What do you do before bed?

I have quite a complicated, time-consuming bedtime routine that I go through every night. Yes, it borders on obsessive compulsive, but mostly it is practical and necessary. It goes like this:-

  • Put cups in dishwasher
  • Turn on dishwasher
  • Straighten the cushions
  • Check the dog has water
  • Check the doors are locked
  • Get a glass of water
  • Plug phone into charger
  • Turn off the living room lights
  • Check on the kids
  • Brush and floss teeth
  • Wash face
  • Put on numerous face creams
  • Put on pyjamas
  • Make sure wardrobe doors are shut
  • Check that I have water, lip balm & hand cream next to bed
  • Get into bed

My husband’s routine is a bit simpler:-

  • Walk to bedroom
  • Get into bed

Do you think this is a male vs. female thing? How does your routine compare to your partners?  Do you go through certain steps each night? I’d love to hear.

Comments

  1. Hi. I have never dissected my bedtime routine before, but it is quite structured. I have read that this ritualization is part of having a good sleep. Most of what I do has to do with being a diabetic. I take very good care of my feet and hands, so cream must be applied. I have to take my insulin, and although I am not squeamish there are many small steps associated and it is not one of my favorite things to do. i usually read for a very short while, just a couple of pages of something light. Lately it is A.A. Milne’s ‘Winnie the Pooh’. Thanks for a thoughtful post!!! Jane

    • Hi Jane, I like reading before bed too. At the moment, I’m reading ‘The Captain’s Daughter’, a novel about two women who survived the sinking of ‘Titanic’. It’s light reading, but a real page turner!

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