STRUGGLING TO GET IN A FULL NIGHT OF BEAUTY REST? OUR FRIENDS AT AVOCADO GREEN MATTRESS CREATE THE ROUTINE DREAMS ARE MADE OF WITH THESE FIVE TIPS FOR A QUALITY NIGHT OF CLEANSING SLEEP.
1. Eat an Early Dinner with Sleep-Promoting Foods.
Try to eat an earlier dinner to allow time for digestion before bed. An ideal meal would be salmon with a kale salad and side of quinoa.
Why? Most fish, and in particular salmon and tuna, are packed with vitamin B6—which is needed to make the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. Kale and other leafy greens provide calcium. A deficiency in this key vitamin can make it harder to fall asleep. Whole grains are rich in magnesium. Magnesium deficiency has been correlated with higher levels of stress and anxiety—which can also make it difficult to fall asleep.
End the evening with WelleCo SLEEP WELLE Calming Tea, an all-natural and effective blend of herbs that promote an overall sense of calm, relaxation, and wellbeing.
2. Detox Your Bedroom with a Natural Mattress and Pillows.
Sleep is the ultimate time for your body to cleanse and repair. This is why it’s essential to sleep in a toxin-free, healthy environment. Upgrading to a natural, non-toxic mattress and pillows provides a safe space for rest and recovery. If you’ve converted to green beauty products and are drinking your SUPER ELIXIR daily, it’s time to detox your bedroom too —it is, after all, where you’ll spend a third of your life!
Avocado Green Mattress makes eco-luxury mattresses with all-natural and organic materials—like 100% natural latex (tapped from sustainably harvested trees in Asia), wool, and organic cotton. Their entire mattress is Greenguard Gold certified, which means it meets some of the most rigorous tests out there for chemical exposure. Their mattresses (and pillows!) are free from polyurethane foams, toxic flame retardants, and chemical adhesives. They also sleep comfortably cool because of their natural, breathable materials.
3. Develop a Pre-Sleep Routine.
Going to bed at the same time each night can help you fall asleep faster and maintain a more regular sleep schedule. It can also help regulate metabolism. If you need a friendly reminder, set an alarm! When it goes off, that is your cue to begin your evening routine.
4. Meditate or Try Sleep Yoga to Wind Down.
Use an app for a guided meditation, or simply sit quietly and focus on your breath. Let the worries of the day go! Try journaling if you find you still have a lot of noise and chatter in your head. Yoga Nidra or “sleep yoga” is another practice to try if you need help transitioning from day to evening. Another good option is to do a light bedtime stretching routine to promote relaxation.
5. Ditch the Screens in Favor of a Good Book.
By now, we are all aware that the blue lights emitted from our screens can confuse our brains and disrupt natural circadian rhythms. It’s best to power-down your devices for about an hour or so before bed to give your brain a rest.
A great alternative is a good (but fairly light) read that you look forward to opening each night—yet doesn’t leave you on the edge of your seat. Self-help books, work-related books, or intense novels might not be the best choice for this time of day.