Falling asleep starts long before you hit the pillow. Creating a successful night time ritual begins hours before bed. This can include anything from sipping on some sleepy time tea to making a list before bed to checking off items in your brain. Here are a few tricks that I’ve implemented into my night time routine that help increase sleeping habits.
1. A Bath before Bed
One of my favorite ways to wind down after a long day is with a nice, long soak in the tub. If you can, hold off to take a dip until after dinner and use lavender oils or bubble bath to wind down.
Lavender Harvest Foaming Bath
I love the scent of lavender. It’s very calming and studies show that it helps to increase sleep quality by 20%.
2. Cozy Up With A Good Book
After my bath, I like to lounge in my favorite robe with a good book. Try not to read or watch anything suspenseful during bedtime hours. This is usually the time when I’ll dive into a self-help or inspirational quotes book to put my mind at ease for happy dreams.
I am obsessed with this pajama line. Their pieces are so incredibly soft and it’s all I’ve been wearing lately.
3. Create a Ritual
Whether it’s reading a book or taking a bath, stick to a consistent bed time ritual that tells your mind, body, and soul that it’s time for rest. I keep a few night time oils on my night stand and the minute I get into my bed I will apply. The scent triggers my brain to know that it’s time for sleep.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
This is hands down my favorite night time oil. I use this about twice a week and I’m hooked on the smell and amazing difference my skin has after using it.
4. Mask Out Distractions
I don’t use a sleep mask every night, but I will admit that when I do use one I tend to get better sleep. I 100% carry mine on red eye flights because it blocks out any and all distractions.
Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask
The Iluminage is the hottest sleep mask on the market. It’s embedded with copper and it known to significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
5. Get a Clock
Sometimes I grab my phone just to see what time it is but then it starts a dive down the rabbit hole into my phone. Having a clock on your nightstand will allow you to take a glance at the time without having to pick up your cell phone.
London Alarm Clock
How adorable is this alarm clock? While I wouldn’t use it as an actual alarm, it makes for a really cute fixture next to the bed. I prefer to wake up to a song or soothing tune on my phone.