How I started sleeping better and my evening routine

How I started sleeping better and my evening routine | rhianna olivia

I’ve always had a love hate relationship with sleep. I love it, but I rarely seem to be able to get enough of it. Recently, though, I think I’ve cracked it.

I’ve tried so many things in the past when my sleep has been rough. No screens, early nights, no caffeine, showers in the morning, showers at night, podcasts, meditation, sleep sprays. You name it – I’ve tried it.

But, in the past few months, I’ve definitely cracked it. For me, it’s all about routine.

That sounds a little like a cop out answer, soz.

Basically, I try do the same (or, at least, similar) things every night. Especially in the hour before bed.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a perfect system. I still have bad night’s sleep sometimes. Last night, for example. You know when you just can’t sleep, and you get so frustrated you kind of want to cry. Then you roll over and see the person next to you all peaceful and happy and you kind of want to wake them up “accidentally” our of pure spite? That. That was last night.

But, on the most part, having a set routine has really helped my sleep patterns.

My evening routine

6pm: Home from work. Take makeup off and jump into some comfy clothes. (PJs. I mean PJs.) As far as skincare goes, I especially love the Clarins Lotus Oil on an evening – it works literal miracles on my skin and smells so relaxing. I try to have a moment of mindfulness whilst taking off my makeup on an evening. Sorry, I am aware that sounds super wanky, but it really does help get rid of any stress from the day. Concentrating on the smells, massaging away my makeup and appreciating how clean my skin feels. It’s the bomb.

Worth noting: I have stopped drinking anything caffeinated after about 4/5pm and it’s really helped. I could stop earlier in the day, but I don’t think I could cope without my afternoon cuppa. I used to have a couple of mugs on an evening, and never really realised how much it negatively affected my sleep – definitely worth thinking about!

6:15pm: Open laptop or turn on the telly, depending on how lazy I’m being. Either way, this is my period of evening screen time. If I’m being productive, I’ll blog/edit, if not I’ll Netflix the evening away. We’re re-watching Gilmore Girls atm and it’s gr8.

8pm: Tea. Not the drink kind – the Northern kind. AKA what most of you will call Dinner. To be honest, we’ll eat tea any time between 7pm and 9pm, but it’s usually around the 8pm mark. Then it’s back to laptop/telly time after we’ve finished. The difference this time is we usually light some sort of relaxing candle. My favourite at the moment is the Neom Scent To Sleep candle* – it’s UH-MAZING.

10pm: When I’m being good, 10pm is laptop down time. When I’m busy/being bad, it’s more like 11pm/11:30pm. Soz. We’ll continue watching Netflix for a bit for SURE. Usually something chilled like Parks & Recreation or Gilmore Girls so it doesn’t take too much attention/concentration. This is also about the time we make a cuppa – I opt for some Pukka Nighttime tea because it’s amazing at helping me get all sleepy and cosy. Joe sometimes has the same, sometimes has a hot water with honey and lemon.

We are so rock and roll, I know. Contain yourselves.

11pm-11:30pm: BEDTIME! I’d prefer to go to bed earlier, to be honest, but it’s usually around 11pm because blogging is basically a second job and maaaan it takes up time when you have a full time job! I’ve recently started using the Neom Scent To Sleep Hand Balm* and a lavender pillow mist and boy is it helping me drift off to sleep quicker! My fave pillow mist is the one from Feather & Down – Lavender and Chamomile. Divine.

With the hand balm, you massage it in your hands before cupping your hands over your nose and breathing in the scent. It’s so relaxing, I’m not sure I’ll be able to sleep without it anymore??

Anyway… that’s my routine! Obviously, it’s not the same every night. If I’m out, for example, it will be very different. But, this is what I try to stick to as much as I can – especially the last couple of steps. And honestly, having a routine has helped my sleep SO much – it’s quite amazing really.

