For the past five years, I’ve struggled with being a “restless sleeper.” I can’t seem to turn my mind off, despite the self-awareness that I’m yawning while wondering why I can’t fall asleep. My days are inevitably affected by the lack of sleep and so I’ve been eagerly searching for the perfect recipe to help me get a good night’s sleep. Though not perfect every night, my latest routine has me falling asleep and staying asleep more often than not.
Step #1: Don’t chug water right before bedtime. I stop drinking water about two hours before bedtime, which is recommended by the health experts of Eat This, Not That!, so as to not interrupt your sleep by having to get up to use the restroom.
Step #2: Shower. I shower almost every night. There’s something about a clean body in clean sheets that makes me feel calm and comfortable.
Step #3: Face oil. My favorite is Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil. Lather on a face oil to help replenish your skin overnight for smoother, more radiant skin in the morning. Putting this on before bed gives me peace knowing that I’m benefitting my skin while I sleep.
Step #5: Sleeping aids. This is by no means a health recommendation, but I take one pill of RediNite each night, which is a natural sleep aid made up of L-Tryptophan, Passion Flower, Lemon Balm, Magnolia Bark and Melatonin. It helps ease you into sleep and stay asleep throughout the night. Consult your doctor or a health expert before taking any sleeping aids.
Step #6: Read a book. Put your phone away and read a good book! Less screen time prior to your bedtime helps take stress off your eyes and helps make me tired.
Step #7: Noise machine. I just recently purchased the LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine and it’s amazing. It offers 10 different fan noises and white noises to choose from and they block out any distracting noises that may bother you during the night.
Step #8: Eye mask. Having a good face mask is KEY. I have the IMAK Pain Relief Mask with Massaging ergoBeads. It does it all - blocks out light, is comfortable and soothing, provides cooling relief if put in the freezer, and gently massages the area around the eye.
I hope this routine helps you find your sleeping peace! Sweet dreams! xx Katrina