When the night falls…

So a while ago, i wrote a post about Morning routines https://stayathomemom495.wordpress.com/2019/12/05/mornings-are-for-productivity/, and i thought that naturally, Nighttime routines would follow, but it didn’t.
Why?
Because i don’t really have a fixed nighttime routine. Maybe that is why i have trouble sleeping at night. I mean, i know the main 3 rules for a good night’s sleep:

1. No food 3 hours before bed.
2. No screens 2 hours before bed.
3. No caffeine after 4pm.

I mostly follow the 3rd rule, I sometimes follow the 1st rule but never follow the 2nd rule. Recently, i have been trying to cut down my screentime in general, and it has helped me go to bed earlier. I used to go to bed between 11pm and midnight, but now i’m in bed between 9:30pm and 10:30pm.

In order to get a better look at what i normally do at night before i sleep, i wrote down what i did and at what time yesterday and today. What i noticed was there were a few things in common:

6pm It’s dinner time for my son (sometimes i eat dinner with him too) *to avoid confusion, lunch and dinner are switched in the Middle East, so the cooked meal is at lunch and a light sandwich is for dinner for example*

6:30pm We do some sort of quality time activity together. Yesterday we played Uno. Today we traced, colored and cut on cardboard

7pm I announce bedtime, which either results in hyperactivity or whining

The timing after this is not constant but approximate, because my son sleeps at a different time every night.

Sometimes my son lies on the couch until he feels sleepy enough to lie down in bed,or he would play with his toys until he feels ready to sleep, but sometimes he falls asleep on the couch like he did yesterday and i get to skip the whole bedtime routine. And yes he brushes his teeth before bed, sometimes 😳 Sometimes he stays up until 9 or 10pm, in which case i read a book until he is sleepy enough for me to lie down next to him until he falls asleep.

If you’re wondering about the bath, i do bathe him twice a week in winter but yesterday and today were not bath days. In summer i bathe him daily. And mind you, i’m talking about week nights/ school nights, he stays up until 11pm on weekends, sometimes midnight.

8pm I make green tea and either read a book like i did today or watch a dvd like i did yesterday

9pm Quality time with my husband, kind of. For example, i read while i sat next to him yesterday. Today i showered and then sat next to my husband and read a book (i also shower twice a week in winter and daily in summer)

9:30-10pm Go to bed, scroll on social media, possibly write a blog post

11pm-midnight Five trips to the bathroom and three prayers later, i fall asleep

6am Wake up (i wake up throughout the night 2 or 3 times too. I get nightmares)

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