Feeling like you could catch a little more beauty sleep? We’ve all had plenty of restless nights tossing and turning. However, there are a few simple keys to getting more sound sleep every night.
While these tips may seem pretty straightforward, here are a few reminders to help you get some serious shut-eye, and feel more energized the next morning. Following healthy sleep habits can make all the difference.
Create a bedtime ritual. This is perhaps my favorite tip, and one I wished I embraced every night. Allowing yourself time to unwind helps you transition from the busyness of your day into relaxation. I always drink hot tea before bedtime, I especially love chamomile and mint. I also try to go through a light yoga sequence or read to quiet my thoughts. Whether it's taking a warm bath or listening to soft music, make sure to carve out some time for yourself-- you've earned it. Remember, even 10 minutes of relaxation makes a difference.
Prep your skin. I’m diligent about washing my face every night before bed. Some nights, I also like to apply a mask. It soothes my skin and helps me to relax. I also keep a shea butter hand cream on my nightstand along with a peppermint lip balm. The scents of both signal bedtime for me. My lip balm, which is from Beautycounter, softens lips with peppermint and rosemary oils. This Lollia hand cream has aloe, macadamia nut and avocado oils to moisturize your skin while still feeling light and fresh.
Turn off your electronics. Put the phone down. I repeat, put the phone down. I admittedly need improvement in this area. No wonder our brains are wired when we’re checking our social media feeds and email through all hours of the evening. If you must stay on your device, at least place the night filter on. The blue light emitted by screens on cell phones, computers, tablets, and televisions actually restrains the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your circadian rhythm. Try to turn off your electronics 30 minutes before bedtime.
Get comfortable. Who doesn’t love a pretty pair of pajamas? Personally, I’m a big fan of sleep shirts, like this one from Victoria’s Secret. Oh, and of course matching slippers.
I also love eye masks. Maybe it's just because I've always been obsessed with Breakfast at Tiffany's? Either way, it helps to block out early morning light. This one is from The Sleepy Cottage, and is a replica of the one worn by Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly. These eye masks make great gifts, and you can customize your color, and design.
Light a few candles. Candles always help me wind down when I get home after a long day. This Voluspa candle is one of my absolute favorites. Each of their candles are hand-poured in the United States with clean-burning coconut wax. Just remember to blow it out before you drift off to sleep.
I love reusing these candle jars for jewelry, flowers or decor long after the candle is gone.
Pay attention to what you eat and drink. Time your evening meals a couple hours before you hit the hay. You don't want go to bed either hungry or too full.
I do love my wine in the evening, but cutting off eating and drinking earlier in the evening will help you sleep more soundly. Many studies show alcohol can suppress REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is critical to a good night’s sleep.
It's also a good idea to cut off your caffeine after noon.
Color yourself calm. Although art therapists have touted the calming benefits of coloring for years, adult coloring has recently become a huge trend. I jumped on the bandwagon after my mom and sister purchased coloring books for me this Christmas. Similar to the benefits of yoga, it helps promote a meditative state. As someone who is artistic, but doesn’t have time to dive into full craft projects, coloring is a creative outlet for me. I absolutely love Johanna Basford’s Enchanted Forest and Vogue Colors A to Z: A Fashion Coloring Book which features 26 archival magazine covers from 1912 to 1932.
Stick to a sleep schedule. With the nature of my job as a reporter, this one is tough, if not nearly impossible, for me to do. However, it is a huge key for getting better sleep. As much as possible, go to bed and get up at the same time every day, yes, even on weekends.
This routine will get your brain and body used to being on a healthy snooze-wake schedule.
What are some ways you relax before bedtime? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.