As the demands of work, family obligations, and home life continue to dominate our lives, it can be hard to prioritize sleep. But now is actually the perfect time to establish a new sleep routine. Getting less than the recommended eight hours a night can have a negative effect on your well-being and as we approach winter, any boost to your health is a welcome one. Whether you want to fall asleep faster or stay asleep longer, a few changes to your daily wind down can help you wake up refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
Destress Your Bedroom
Our environment plays a big role in the quality of sleep that we get. Temperature, lighting, and even the colours in the room can affect bedtime. If your space needs a serene makeover, start with fresh bedding in a soft, neutral palette, then add bedside lamps for ambient lighting, and turn down the thermostat for a cooler rest.
Slowing down and taking time away from the chaos of the household can help shed some of the stress of the day. Drawing a pre bedtime bath a few nights a week with soothing scents – like sandalwood and vanilla or white tea – help bring a sense of calm before bed. Be sure to schedule your soak to allow enough time in the bath as well as the rest of your nighttime routine.
GlucksteinHome spa mineral spa bath salts, GlucksteinHome Spa sandalwood & vanilla body wash
Do a Digital Detox
The end of the day might seem like an ideal time to scroll Instagram or add to your Pinterest boards, but blue lights from the screens can actually disrupt our natural ability to fall asleep. Considering all the time spent on devices during the day, designate the bedroom a digital free zone and opt for a hard copy book instead. Adding a daily nighttime read to the agenda is also the perfect excuse to pick up a new bedside lamp. Look for something that will be the same height as you would be sitting up in bed.
Indiana table lamp
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