Tomorrow starts today. That means that if you are having issues with insomnia or finding difficulties getting up on time in the morning, then your nighttime routine may be at fault.
This is especially true for adults who have to get up at a certain time and who may be up late due to family and work responsibilities. If you feel surrounded by pressure, then making space for your own night routine can do wonders for your mental health and help prevent burnout.
Fortunately, your bedtime routine doesn’t have to be complex. With tools like your own at-home sauna, you can have a unique bedtime routine catered to you that feels like a luxurious, personal spa.
We recommend the following evening routine that is not only composed of relaxing activities to help you sleep more soundly, but also helps you be more prepared in the morning to get up and start your day feeling refreshed and renewed.
1. Put the screens away or turn off the blue light.
The blue light in phones, tablets and TVs can prevent your brain from producing melatonin, the natural hormone that makes you feel sleepy.
Many devices have a feature that allows you to turn on “downtime,” which limits notifications and phone use during certain hours.
If you can’t seem to let go of the screens in the evening, many phones and laptops allow you to turn off the blue light in the screens after a certain hour. This causes your screen to take on a reddish hue, but it is still usable and visible– it just isn’t affecting your eyes and brain as much. You could also consider using blue light glasses that block the blue light from entering your eyes.
2. Lay out your clothes.
If you aren’t a morning person, you might feel like a zombie in the morning. By choosing and laying out your clothes in the evening, you can save yourself time and brain power when you wake up the next day, allowing for a smoother morning.
3. Prepare breakfast or a snack ahead of time.
This step could be as simple as leaving some fruit in a bowl, or, making yourself overnight oats by leaving the oats with some milk, cinnamon, honey, fruit or other ingredients in the fridge overnight. You could even prepare some coffee or tea in the evening and leave it in the refrigerator.
If you know that you have matcha tea and sweet oatmeal ready and waiting for you in the kitchen, suddenly getting up early becomes a lot easier.
4. Meditate in your steam shower with soothing music.
Meditation can be a useful step in any bedtime routine for adults, but if you want to make it special, try practicing mindfulness in your own luxury shower system.
Because hot water in your steam shower can promote muscle relaxation, this would be a great time to try progressive muscle tension release. Studies show that mindfulness techniques like focusing on different muscle groups, tensing them, and releasing them, can promote a psychological state of relaxation. Especially if stress causes you muscle pain or tension headaches, an evening meditation in your steam shower can bring daily relief.
If you install in-shower Bluetooth speakers, you can meditate while listening to soothing nighttime music or nature sounds of your choice. You could even listen to a guided meditation in the shower.
5. Use aromatherapy.
Clinical studies have demonstrated that aromatherapy, or the practice of inhaling certain scents or essential oils, can help with symptoms of nausea, insomnia, stress, depression, and more.
Thermasol steam showers allow you to place essential oils into your steamhead, meaning that you can engage in aromatherapy while showering or meditating in the shower.
Another option is placing a small drop of essential oils onto your towels so that when you get out of the shower, your towels smell wonderful, adding to a holistic, soothing ambiance.
6. Perform your skincare routine and brush your teeth in fog-free mirrors.
By now, your bathroom has likely been filled with steam, and you might not want to open your door and let all that warmth out. With fog-free bathroom mirrors, you can go directly from your shower to your skincare and dental routine without a hitch.
7. Put on your pajamas and cozy up with a book.
With this nighttime routine, you should now feel relaxed and prepared for anything tomorrow brings. Get under the covers with a great book and read until your eyes start to get heavy.
Talk to Thermasol About Your Steam Shower
Turning your normal shower into a luxurious steam room is likely easier than you think. In fact, many people set up their steam shower, with features like aromatherapy shower heads and in-shower bluetooth speakers, on their own. Click here to set up a free consultation with one of our experts, who will ask you questions about your bathroom space and your needs and help set you up with your very own personalized steam shower. That way, you’ll be on your way to a relaxing night routine in no time.