We spend a third of our lives asleep—that means our bedroom is the most lived-in space in our homes. It’s the room where we start and end our days, and that’s why the rituals that happen there are extra-important. In The Wind Down, we’ll be exploring the nighttime routines of people we admire and taking their advice to make the moments just before bed feel our best.
Ty Haney spends each and every day doing things—after all, that is the tagline of her Austin-based activewear brand, Outdoor Voices. The entrepreneur has mastered the art of keeping active while also staying down-to-earth, even while running a massively successful company that has more or less changed the way a major demographic views fitness.
After work, Haney’s pace slows down just a bit, but only after she completes a casual three-mile jog. While hanging out with her fiancé and two dogs, she ends the day with a soundtrack of country music and the scent of palo santo. In her nighttime routine, she does plenty of things—albeit at a perfectly relaxed pace. Below, she shares all.
Healthy eats: I usually grab a quick bite with my fiancé, Mark, or friends after work. We love Casa de Luz—it’s a casual vegan, macrobiotic spot near Barton Springs. The food is filling and makes you feel good afterward. We are trying to cook more at home, though.
Run for it: I get home from work around 6 p.m. and immediately hit the trail if I didn’t go in the morning. I always do a recreationally paced three-mile jog—never more. That movement allows my mind to stop wandering and gives me clarity to think about what I need to do the next day.
Quick rinse: If I’m sweaty, I get into the shower around 8 p.m. and wash with Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap. Then I exfoliate and immediately moisturize. I usually take a three-minute cold shower in the morning to make myself more alert and maximize my productivity for the day.
Get lit: We light palo santo or nag champa incense in the house. A classic standby is also our OV favorite, Maison Louis Marie No.04 Bois de Balincourt candles.
Zone out: I like putting my legs up on the wall for 20 minutes. It’s an old trick I learned from running cross-country to give my legs a break. As a bonus, it relaxes my nervous system, and I can do it in any city and in any climate. I try to close my eyes and reflect on the day if I can!
Chill out: Mark and I catch up on the day, and then we get our pups, Juice and Pony, tired out before bed. We always have music on at home—usually old country, but lately we’ve also been listening to a lot of Neil Young and classic rock.
Simple snacks: I don’t have a problem falling asleep, especially after exercising. I am trying to become a tea drinker, so I’ll drink some chamomile at the end of a long day if I need to quiet my thoughts. I love snacking on pistachios and fresh fruit or berries.
Easy pj’s: I usually sleep in a tee and TechSweat Flex shorts.
Reading reset: I’ve been reading and rereading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It’s a great way to end the day and think about the next.
No-phone zone: I try to be as present as possible when I’m at home, and I think the way to prevent burnout is to connect IRL away from the stressors of the day. So we try to charge our phones in the living room…most nights, at least!
Early to bed: I usually try to go to sleep around 10 p.m., with a 6:50 a.m. wake-up. I have an alarm, but the dogs get us up every day.
See more nighttime routines:
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