If you share any interest in the world of health and wellness (or in your own health and wellness, at the very least) there’s a very good chance that you’ve stumbled across information about the importance of sleep. When Deepak Chopra was recently in Toronto, he spent a significant portion of his talk on the subject of sleep, and in his article here you’ll find more on just how beneficial it is for your body from helping balance your hormones to fighting Alzheimer’s disease.
I’ll openly admit that I’m not naturally a very good sleeper, although I wish I was oh-so-badly. Oftentimes I go to bed way too late (I’ve always been more of a night owl than an early bird) and I’m generally a light sleeper who tosses and turns, and wakes up multiple times throughout the night.
Now that I’m on the verge of 31, I’m starting to face the harsh realities of what my body can handle now that I’m no longer 21, or even just 25. The difference is drastic, and this girl is TIRED. I notice now more than ever just how affected I am by a good or bad night’s sleep. My mood, my skin, my body, my motivation–the results can be drastic in very positive or negative ways.
Since getting a good night’s sleep has become somewhat of a new obsession for me (it sounds easy, until you realize it’s really not easy at all for a lot of people) here I’m sharing some of the ways I’m investing in a getting a better night’s sleep this winter.
Admittedly when I went to visit SILK + PALM for the first time it was for cosmetic reasons (I wanted to try the Acupuncture Facial) but after discussing my difficulty managing stress and sleep, the owner, Kacie, shared that she often treats her clients for sleep using acupuncture. Attending regular acupuncture appointments isn’t always easy on your wallet, but this winter I’ll definitely be booking a few sessions that will focus on helping me get a better night’s sleep to see if it helps.
Ah meditation, it seems to be all the rage these days! And for good reason–it offers a mindful escape from the chaotic world we live in. According to Harvard Medical School, meditation will “evoke the relaxation response” and can help fight insomnia as well as improve your sleep. I don’t think meditation is easy for many of us but thankfully there are tons of apps to help guide you and stay focused. If you’re in search of a bit of help don’t miss our post on 5 easy ways to get into meditation!
Does anyone like waking up from their slumber with the noise of an abrasive alarm? I don’t think so. While many of us would surely love to wake up naturally every morning, most of us unfortunately don’t have that luxury. When the days get darker, waking up in the mornings can feel especially hard, which is why I love relying on the help of the Philips Wake-Up Light to wake me up gently with its warm glow and natural sounds. Using a Philips Wake-Up Light isn’t like having someone flip on the bedroom lights to wake you up (like my dad used to do when I was a kid and I hated it!) but rather its ‘Sunrise Stimulation‘ gradually fills your room with a warm light, and slowly introduces your choice of 5 natural sounds or FM radio. According to Philips, 92% of users agree that the Wake-Up Light makes it easier to get out of bed, and having been a fan of this “alarm clock” for a few years now, I honestly couldn’t agree more. Seriously, when I’ve had to wake up in the wee hours of the night to catch a flight or for early morning TV segments, this thing has been a total game-changer! Using this light helps me wake up a ‘Happy Gracie’ vs. ‘Grumpy Gracie’.
Since we spend about one third of our lives sleeping, it only makes sense that we would invest in where we sleep the same way we would with anywhere else we spend a lot of our time, right? I think we’ve all got our preferences when it comes to room temperature when we’re sleeping, but it’s also important to ensure our bedding is soft, comfortable and, most importantly, breathable. For whatever reason, having nice bedding also makes me more excited to get into bed so, for this reason, I recently decided to splash out on some high-quality flannel sheets (made of 100% cotton) to stay extra cozy while in bed this winter.
Now that the days get darker earlier, I also enjoy getting in my PJs WAY earlier and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone here. I mean, hanging out at home in a pair of cozy PJs is THE BEST. However, if you happen to live in a home like mine where people like to show up at your door at all hours of the day and night, it can get a little embarrassing at times to always be caught in your PJs. I recently discovered a Toronto-based company called Soft Focus that makes loungewear that looks like real clothing (think a crisp oxford shirt) but is designed with your downtime in mind. With their super chic cuts and breathable fabrics, you can bet I would happily wear these to bed too.
Although my Philips Wake-Up Light does a fantastic job of helping me get up in the morning, I often still need some help getting to sleep at night. One of my favourite ways to get sleepier, faster, is to drink a sleepy time tea made with Lavender. If you have never had lavender tea, I will warn you: It will knock you out, fast! Plus, it’s really delicious, so enjoy! One of my favourite nighttime teas that I purchase regularly is the organic ‘Serenity Now‘ blend from DavidsTea.
Essential oils are another great way to help you relax and get ready for settling in to bed. Even if you don’t have a diffuser at home, you can use essential oils on your wrists, dabbed behind your ears or even on your feet to help you calm down after a long day. Some of the essential oils for reducing stress and helping you relax include oils like lavender, bergamot, rose and ylang ylang.
For more information on the Philips Wake-Up Light, click HERE!
(Story by Editor-in-Chief, Gracie Carroll)
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