How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep: The Art of Beauty Rest
We know how important getting some rest and relaxation is in this busy world we’ve created for ourselves. From email to Instagram, Facebook and beyond, we are all on sensory overload.
While there are many studies and a lot of sage advice about the ‘science’ of sleep, we’re going to focus on the ‘art’ of Beauty Rest... and getting some well-deserved zzz’s!
Let there be light-except in your bedroom!
Keep out any ambient light that might distract your body and mind from realizing its nighttime. Wear an eye mask to keep it dark and dreamy.
Run like a girl.
Keeping active every day whether it’s a run around the park or a seven-minute workout in your home that does the job to help you sleep better at night. Just keep that activity far enough away from bed time to allow for the natural wind down time you will surely need to be calm and rested the next day.
Change of habit.
Be sure to change into something relaxing when you arrive home from work. Changing into pajamas or sleep separates signals a transition...almost as if you are shutting out the outside world.
Don’t simply assume that relaxing in old, and perhaps previously favorite, apparel items will help to signal this shift. Allow yourself the ‘private luxury’ of our amazing Dreamers and Do’ers Cotton PJ’s, PJ Separates, or our Us-sentials Ribbed Long Sleeve Top or Us-sentials Jogger.
Have another—tea that is!
Drinking something warm before bed helps us to signal it’s time for cozy and calm. Here’s a favorite recipe of ours that makes you feel instantly enveloped in warmth and good vibes. Not to mention that it’s a natural detox and great for your circulation.
Ginger & Turmeric Tea
4 cups water
2” piece of fresh ginger root
1/2 tsp turmeric
Optional raw honey
Peel the ginger root and cut into thin slices. Bring the water to a boil in a pot. Once it is boiling, add the ginger, turmeric and juiced lemon. Cover and reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes, whisking occasionally. Strain the tea, add honey if you wish, and then enjoy!
Write here. Write Now.
Part of any good bedtime routine could include making a gratitude list. Write down three things you’re grateful for each night. This helps you let go of your worries, clear your mind, and focus on what really matters...so you can fall asleep.
One or two changes in your habits can reap big benefits to a calmer, happier and easier nighttime routine. Remember—it’s about relaxing, so allow yourself to shut out the pressures of the outside world.
Inspired or want to learn more about the ‘science’ of sleep?—Check out ‘Why We Sleep. Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams’ by Matthew Walker, PhD.