There’s a real science to sleep, and I’ve seen fascinating studies on the subject as well as apps that can track the user’s sleeping habits. I find that I get my best rest by winding down at bedtime with a few simple rituals.
First, I treat my bedroom like a sanctuary by keeping it clean and uncluttered to promote serenity and calm. However, the way in which you outfit your bedroom is personal for everyone. I love to wake up and watch the news, so I have a television, but some people like keeping technology out of the bedroom altogether. For busy people, a great tip is to charge your cell phone in a different room when you go to bed and allow yourself to truly disconnect.
One of my favorite ways to wind down at bedtime is with a cup of Natural Calm by Natural Vitality (it contains both calcium and magnesium, which is good for women). Before settling into bed, I make sure that my bedroom is cool (between 68 and 70 degrees is said to be optimal). I also dot a few drops of lavender essential oils on my wrists, rub my hands together and touch them to my temples and behind my ear before finally laying down.