how to de-stress before you go to sleep; ways to calm down before bedtime

Hi everyone! I hope you’re staying safe and healthy in this crazy time we’re living in. Feeling a little anxious? In this post, I’ll give you some of my recommendations to help you de-stress before you go to sleep!

I’m definitely more of a morning bird than a night owl, so I go to sleep in the 11-11:30 pm window. Going to sleep during this time allows me to get a good amount of rest and arise pretty early at 7:30-8 am.

I’ve been implementing these practices into my nightly routine before my head hits the pillow, and I’ve been sleeping really well lately. When I think of evenings, I align them with relaxation and comfort, and winding down prepares me for a good night’s sleep. 

Everyone’s bodies are different, and these ideas might not help improve your sleep. However, getting into a habit of prioritizing your sleep could result in waking up refreshed and ready to take on the day! 

*Disclaimer* I’m not a health professional, so these are just some things I’ve found helpful so I’m not anxious before I go to sleep. Here are some of my suggestions if you have trouble falling asleep:

  • Meditation
    • I’ve been attempting to meditate, but it takes A LOT for me to fully commit. That’s why I’m a fan of Headspace! There are short and sweet meditation exercises, and there are some exercises that are way longer. And, if you’re unemployed, you can get a free year of Headspace Plus
    • Calm is awesome, too. I really like the Daily Calm meditations for an easy, guided exercise in the mornings. 
  • Prayer
    • I’m Catholic, but praying doesn’t always come too easily for me. Personally, I lay in bed and pray to God, thanking Him for everything he has given me and saying “Our Father” at the end. Prayer reminds me that I am blessed to be alive, healthy, and able to sleep in a nice, warm bed. 
  • Melatonin
    • Olly Sleep Gummies are my go-to when I’m having trouble sleeping at night. Nevertheless, it’s not the best idea to rely on melatonin all the time because it disrupts your body’s natural process of developing melatonin itself. I rarely use these gummies anymore though since I’ve found more natural remedies to help me sleep. 
  • Decaffeinated Tea
  • Reading
    • I’m currently reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. Psychology is really interesting to me and Gladwell gives unique examples to explain what is going on in the world. Reading is one of my favorite ways to unwind after a long and stressful day and de-stress before I go to sleep. I enjoy escaping to another world through a book, whether it be a nonfiction or fiction book. Check out my 2020 Books to Read post for some recommendations!
  • Watching a Lighthearted Show
    • Parks and Recreation is my favorite TV show right now. It makes me laugh and I’m really attached to all of the characters. My favorite character is definitely Ron Swanson. I love his mustache and his goofy laugh. Comment below who your favorite Parks and Rec character is! 
  • Stretching
    • Stretching is a great remedy to relax your entire body and loosen any tight muscles. Before you get into bed, try to do a cat/cow yoga pose for your back, or some head rolls to relieve tension off your neck. This is a GREAT way to de-stress before you go to sleep!
  • Light a Candle
  • Night Shift on Your Phone
    • I can’t speak for all phone brands, but iPhones have the handy dandy Night Shift option. It’s better for your eyes, resulting in less exposure to the blue light that your phone emits. This might not help your sleep, but it’s definitely better if you’re sucked into watching Tik Toks until 2 am. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us! 🙂
  • Take a Warm Shower 
    • I shower at night and I sometimes put a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to breathe in. I’ve also heard about bringing in a few eucalyptus leaves to hang from your shower head. This sounds like a cute idea to spruce up your shower!
  • Gratitude Journal
    • I keep a gratitude journal on my bedside table so I can easily pick it up and write. I get really specific here and try to think of little things that happened throughout my day, like someone waving at me from across the street or my dog doing something super cute. This is a wonderful practice to incorporate into your night routine and express gratitude for all that you have.

All in all, I hope you’ll try some of these remedies. Let me know of any I missed or any that I should try out. I wish you all sweet dreams and a good night’s sleep! 

If you missed it, check out my post on at-home workouts everyone has access to here, and some sustainable actions to save our world here.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post, and I hope you can find your own methods to de-stress before you go to sleep! 

love, christina <3


  1. June 25, 2020 / 7:58 pm

    I have recently started reading before bed instead of playing/working on my phone and it has really helped improve my sleep. Peppermint tea and praying also help me out a lot. Thanks for sharing…I may have to try some of these other suggestions soon.

  2. June 26, 2020 / 12:11 am

    Gratitude Journal, I was waiting to see this in the list. That’s my favourite way to destress myself.

  3. August 30, 2020 / 10:01 pm

    I love this post, candles are my favorite.

    I should definitely start a Gratitude Journal, great idea!

    • queen
      August 31, 2020 / 4:05 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Amanda! Yes, journaling at night has been very calming. 🙂

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