Come nighttime, it feels like the stars in the sky are sucking the chaos right out of your long day. Phew! Humans are creatures of habit, and even though so much routine is involved in our day, everything can still feel like total madness. At night, it’s time to really wind (or wine?) down and be intimate with a special ritual that you can create on your own. Here’s how to set yourself up for a serene sleep, nightly:
Dress it down
Keep your coziest pajamas in a drawer away from all of your other wardrobe elements. Ditch the oversized tees (okay, maybe not all of them) and keep clean, fresh PJs that you can’t wait to slip into. By having something that you’re comfortable in, you won’t be tossing and turning trying to get your position just right so you can fall asleep. Another tip? Toss a lavender sachet into your PJ drawer or under your pillow; the smell is known to naturally help you feel more relaxed.
Set the mood
Light some soothing incense or sage, and let a table lamp illuminate your bedroom as you settle in for the night. The relaxing fragrance and mood will not only calm you down, they will also set you up for some peaceful REM. Bonus: The dim lighting will get your melatonin going.
Take care of your tummy
If your last bite was hours ago, you might be hungry before falling asleep, and you will definitely feel less energetic when you wake up in the morning. Sip on sleepy teas like chamomile, and munch on healthy carb and calcium combinations. Try some wild rice cooked in milk and water, cereal with milk, or some cheese and crackers. Start with a coffee-mug size serving, and that should do the trick. Almonds will also help naturally boost your melatonin flow.
Try evening essentials
Essential oils are fabulous for a nighttime ritual. Dab lavender essential oil on your wrists and the nape of your neck, or add a few drops to a spray bottle of water for some lovely room or linen spray. In addition to lavender, try vanilla, frankincense and ylang ylang.