First, something you guys need to understand: I’m still living home and my mom and I are very close – always have been. So at the end of the day, once errands, chores, dinner, clean-up, etc are done (usually between 7pm – 8pm), she and I sit in the living room to watch TV and read – Our way of de-stressing after a long day. So I do a lot of reading at night to begin with, prior to my bedtime routine.
With that said, I actually used to have a set bedtime reading routine. I would come to bed anywhere between 10pm and 12:30am. I would get my room ready for bed first (Fix the sheets, mark the day off on the calendar, straighten up if my room my messy). Then, after doing whatever I needed to do on the computer, I’d settle in on my bed with my book, comfy pillows and, even in the summer, some big, soft blankets. Once I was all settled in, I’d read until my eyes were blurry and I had to re-read pages to take it in, until I couldn’t remember what I’d just read. And then I’d put my book away and go right to sleep. Usually, this was anywhere from 1am – 3am.
Then, something weird happened. All of a sudden, I was just really tired all the time. I still can’t figure out why, but I was exhausted and I was coming to bed and just going to sleep by 10pm, 10:30pm… Usually, no later than 11pm. I was basically too tired to read once I finished my bedtime routine, and fell right to sleep.
So, I kind of got out of the habit of reading before bed. Don’t get me wrong, I still read while sitting in the living room, usually for several hours. But not right before bed anymore. Now-a-days, I usually don’t go to bed until 2am or 3am, but I’ve been distracted a lot by Twitter and this beautiful blog, so I tend to tool around on the computer until I’m tired and go to sleep.
Except, guess what? I’ve been sleeping terribly lately, and I’m starting to wonder if taking reading out of my bedtime routine is the culprit. Starting tomorrow (possibly tonight…) I’ve decided I’m going to try to incorporate reading back into my bedtime routine, and see if I start sleeping better.
I’ll keep you posted, guys! Now, tell me, what is your bedtime reading routine? Share it with me in the comments below!