How I started sleeping better and my evening routine | rhianna olivia
How I started sleeping better and my evening routine | rhianna olivia

You may have already guessed, but Neom Organics sent me some of their Scent To Sleep range for this post. They’re a great company and I absolutely adore their products (and ethos). They’re holding an event called the Neom Big Sleep tomorrow (September 28th) and would love to see you get involved! Head to their website to sign yourself up to the Big Sleep and you could win £200 to spend with them! You’ll also get a free copy of their new Guide To Help You Sleep ebook, featuring 30 small steps to help you prepare for the Big Sleep.

They’re also offering a free Sleep School where you can receive a personal consultation. It’s available in the three Neom stores; Wimbledon, Leeds and Chelsea, and it includes a 30 minute consultation filled with secrets from the Neom Wellbeing Board. They’ll help you create a pre-bedtime routine that fits your life, you can hear about some proven techniques to help you wind down and help you pin point areas you could change.


I’d love to hear about any tips you have for guaranteeing a good night’s sleep! Or anything that’s part of your routine! Let me know in the comments <3

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  • I too LOVE sleep but I’m so bad at it. I’ll definitely have to try a pillow spray!

  • I’ve given up on good sleep and routines and early nights haha I go to sleep around 2 a.m. (probably later) and wake up between 7 and 8 a.m. Works for me so far :D
    I also kinda hate routines, sounds boring to do the same things every day in the same time, I’m just not the type for it :)

    xo Honey – blog Royal LifestyleTwitterInstagram

  • Pollypoptart

    Me and sleep are not friends at all… I may have to give that hand balm a try, it sounds great!
    Paula http://insertmyblognamehere.blogspot.com

  • I definitely agree that having a routine is super helpful. I have found that simply going to bed and waking up consistently at the same time every day helps a lot. Because of my job it’s not exactly the hours I would prefer, and sometimes I go to bed a bit earlier or later, but I need to have relative consistency. Right now I go to sleep around 10:30pm and wake up at 6:30am, whereas my preferred range is bed at 11, wake up at 8. When I was doing the latter (during my previous semester of uni) was the most rested I’ve felt in recent years. I also have a skincare/tooth brushing routine right before I get into bed.

    Danielle | solongusa.blogspot.com

  • charlotte samantha

    I love the sound of the hand cream, Ive been using Lush Sleepy and the scent just sends me straight to sleep

    CharlotteSamantha // http://www.charlottesamantha.co.uk

  • I find that putting a proper routine in really helps me get a better nights sleep. LOve hearing about your routine

    http://www.petiteelliee.com

    Ellie xx

  • Kathryn

    These photos are so pretty! I think that getting good sleep is very important and it’s also a form of self care!
    Kathryn /Cherries in the Snow

  • An evening routine is a must for me – thanks for sharing yours!

    xo, Elisabeth
    http://elisabethhayes.com

  • Such great tips! Avoiding screens, caffeine and having a routine are definite musts for getting a good night’s sleep in my opinion. I made the switch to decaf tea a year, or two, ago, so now I can drink tea right up until I go to bed with no negative effects! x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  • Thank you for these great tips!!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • I love products that are designed to help you sleep! I wonder if I can get my hands on this hand balm in Australia?!

    Sharni xo
    A Girl & Grey

  • RosieBaillie

    The best thing I’ve done to improve how fast I get to sleep is take the TV out of our bedroom. When we moved, there wasn’t really any place we could put it in our room where we could watch it, so we didn’t bother and I’m getting to sleep so much faster. I used to lie there watching crap on TV for no reason and I’d end up going to sleep so late because of it.

  • Jess Athorn

    I’d love to try that hand balm, it sounds wonderful! I’m doing pretty well with my sleeping at the moment but that sounds like it’d make it even better

    Jess | http://acornlifefitness.com

  • Cat

    I tend to sleep pretty well but know I should cut down on my screen time in the evening! The hand balm sounds immense though so even though I don’t struggle to sleep I’d still love to use it.