Like the morning, the night is a great time to incorporate healthy habits. What you do in the night affects your morning. So why not follow a night time routine to have better mornings, right? I’ll admit it’s difficult for me to stick to my nighttime routine. Since I rather watch TV before bed and then go straight to sleep afterwards rather than prepare for the next day. Hopefully, blogging about my nighttime routine will encourage me follow it often.
Like my morning routine, my nighttime routine is quick and simple so I’m more likely to follow it. It’s also designed to treat some of my PCOS symptoms and to make my mornings easy. Here’s how I use my nighttime routine to manage my PCOS.
My PCOS Nighttime Routine
- Prepare Breakfast
First, I prepare breakfast for the next day. Overtime, my favorite breakfast staples change. Currently, I love make the spring glow green smoothie and an overnight oatmeal smoothie*. These aren’t the only things I eat in morning. I just prefer to make my smoothies at night to spend less time cooking in the morning. Preparing breakfast nightly is an easy way for me to eat at least one healthy thing in the morning.
*In case you are curious about how I make my smoothie, I use a banana and tiny bit of chocolate chips to sweetened my overnight oatmeal smoothie instead of maple syrup.
Afterwards, I check off the things I completed for the day in my bullet journal. Then I plan for the next day. Although, I most likely won’t do everything I plan, I still like to plan for the next day to increase my productivity and improve my time management skill.
- Beauty Routine
I wash my face with African Black Soap to treat my acne. Then I wipe my face with witch hazel using a reusable cotton pad. Lastly, I moisturize my face with African Black Soap Problem Skin Moisturizer.
Brand I Use: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Acne Care Kit
If I wore my hair in a wash and go, I put on satin bonnet to cover my hair. When I wear my hair in a bun or puff, I redo my hair to make sure it’s neat. Then I put my satin scarf and bonnet on to keep my hair flat and to protect my hair.
Finally, I change into my PJ’s. Then I use my nasal spray and turn on my humidifier and air purifier to alleviate my allergies for a good night sleep. Lastly, I go to sleep.
I Don’t Have PCOS. What Can I Add To My Nighttime Routine?
The same things I have in my nighttime routine. You don’t need to have PCOS to have a beauty routine, prepare breakfast for the next day, or write in your planner. Keep your nighttime routine simple. Focus on a few things that will help you rest well and make your mornings pleasant. Below are some healthy habits to add to your nighttime routine along with resources to help you get started.
Free Meditation Apps:
Breathe, Headspace, Mindbody Connect, and Omvana.
4. Choose and iron your outfit for the next day.
5. Turn off all electronics in the bedroom.
- According to the National Sleep Foundation:
“careful studies have shown that even our small electronic devices emit sufficient light to miscue the brain and promote wakefulness. As adults we are subject to these influences and our children are particularly susceptible.”
6. Read a book or an article.
- Read Paris Review’s Sleep Aid articles—the articles were created to help their readers fall asleep.
- Print out the articles instead of reading on your electronic device to avoid staying awake.
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