I’ve been going to bed pretty late lately. And when I do I just lay down and fall asleep immediately. But this is not what I actually like to do.
What I like to do is to go to bed at least half an hour before actually going to sleep. Take some time to myself. Unwind. Relax. But I don’t just lay there. I have kind of a ritual and for that I need a couple of things.
Technically this is not the best idea. You are not supposed to look at bright screens just before going to sleep. But I really like to read. Both books and magazines and I’m not a fan of paper versions. 3 reasons why I went digital:
- You need a proper full on light in order to read paper. And I much more prefer having a dimmed light while relaxing before sleep. So I just set the brightness of my iPad to the minimum and I never read in total darkness. The feeling is just not right and my eyes start to bother me pretty quickly of everything around me is pitch black while looking at a screen.
- I like to have options. I do read a couple of things at the same time. So each night I choose which one of those best suits my mood and my time. If I’m late I stick more to magazines and If I have more time I usually go for one of the books du jour.
- You need to flip books. I actually do a lot of my reading laying on my side. This makes handling a paperback much trickier, nevermind having a hardcover! With a tablet there is no such problem, you can hold it with one hand only and flipping pages is just a touch away.
I do have to mention that I never have trouble falling asleep. If you do, then it’s definitely better to stick with the “no screens before bed” policy.
I love candles. Preferably lightly scented candles. Everywhere! On the table for a special dinner, in the living room while watching a movie, in the bathroom while having a bath. And of course on the bedside table before going to sleep. I mentioned I like the lights to be dimmed while reading before sleep. Well, candlelight is even better. There’s something lightly calming and soothing about their glow and with the added scent it just creates this magical feeling. So yeah, candles. Definitely.
The one in the picture is from Ikea. This year there’s a peach version and I love peaches! Ikea’s candles smell heavenly when unlit but once they’re burning the smell is not really intense. Some flavors can barely be picked up. If you like this, they’re a great and very cheap option but I recommend peach, vanilla and wild berries. If not, you’re going to have to go with something posher.
Ah, tea. Another must-have. I don’t know why I started with a tablet when candles and tea are the only real must haves. Let’s call the rest of the list “nice to haves”, shall we?
I don’t usually have bedtime tea in the summer, but as soon as it gets just a little bit more chilly, a fresh brew of tea instantly creates that cosy feeling that just makes you melt with the bed and the covers and lulls you into a gentle sleep. One of the first posts I wrote on this blog was about bedtime tea actually. There you can find some suggestions for what works best before going to sleep.
4. Sleep Cycle
This is not really a thing, it’s an app. One of the many sleep tracking apps out there actually. I use it as an alarm clock and it makes all the difference in the world when waking up. The idea is that instead of setting it for a specific time, you specify an interval. The app tracks your sleep all night long and it wakes you when you’re in a more light stage, but during your specified interval, of course. And I really do feel the difference. Waking up at the right time makes all the difference!
Oh, and chargers. Do not forget chargers. If you’re planning on reading and tracking your sleep, you’re going to need some power.
Have a good night!
And sweet dreams 🙂