2017 my resolution is to sleep more so I started a nightly ritual to fall asleep faster and sleep better. I track it all with my it™ bed by Sleep Number and the SleepIQ® app.
I start with some essential oils. Right now I love this lavender and rosewood oil from Elemis (the are pro only so you need an Esthetician license to buy) but RMO has some great alternative. Find the lavender, rosewood, and vetiver on their site. I use this diffuser from Target and it is on sale right now!
Next up, I grab my favorite cleansing balm. The lavender, rose flower, and starflower smells just like a spa and really help to quiet the mind. Warm the balm in the palms of your hands then massage your face, neck, and décolletage with light, circular movements. Remove with a warm, damp cotton cleansing cloth. You can also use this balm as a facial mask. Simply apply a teaspoon-sized amount to your face, neck, and décolletage, massaging gently in with your fingertips. Relax for 10 minutes, then hold a warm, damp cleansing cloth over your skin and take a few deep breaths. Gently wipe away.
After I cleanse I like to do a sheet mask. Something about them relax me. I think it the weight and how they encourage you to close your eyes. Last night I chose this one from Feel Brilliant because I had some breakouts and this mask is perfect for breakouts. Plus the directions on it say to leave on for 30 minutes. That long of a time staying still and in one place and I am definitely sleepy!
If I can keep my eyes open or if I do a cream mask I usually read a few chapters or listen to my HeadSpace app to help prep for bed. I DON’T turn on the TV or any bright lights since they can make falling asleep difficult. After the mask,
After the mask, I apply moisturizer ( I am loving this and this right now) and climb in bed. Either while I mask or after I massage my temple and scalp with the Elemis Temple Balm to further relax. Over the last week, I fell asleep within 30 minutes of getting in bed.
I use the SleepIQ® app every morning to check how long I slept. Also, to check if I woke up at all or was restless at night. You can tell in my sleep history exactly when I started to get sick last month and when I finally decided to get medication. I slept the whole night through that first night! The rain the last few weeks has also had an impact on my sleep. I noticed that I woke up on thunderstorm nights and slept really well on the windy nights.
I am having so much fun tracking my sleep and this is for sure the best resolution I have made in a long time. Way less pressure than eating better or walking more!
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You can check out the it™ bed by Sleep Number .