doesn't have to be the perfect prayer. All it is is about releasing what's on your mind, honestly you're talking to God. Really just having a conversation with God chatting it up. It can be really, really helpful and I just love a prayer because it's similar to exercising gratitude. But you're just thanking God for all that he's done for you throughout your day. And you can pray that he keeps you and your family safe at night and it just really helps to make you just feel so much calmer and comforted before you go to bed. So after you bathe after you take your bath, then say your prayer and then after that you are going to journal. Okay, and of course you might be in bed doing these things like praying and journaling is up to you. You might say your prayer while you're putting on your lotion after your bath is whatever you want to do. But after you say your prayer journal. Journaling is an awesome way to reflect on your day and release the thoughts floating in your head. I know for me, before I go to bed at journal that is a part of my bedtime routine because if I don't reflect on my day, I've noticed that I don't sleep well, my mind will keep going and going and going. So journaling is really good to help release those thoughts before you actually lay down to bed, so that you rest better. Because like I said many times we can't rest. When we have things on our minds that we are worried about or constantly thinking of that haven't been brought to the forefront and haven't been really dumped out of our minds. So journaling really helps with this. And these three things in combination, the bath, the prayer, and the journaling, can really set you up for a very calm night and a restful sleep. So that is routine number two.


Ashley Brown  12:44

So bedtime routine number three is to watch a show, light a candle, and meditate. So this is a really great routine because it allows you to indulge in something that will bring you joy first off, right watching your favorite show makes you feel like you are doing something for you and only you, right? Like I know I love watching shows by myself. I'm like I'm about to turn on my show right now. I know currently I'm watching Dead to Me on Netflix. And so I like to turn on my show. Watch me a show and it just feels like you know, I'm loving on me. Watch your show. Watch one of your favorite shows, that can really do you so much good because if you are the type of person that you feel like your nights are the only time that you really get time to yourself. This can help you do it without feeling like you have to stay up so much. Right? So watching a favorite show can be really really good. Then after you watch a show, you can then light a candle. Okay, put a candle on. Lighting a candle is so soothing. Choose a relaxing scent a calming scent one of your favorite scents. I know right now I've been really rocking with more so of like, mango scent it's really awesome, it smells so good, it's from Trader Joe's and it smells so so good. And that's why I've been rocking weight lately but like choose something that is relaxing, calming for you a scent that will make you want to go to bed, right? Because you want to smell it like that's when you have to go and sometimes your routines, especially bedtime routines, what's gonna get you excited about going to bed and maybe lighten the candle because you're like this is gonna be so this is gonna smell so good. It's gonna be so calming. I need to cut off my lights. I get to put this candle on that illuminates my room and it just gives you such a great vibe. So yeah. Choose a smell that is maybe nostalgic for you. That takes you into a certain time of your life. That calming, that can be super helpful. And then after you light your candle, the last thing is to meditate. So you can either choose a guided meditation, you can just choose to sit in silence because that's a form of meditation is whatever you want. I personally love guided meditations. Because of me sitting in silence I can do, but I have more thoughts that come into my head, rather than someone like speaking and like really helping to affirm my life. At least they're they're talking and I can kind of silence them out and it's super relaxing. Like anytime I meditate, I might legitly in a trance by the time I come out of it, and I'm feeling like floating on floating on air.


Ashley Brown  15:47

I'm like floating or I'm knocked out sleep. Let's be very honest. Especially because I meditate at night and it knocks me out such a beautiful thing. Such a beautiful thing. So I personally love guided meditations. And I will usually turn on the meditation. Because that's the last thing I do before I go to bed after I pray, I will turn on the meditation. And before you know it, my eyes are closed. I'm sleep it's so so relaxing. So, so relaxing. And so that is something that you can definitely do. And what's really beautiful about this too, is that even if you fall asleep with a meditation on, you are still getting those affirming words that are going into your head in your mind while you're sleeping. Which is even better, because you're not missing anything is still gonna go up in the air. So that's why I love I love meditation at night. Meditation is super powerful and it will totally relax you. It will totally relax you and if you have a fear of meditate, meditating because you feel like your thoughts aren't gonna go away. It's all about practice, right? It's not about perfection is all about practicing is all about doing it to the best of your ability. The more you practice something the better you'll get at it. Okay. When I started meditating, yes, I used to have thoughts all the time. As I now meditate, the thoughts don't come as frequently. So if they do come let them fall off away. So this is another routine that you can try, watch a show, light a candle and meditate.


Ashley Brown  17:20

And this can put you in a relaxing vibe before you go to bed. So those are some of the bedtime routines that you can try if you want to begin to go to bed at an earlier time. Or if you just want to feel more rested, when you are falling asleep, like these routines can really be great. And last week, I did an episode about how to have an effective morning routine and how you fall asleep was one of the tips and now you know some ways and some routines that you can do in activities that can help you to fall asleep better so that you can have A better night so that your mornings can be more effective. So do you currently have a bedtime routine? Do you? If so, are any of the activities I mentioned a part of your bedtime routine? So your routine work for today. If you do not have a bedtime routine that you either like or you just don't have one or it's not very effective, I want for you to try one of the three that I mentioned today, or create your own and do it tonight. See if it helps you to rest better and go to bed a bit earlier. And I'm telling you it will be an adjustment. So please give yourself grace. Give yourself grace. Because going to bed earlier when you are used to going to bed later will be an adjustment but do one of these three routines or create your own do it tonight. Let me know how it goes. Let me know how it goes. tag me on Instagram @routineandthings. I would love to hear how your night went.


Ashley Brown  19:04

So that's it for this episode. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast if you haven't already, also review the podcast. Rate and review the podcast for me. I would love to hear what you have been taken away. It would mean the world to me. Also join me here next week. Join me next week I'm going to be diving more into routines as you know I always do because I got your back when it comes to living in healthy routine. But until next time, I hope that you are enjoying wherever you are and whatever you're doing and I will talk to you later girl.


Ashley Brown  19:38

[Outro] Thanks for listening. If you enjoyed today's episode, could you do me a huge favor and take a screenshot and share it on social. And for more routine goodness, be sure to visit Here's to staying happy!


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