Get Yo Beauty Sleep

I almost waited to post about this till next week, but I was reminded how important this is today.

After an awesome whirlwind weekend at my mom’s house in New Jersey filled with bridal showers, friend visits, puppy parties and cleanups, I got back to Baltimore today exhausted.

Plus that whole losing an hour thing.

When I was told I should take a break and rest today, I quickly snapped back “I DON’T HAVE TIME.”

And then I realized I’m pretty much this kid:

After realizing a few hours later that I had to urge to eat 2 lunches because I was so wiped out, I took that sage advice and took a nap.

And you know what? It was glorious, and totally turned my day around.

I’ve always had trouble sleeping at night from the time I was a kid, so I truly understand first hand what an effect a good (or bad) night’s sleep can have.

Lack of sleep can lead to elevated blood pressure, increased risk of heart disease, and can trigger anxiety and depression.

So here are a few tried and true methods for gettin yo beauty sleep!

  • Turn devices off 1 hour before bedtime.  I get it, it’s easy to fall asleep scrolling through Pinterest, and a habit to check your email 10 million times before you hit the hay, but it can make it way harder to fall and stay asleep!  That goes for TV, phones, and tablets.  The blue light from these devices makes it harder for your brain to produce melatonin, the hormone that promotes restful sleep.
  • Blue-blocking glasses.  If you totally ignore my first tip or need to get some work done in the hours before bed, check out these super cool blue-blocking, orange sunglasses!  These babies will take care of most of that blue light for you, before it can wreak havoc in your brain.
  • F.lux.  I have this app on my Macbook and I love it!  It filters out some of the blue light on your computer screen on a timer depending on your bedtime  Little by little, the screen dims to an orange-y color to block out the blue light (dig out those color wheels art students) in the hours leading up to bed. 
  • Melatonin.  Supplementing with melatonin can be helpful if you suspect your brain maybe isn’t producing enough on its own.  Taking a supplement helps signal to your body that it’s time for sleep, so many people find it helpful.  1 mg is typically recommended, and it’s worth mentioning that if you feel that you need melatonin to sleep on a long-term basis, you may have other underlying issues contributing to your sleeplessness that you should talk to your doctor about.
  • Magnesium.  Many people are deficient in magnesium, which can lead to a variety of issues including muscle cramps, insomnia, irritability, and anxiety.  Getting enough magnesium in your diet can help you feel more relaxed, which leads to better sleep.  Foods high in magnesium include almonds, kelp, avocado, beans, cashews, brown rice, dates, and collard greens.
  • 4-7-8 Breath. I love love love this technique for relaxation at night (and all day!).  Basically, you breathe in for 4 counts, hold for 7, breathe out for 8.  Check out Dr. Weil’s video for a demonstration and a great list of benefits and uses.  

What about you?

What are your favorite methods for good sleep?