My Sleep Routine

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.

Around 10:00pm

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.

Time to Focus on You:

What is your sleep routine like? How does it help you?

Photo by Rhema Kallianpur

8 thoughts on “My Sleep Routine”

  1. I’m actually in the process of changing my sleep routine as of right now. A new post to my vision board is “become a morning person.” Figuring out how to wake up at a decent time is going to take some time I know but I need this change. I am in no way shape or form a morning person but I’m trying to find joy in waking up. It’s so easy for me to fall back to sleep once I open my eyes and I’m still in bed. It’s gotten to the point where I have no memory of snoozing my first 5 am alarm (I have multiple alarms going off for this very reason). Waking up far beyond my usual wake up time, rushing to make my coffee, feed my dog his breakfast and speeding to get to work by 7:45 am has become the norm for me and that’s one of my many stresses I can control. I am applying this to my weekend routine as well. I (try to) get to bed at a decent time Friday and Saturday nights by listening to podcast and upbeat music. I may steal your idea of calming music before I get to bed but I’m a sucker for trap music. I have no idea what they’re talking about half the time but I can still rock out to it. I’m still trying to figure out my cut off time for water intake. Drinking so much water disturbs my sleep at night. Not saying that in a bad way though. It’s just that I’m not the type to wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. Running back and forward to the bathroom keeps me up until everything is out. As soon as I get a handle on this I can have a better sleep routine.

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    1. Ohhh I see. Yea it’s a good idea to avoid rushing in the morning in whatever ways works for you. I find that rushing used to throw off my whole day. Thank you for reading!

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  2. I should have a sleep routine, I am a bad sleeper in general but I think I should play some music or write as you are doing, it probably helps to calm myself down. Nice post !

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  3. Nia, with your established sleep routine, do you walk up refreshed, energized and ready for the day or do you still struggle to get up? Without your alarm, do you wake up any different? I struggle walking up most days, of course a lack of consistent sleep routine might be the culprit…lol. I am most alive at night. Its quiet and peaceful. I have been a night owl since college…lol but I would like to wake up fully refreshed and energized.

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    1. Hi Zonnette, it varies for me. Some mornings I wake up energized while others it is more of struggle. It usually depends on different factors such as what I have planned for the day or the time of year. Without my alarm, I wake up later in the morning and feel more refreshed since my body decided when to wake up without the sound of an alarm disrupting the sleep cycle.

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