Start a Nightly Winding Down Ritual
Life is hectic – I'm pretty sure we can all agree on that – but what are you doing about it? Do you have a daily winding down ritual to help you shake off the stress and pressures of the day, fall asleep faster, and stay asleep longer? If the answer is no, now is the time to start!
Steps to the Winding Down Ritual:
2 Hours Before Bed
- Start shutting off unnecessary lights around the house and lowering necessary ones.
- Turn off all electronics, except the ones playing soothing sounds like meditations, audiobooks, and calming music.
- If you shower or bathe at night, do so with the lights out or by candle light. Listen to calming sounds during this time.
- Brew an herbal tea with calming properties, like the following:
- California Poppy
- Valerian Root
- Lemon Balm
- Rhodiola Rosea Root
Usually, I brew a cup of Sleepytime Tea by Celestial Seasons, or Soothing Carmel Bedtime Tea by Yogi. I allow my tea bag to steep for 15 to 30 minutes, then, I remove the tea bag and reheat the tea. Afterward, I sweeten it with about half a teaspoon on raw honey. Then, just before the last gulp of tea, I add one dropper-full of Deep Sleep by Herbs Etc. This herbal remedy promotes a full night's sleep, and doesn't stop working like hormonal remedies like Melatonin. With this routine, I am asleep within 15 to 30 minutes after drinking the tea and drops, and I sleep for a full 8 hours.