• Serena McGowan

My Nightly Routine

Updated: Feb 20

As someone who needs to go to bed early in order to have a productive day, I have a routine that I go through every night. This is what works for me, but maybe it’ll help someone get into a good routine.

The very first thing I do is step away from my laptop. 90% of the work I do everyday is in front of the computer so I’m constantly exposed to blue light and radiation given off by my work computers and laptop. The constant exposure keeps the brain stimulated making it hard to fall asleep. If I want to be in bed and asleep by 9:30 or so, I’ll turn my laptop off around 9.

The next thing I do is put my watch and phone to charge. I don’t sleep with the watch on because I don’t see the purpose. I would rather keep it on my desk charging and not wear anything tech related to sleep. I purposely keep it on my desk and not next to my bed because radiation disrupts your sleep. I’ve noticed that if I sleep with the watch on and my phone near me, I have the worst nights sleep. I’d much rather feel good in the morning and know I got a good night’s sleep versus checking my watch first thing in the morning to see what it considers “a good night’s sleep.” The watch isn’t always accurate either. In the end, the less radiation in your room and around your bed, the better your sleep and overall health will be.

After stepping away from the technology, I drink water. Now I know that doesn’t really make sense and you might be thinking, “Serena, you’re going to wake up in the middle of the night and have to go to the bathroom!” Well, this might be true, but I’m a deep sleeper. Usually, it’s just the last few sips in order to drink a gallon a day, so it’s nothing too crazy.

The very last thing I do before bed is read or journal. Something non-tech related and relaxing. I’ll either read a plan that I’m going through in the YouVersion Bible App, or a fiction book. I typically like to read my devotion in the morning to start my day, but if I read it at night, I’ll make a note of the passages in my planner so that I can refer to that as opposed to my phone.

These small steps have helped me develop a nightly routine to decompress and relax after a long day at work. Without this, I find it very hard to “turn my brain off” at the end of the night. I’ll just keep thinking about everything I have to do tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that. Give these a try and let me drop some other recommendations below!