Ah, sleep... the dream dreams are made of! Have you ever had a dream where you were getting a sound, restful night sleep only to wake up to kids poking your face and requesting a bowl of cereal? Yeah, us too!
So, we’ve decided to put some sleep tips to the test & have found six evening rituals, along with some fantastic products that actually HELPED us get to sleep faster & wake up feeling (a little) more rested.
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Shut down those screens. As tempting as it is to bring your phone into bed with you & mindlessly scroll or read for “just a few minutes,” we challenge you to drop that habit & start your nighttime routine without your device. It’s pretty well known the blue lights on our screens are totally messing with our sleep cycles. Some suggest Blue Light Glasses, which many say help, but we prefer the old fashion method of just putting our screens away. Try this, set your alarm (if needed), and plug your phone in & away 1 hour before bed. Then start your wind-down routine and see if you feel the difference.
*For those who sleep with the TV on, we challenge you to try shutting it down for 1 week & note any differences in your sleep.
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Draw a bath, drop a bomb & take a deep breath. Grab your favorite bath bomb and fill up that tub. We prefer something with a soothing scent like lavender or peppermint to promote relaxation. Double down with your last glass of wine or your sleepy-time tea, and just take a few minutes to think of nothing but yourself.
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Sleepy-time tea. Once your phone is away & the TV is off, make yourself a soothing cup of tea. Curl up in your favorite chair or couch and just enjoy a warming cup of herbal tea. Feeling bored by the thought of that? Grab a book, a magazine, a pen to write down some thoughts, ideas, or things that bothered you earlier that day. Anything to help bring your stress level down for 10 or 15 mins.
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Skin-care. After that soothing bath, take the time to give yourself some extra love. From body lotion to a face mask, it’s a little something that will help create the calm you need just before bed. Using body lotions with a relaxing scent is a bonus to help you slip further into a restful night. Anything you can do to promote a spa-like sensation will only benefit you.
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Journal. We’ve mentioned this one before and will repeat it again; journaling is such a great way to release some of your anxieties that have built-up during the days. Getting your thoughts on paper has a way of clearing your mind & stop all that racing. Before bed is the best time to do that and will ABSOLUTELY help make going to sleep just a touch easier. Journaling is also a great way to jot down goals, ideas, or things you have to do the following day to stop the disquiet before it’s time to close those eyes.