We love sleep!
Sleep has been scientifically proven to be one of the most important things you can do for overall health and well-being. It is like free overnight therapy! When we sleep, our bodies rest — conserving energy, regulating our metabolism, and decreasing blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and body temperature. At the same time, our brains remain active — laying down memory, restoring daytime mental functioning, and carrying out processes that lead to physical growth. It is the single most effective thing we can do to rest our brain and physical health each day and with it comes dreaming which provides essential emotional first aid and a unique form of informational alchemy.
However, it’s not a rare event that busy adults, new parents, or anxious minds miss a good night of sleep. We all have things we can’t control that gives us less than ideal sleep and there’s nothing worse than not being able to fall asleep or falling asleep but suddenly waking up every other hour.
But don’t worry, everything’s not in vain! Habits and routines are gateways for success and can affect our lives in the most profound ways. One of the best ways to sleep well is to implement a nightly routine that you complete before bed each night. We all have preferences and you should choose what works for you.
Here are five of our favorite ways to help you fall asleep:
1. Wind Down
Take a relaxing bath, read a book, drink caffeine-free calming teas, write on your journal, or prep everything for the next day — doing activities that stop your mind from racing and relaxes your body can dial down the stress and can set you up for a good night’s slumber.
Check out this sleeping mask (included in your DREAM BOX) you can use while you nod off to dreamland:
Dr. Botanicals’ Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleeping Mask | $14.99
2. Use Aromatherapy Products
We’re all about aromatherapy products! Use a diffuser or a candle to give your bedroom a soothing smell before falling asleep, spray sleeping scents on your linens or massage your hands and body with lotions or oils – pick a scent that feels relaxing to you! Lavender is one of the most well-studied essential oils because it helps calm the nervous system — lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature as well as changing brain waves to a more relaxed state.
We have some aromatherapy-infused goodies coming in your DREAM boxes soon! Check them out below:
Flower Mill’s Body Melt in Rose and Gardenia | $32
From Molly With Love’s Sleeping Beauty Spray | $17.99
3. Adjust your lighting
Signal your body that its time to sleep and prep your bedroom to be conducive for a good night’s rest. Turn off or dim your lamps an hour before so your body feels that it’s time to wind down. You can also use a sleeping mask if you don’t feel like turning off your lights.
4. Keep your cool
Your room temperature affects the way you sleep – oh yes it does! According to sleep.org, the optimal bedroom temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Time to open some windows or turn on some fans!
5. Lay off the screens
Screens should be ideally turned off an hour before going to bed. Checking your phone or watching late-night TV before falling asleep keeps your brain active. You can instead listen to sleep music or white noise if you feel like it. These are tons of apps available nowadays that provide soothing music to get you on the mood for sleep. HINT – we’ve included one on your DREAM BOX!
Do you have other hacks to get a good night’s sleep? We’d love to hear what you think!