So yesterday I talked about the morning routine. Today I’ll hit the opposing part of the day. I’ve read that the close of your day should be peaceful and devoid of electronics so that you can relax into sleep. I’ve also heard that you shouldn’t eat after 7, or that perhaps you should eat a small snack of something that has slow-digesting protein to keep your body from going into starvation mode (??) overnight. I’ve heard a lot of things, but that’s never helped me get into a nighttime routine. A few snapshots of evening routines:
2003: In an attempt to write more, I keep a journal and write in it before bed after brushing my teeth and taking out my contacts. I don’t remember when bedtime usually rolled around, but Nate had to get up really early, so it seems like it would’ve been around 10. Two pillows, as little light as possible.
2003-4: Somehow working at the bank + dating a grad student wipes me out. Hang out with Shawn until I’m about to pass out, then brush teeth, take out contacts, and frequently crawl into bed in my work clothes. If I’m sleeping alone, curtains are open so that I can wake up with daylight. If I’m not, curtains tightly closed, and I fall asleep while Shawn reads.
Fall 2004: Work until 11:30 many nights, then go out with coworkers. Close out the bars, then come home and have toast with Boursin or hummus to prevent a hangover (and also, I would learn, induce WEIRD dreams), brush teeth, take out contacts, and crashhhhhhh.
2005: Reading for school. All the time. And then I fall asleep. Or I sit up late chatting online, and THEN fall asleep. Oh, and also I brush my teeth and take out my contacts. Most of the time.
Early 2006: Stay up late with SB and occasionally with Basil being a romance liability. Also teeth brushing and contact removal occurs.
2006-8: Stay up until I want to fall over. Brush, floss and put on moisturizer when I’m good, take out contacts, take vitamin, put in night guard (that I HATE OMG). SB tucks me in, and he often stays up reading or playing video games. I apparently twitch or wiggle while falling asleep.