After a long day at work or school or just completing many different responsibilities, you probably just want to go straight to bed. An extensive nighttime routine is time-consuming and hard to keep up with. There are a few things, however, that you should do every night before bed to maintain good health and mentality.
When you are very tired, you might be tempted to skip brushing your teeth and other dental hygiene at night. After all, you often go many hours without brushing throughout the day, which doesn’t lead to any serious problems. However, you don’t produce as much saliva while sleeping, which can lead to a dry and more bacteria-prone mouth.
It is especially important, therefore, to brush away any built-up plaque and food particles before sleeping. Make sure that you are also flossing to get in between your teeth.
Paying attention to skincare before bed can help you wake up with healthier, glowing skin in the morning. Nighttime skincare is essential to expediting your morning routine. Good skincare habits can also reduce breakouts and the effects of old age. Before going to sleep, you should always cleanse your face, making sure to get rid of any dirt, oils, or makeup on your skin.
You can follow up cleansing with a toner, an occasional exfoliator, and moisturizers and serums. Exfoliating too much or too often can cause your skin to dry out. Be sure to read instructions on all of your products in order to use them most effectively.
Reduce Screen Time
Phones, tablets, TVs, laptops, and other digital devices usually use a blue-light background that keeps you awake. Using screens before bedtime can make it much harder to fall asleep and sleep soundly. Sometimes people use screen time before bed to wind down or be entertained after a long day. If this is the case for you, you can try listening to a podcast or reading. These activities still help you wind down but don’t require you to look at a screen.
If you don’t already have a nighttime routine, consider creating one with these three basic habits to start. Having a routine helps signal to your body and brain that it is time to sleep. You may find that through building relaxing habits and a regular routine, you will fall asleep faster and sleep better.
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