Equal to our morning routines, a proper nighttime routine is important to signal our body and mind that it's time to relax and go to sleep. It can be tough to disconnect from our devices and screens and not give ourselves enough time to decompress and unwind from the day before getting into bed. Creating an unwind routine or series of rituals to help relax can contribute to a more restful and restorative sleep, which can impact your mood and overall wellness. Inspired by Arianna Huffington, we're sharing our favorite habits.
Keep reading for our top tips, rituals & product recommendations for your best rest.
1. The bedroom = the best room. Focus on keeping the bedroom as calm and relaxing as possible, with minimal distractions. This helps signal the mind that there is an energy shift, and that this is the room and the time to rejuvenate and restore our bodies. Try to tidy up any mess or clothes lying around, and even spend a Sunday decluttering any extra items or furniture that doesn't bring you joy or give you a soothing feeling.
3. Go screen-free. Yes this is a hard one for a lot of us! Try to begin a practice of turning off the TV, iPad, phone or any device that makes noise at least 15 minutes before bed, even working your way up to 30 and even 45 minutes. This is different for everyone, depending on how much screen-time you have throughout the day. Most of us have a high amount lately, so powering down also helps signal the mind and body that it's time for a break.
This can help contribute to a deeper sleep, because the blue light emitted from our devices can disrupt our sleep.
4. Turn your beauty time into a ritual. Plan out your PM skincare routine, and try adding a little massage with your serums or oils. When applying an eye cream, gently pat it into your skin with light tapping motions with your fingertips. Or try a skin tools like WTHN Facial Cupping Kit, or the Gee Beauty 24K Gold Beauty Bar, or get into bed with the Dr. Dennis Gross SpectraLite FaceWare Pro LED Mask. Do you use a dry brush on your body before the bath? It's an incredible way to stimulate circulation and helps to smooth the skin. Add some essential oils or epsom salts to the bath too. If you retain a lot of fluid in your body and want to boost circulation, try elevating your legs up on a wall (lying down on your back). You can feel the boost after just 10 minutes. Wear your favourite pyjamas, or invest in a new pair.
The idea is to turn these practices into rituals, looking forward to them because you know how effective and mood and beauty boosting they can be.
5. Keep the temp and lights down. Sleeping in a room thats a few degrees cooler than the rest of your home also contributes to a deeper and more restful, uninterrupted sleep. So does keeping the light out. Closing curtains or blinds is key, as bright light can help suppress melatonin, which signals us to sleep.
6. Tea for me, please. Avoiding caffeine in the late afternoon if you have trouble sleeping, and even try a soothing tea like camomile or mint. We love WelleCo's Sleep Welle Calming Tea. It's a blend of herbs traditionally used to help calm, relax and ease into a restful night's sleep. Each teabag unites the effects of hops, valerian, lemon balm, passionflower and skullcap to soothe the mind and usher sleep when bedtime calls.