In my previous post Sleep Really Makes a Difference, I said that I would go over my sleep routine so here we are. This is my sleep routine for the school year, during summer break my sleeping schedule usually changes.
I start to get ready for bed. I usually play music as I do my routine because it helps ease away any anxiety or stress I may be feeling. I am careful not to play music that is too upbeat or that would get me too energized because then I would have a hard time falling asleep. So I play Billie Holiday, St. Beauty, Kelela, The Weeknd, Solange, etc. On nights that I am too tired to even get up to get ready for bed, I play songs that are a little upbeat so that I can have some energy to complete my routine. In the morning, I play more upbeat songs.
I usually start with a shower. Then do my skin routine. Some nights I do a sheet mask while listening to 90’s RnB. For the next 20-30mins, I prepare for the next day. I pick out my outfit, pack my bag, check my planner, create my to-do-list for the next day, clean up my space, prep my hair, set my alarm, etc. After this, I check my social media for about 20 minutes. I don’t really have time to check everything during the day so I save it for the end of the day. This is also the time where I may reply to text messages that I didn’t have time for earlier in the day. If I am too tired to check everything, I don’t. After social media, I may write depending if something is on my mind. Writing takes up a good amount of my time because for some reason it is easier to write for me late at night. I have tried writing during the day and the only thing I can force myself to write are papers and emails. After writing, I turn off my lights and stretch for about 10 minutes. Then I meditate for 10 minutes using the calm app. Usually I lay down around the same time and sleep throughout the whole night without interruptions. I sleep in complete darkness with an eye mask on. The only noise I hear is the train by my dorm but I am used to hearing certain noises when I am sleeping due to living in a city my whole life.
Normally I get ready for bed, go to sleep, and wake up around the same time. I get about 6-7 hours of sleep depending on what time I need to wake up for the morning. I am not a morning person, but I am able to force myself to wake up for work in the morning or the gym. After my alarm goes off, I lay in bed or sit up for 5-10 minutes without looking at my phone. I just stare at the ceiling or wall. While I am taking a shower, doing my skin routine, getting dressed, and doing my hair, I listen to music or podcast. I will either listen to a calming podcast like Black Girl in Om or a funny one like the Comedy Trap House. Usually, I don’t need coffee to wake up. I just need to be left alone to listen to music and eat my breakfast for a couple of minutes. Sometimes I take a nap during the day, if I really need it.
As I said before, I am not a morning person. I have tried the whole “how to become a morning person” multiple times and it does not work for me. No matter how early I go to sleep, waking up early in the morning is not fun for me. My prime time to work is mid-morning. Something about 10am works for me. Research shows there is no huge difference between the productivity of morning people compared to night owls. What makes the difference is knowing when your prime hours of energy are and using them to your advantage. So, people who know that they are night owls and work most effectively during that time gets just as much work as morning people. But there are people who try to be night owls (cause of work/school obligation) but aren’t really night owls. Sidenote: night owl does not mean pulling all-nighters. That is something different and more damaging to yourself.
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What is your sleep routine like? How does it help you?
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