Establishing a good bedtime routine is an essential step in self-care. If you’re trying to improve your sleep schedule or just trying to get into an overall routine, setting a bedtime routine is a significant first step. Having a bedtime routine will relax your mind, help you unwind from the day, and get you ready for a good night’s sleep. Everyone’s bedtime routine is different, but if you’re looking for some inspiration, here is what we suggest:

Limit screen time

Everyone tells you to turn off your phone at least 2 hours before bed, but actually doing so is another story. But if you’re trying to improve your sleep schedule, limiting your screen time before bed is ideal. The blue light emitted from electronic devices can keep you up and can even impact your concentration and alertness the following day. So, turn off your phone a bit before you go to sleep.

Use aromatherapy

My bedtime routine just isn’t the same if I don’t light a candle or use my essential oil diffuser. Using aromatherapy is super helpful to fall asleep, as scents like lavender and sage help people relax. You can incorporate aromatherapy into your bedtime routine with a diffuser, room spray, or lotion. Regardless, you’re bound to feel super relaxed after.

Drink tea

Drinking tea is not only relaxing, but it can also help you get ready for bed and fall asleep. Chamomile is made of calming herbs that help to relax the mind and body. When you’re starting to get tired, make yourself a warm cup of chamomile tea and make it a routine in your bedtime schedule.

Set the vibe in your room

That can mean dimming the lights, turning on a nightlight, or playing music. Whatever it is, setting the vibe in your room is a great way to relax the mind and get you ready for bed. Nothing makes me want to hop into bed more than a dim-lit room, with candles burning, and a bunch of pillows. Figure out what works for you and make it a routine.

Avoid caffeine and drink water

Try not drinking caffeine past 2 p.m. if you’re trying to get a good night’s rest. 2 p.m. might seem like a far time away from your bedtime, but caffeine can last in your body for 4 to 6 hours. Instead, opt for plenty of water throughout the day. Fill up your water bottle before bed and leave it on your nightstand, so you can drink it throughout the night and right when you wake up.