A Note From Kate: Good Night, Sleep Tight

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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.

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Cynde Renae Early
Cynde Renae Early

Cozy up next to a fire, roasting marshmallows, reading a good book...Fall is a wonderful time to relax in the cool evenings with a hoodie on and a good friend, or a special book, to just enjoy nature and the smell of the outdoors. Whether in the mountains, the beach, the plains....it doesn't matter....look up at the stars and feel the air on your skin and soak in the heavens. \U0001f60a