Sleep is one of the most important things we do. While you sleep, your body heals, restores and rests to get you ready for another day. Without proper sleep, we often feel fatigued, foggy and unable to keep up with our daily routines. During times when stress and anxiety are high, getting enough quality rest is more important than ever. We’re here to help you take care of yourself, and get some well-deserved shut eye. Try these easy steps for better sleep, every night.
Don’t underestimate the power of scent. Aromatherapy is a powerful tool for promoting deep relaxation during massage, and the same applies for sleep. Essential oils such as lavender, rose and geranium, vanilla, and cedarwood, make falling asleep just a little easier. You can add a few drops of oil to your nightly bath, use a diffuser in your bedroom, or make a pillow mist with your favorites to carry you to dreamland.
Learn to make your own aromatherapy mist with these DIY recipes.
Take a detox bath
The best way to relax is with a little self-care. Schedule some me-time and whip up a DIY detox bath. We’ve compiled our 5 favorite (and easy) recipes for clearing toxins and helping you relax before bed. Add a few simple ingredients to warm bath water and soak, then enjoy some blissful sleep. No complicated or obscure ingredients here — you probably have everything you need right in your pantry!
Meditate before bed
Getting your mind to quiet down can be challenging, especially when you’re stressed and anxious. Starting a bedtime meditation practice can help teach you simple techniques to banish racing thoughts, to-do lists and anxious feelings so you can get rest easier. A few minutes of bringing attention to your breathing and focused relaxation can make a huge difference in the quality of your sleep. If you need some extra guidance, our favorite meditation apps are Headspace, Inscape, and Calm.
Put down the electronics
That late-night work email, scrolling through Instagram, binging a new show. The blue light emitted from electronics disrupts the sleep hormone, melatonin, and can make it difficult to fall asleep. Try stepping away from your devices before you start your bedtime routine, and avoid the temptation to watch TV or look at your phone in bed.
Clean your sheets
It sounds weird, but sleeping in dirty sheets can actually keep you from a good night’s rest, especially if you’re allergy prone. We recommend weekly laundering to keep your sheets fresh. Plus, is there anything better than slipping into a warm, clean bed?
Book a bedtime massage
If you find that aches and pains are keeping you up at night, considering booking a massage close to your bedtime. A nighttime massage will help ease any pain and stiffness, and melt away stress to help you fall asleep faster and sleep soundly. With Soothe, you don’t even have to go anywhere — we bring the spa to you!