I’m one of those people who can sleep just about anywhere. Planes, cars, trains… It doesn’t really matter where I am, I can usually doze off within a few minutes. Which has definitely led to some embarrassing moments when I’ve woken up only to find that I’ve been softly snoring or drooling in public.
But even though I have an easy time falling asleep, I still have my nightly routine to make sure that I sleep soundly throughout the night and don’t wake up every hour. So when Crane & Canopy contacted me about their blog series throughout Sleep Awareness Week, I was excited to share with y’all what I do every night before going to bed to achieve my best beauty sleep.
I find that I personally tend to get a better night’s rest if I’ve worked out earlier that day. My job involves me sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours of the day, so if I don’t hit the gym after work I usually find myself feeling restless. Even if it’s a little stretching before bed because I’ve been too busy to make it to the gym, I always like to incorporate a little activity in my day to better the quality of my sleep!
I’m a huge believer in turning off my computer at least 30 minutes before I go to bed every night. Although I don’t know the exact science behind the theory, I’ve read about plenty of studies that say that the brightness from a computer (and even phone) screen can mess with your body’s natural rhythms and make it harder to sleep at night. So instead of staying up into the wee hours of the morning watching Netflix like I used to do back in college, I power down while I’m getting ready for bed so that I’m not tempted to surf the internet once I slip under the covers. Eventually I’d like to limit myself to just one episode of tv a night, but that’s still a work in progress!
This is another fairly recent bedtime ritual that I’ve picked up. I don’t follow any particular schedule or tempo, but instead look back on my day and think about how I want to improve myself the coming day. This is a period of time that’s meant to be positive and uplifting, which is especially nice if I’m being hard on myself or have had a tough day in the office. Plus I’m usually pretty tired after a few minutes of having my eyes closed.
Investing in a good eye mask:
I love wearing eye masks when I travel. They make it so much easier to stay asleep on planes (even if the lights keep turning on for some reason) and I find that I feel more relaxed if I wear them while sleeping in hotels. I don’t usually wear my eye mask when I’m at home but sometimes, usually when I can’t get my mind to stop racing, I’ll slip it on and then I’m out within the next few minutes. Just make sure to pick out one that’s comfy since you’ll be wearing it all night! The one that I use (pictured above) is padded beneath the eyes to help make my eyes less puffy when I wake up in the morning.
What are your favorite tips for beauty sleep? Having pretty bedding doesn’t hurt either, which is why I’ve been eyeing this navy blue built and sham from Crane & Canopy!