Science backs it: More sleep equals better cognitive function, and better looks. Yep. Not only does good sleep make your brain work faster and smarter, it also helps your skin repair, leading to that coveted glow. But what if you’re not getting that restorative sleep you need? Or you just can’t calm down at night? We rounded up six of our favorite ways to capitalize on the sleep you do get—and help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer and wake up refreshed.
Pre-Bed: Create a Routine
Creating a consistent pre-bed ritual helps trigger your brain to realize it’s time to slow down, and get ready for rest. Starting to wind down at least an hour before you want to fall asleep is ideal. Try a cup of tea or a sleep supplement to give your body the heads up that it’s time to relax.
Caffeine-free, this herbal blend combines soothing lemon balm with valerian, a flower known to alleviate mild anxiety, and passion flower, which has a long history of use as a sleep aid.
A powerful blend of more than 10 carefully selected ingredients, this powder includes passionflower, lemon balm, bio-fermented turmeric and pawpaw leaf, sour cherry, clove bud, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and black pepper. Turmeric is a potent antioxidant and has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to aid digestion, and sour cherry is naturally rich in melatonin.
At Bedtime: Create a Soothing Environment
Once you’ve wound down and given your body time to decompress, creating a soothing sleep environment can really guide your body into the zzzzzzzzzzs. Adding in a bedtime guided meditation can help further calm your mind, and adding in a few key essential oils and comforting sleep aids can give you an extra edge to relaxation.
This EO blend helps ease your body and soothe your mind so you can get a good night’s sleep. Palmarosa helps diminish anxiety; sandalwood quiets the mind; vetiver soothes and helps with relaxation; and ylang ylang encourages peace. Keep a vial close at hand and apply before bedtime to help relax and sedate your mind and body.
These self-heating eye masks that will transport you to another dimension, relieving tiredness, eye strain and many other Earthly tensions. The warmth comes alive as soon as you open it, and the jasmine scent lifts and calms.
While You Are Sleeping: Help Your Skin Repair
Those precious hours while you’re dozing give your skin a break, and the chance to recover from any wounds, inflammation or injury from the day. Your body knows how to do it well on its own if you’re catching all your zzzzzs, but sometimes it could use a little boost. Try an overnight treatment meant to capitalize on your rest time, and wake up with brighter, happier skin.
Powerful, antioxidant-rich fruits including prickly pear, goji berry and red raspberry seed feed skin important nutrients and repair oxidative stress from daytime sun exposure and pollution to remedy signs of aging while you sleep. Herbivore’s hyaluronic acid is bio-identical and vegan, while being deeply hydrating and improving skin’s elasticity. It’s also a powerful humectant that draws and holds water in the skin for maximum hydration.
This potent serum calms and detoxifies irritated, dry or sensitive skin. Using sea buckthorn oil, a powerhouse of essential fatty acids, flavonoids, carotenes and vitamins, it nourishes and brightens skin. Pomegranate seed targets free radical damage while olive-derived squalane imparts deep and lasting moisture. Algae and Seaweed extracts give skin a firmer appearance, overnight.