According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need an average of 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Easy for them to say. Racking up your daily dose of shut-eye is no easy feat with life’s everyday stresses traipsing through your head as soon as it hits the pillow. When counting sheep doesn’t bring on the ZZZ’s, battle sleeplessness with one of these calming tricks from the spa and beauty world.
Create a bedtime spa ritual. Most experts say that when you’ve tossed and turned and tossed again, get up and do something that relieves the restlessness. Try: A bedtime ritual using remedies from the Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Sleep collection (pictured). Start with a bubbly Lavender Vanilla Dream Bath ($16.50), slather on the Warm Milk & Honey Body Lotion ($13) and spritz the bedroom with Lavender Chamomile Concentrated Room Spray ($5). The expansive Sleep collection is available at Bath & Body Works stores and bathandbodyworks.com.
Set the scene. Aromatherapy candles, linen sprays and essential oil blends with calming botanicals like lavender and chamomile give off sleep-inducing aromas that open the door to lala land. Try: Lavanila Vanilla Lavender Healthy Candle with and a calming blend of warm Spanish Lavender, Madagascar Vanilla and Rose Absolute, $32 at Sephora stores and lavanila.com. Also try Deserving Thyme Rest Assured Pillow & Linen Spray, $10 at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, other select Valley spa boutiques and deservingthyme.com. Remember, if you light a candle at bedtime, let it burn only until the wax has heated up then blow it out so the aroma can dissipate (and to avoid a fire!).
Take a chill pill. If anxiety and stress are keeping you up, a natural sleep remedy can calm your nerves and bring on the sleep. Try: Sprayology SleepEase, a homeopathic oral spray with chamomile and organic alcohol. Just two to three sprays under your tongue helps curb restlessness with an FDA-regulated, 100% natural homeopathic blend of ingredients. $20 at select spa boutiques and sprayology.com.
Slip into comfort. Settle into a cozy bed draped in calming white linens and puffy pillows. Try: Westin at Home linens and blankets from the Heavenly Bed collection. A decade ago, Westin Resorts & Hotels surveyed its guests on what they wanted from their accommodations. The overwhelming answer? You guessed it — a good night’s sleep. In response, the Westin Heavenly Bed was born. All 10 layers, from the mattress to the pillows and every billowy white bedding set in between are available at westin-hotelsathome.com. The entire bedding set starts at $1,275 with sheets, blankets, pillows and duvets sold separately.
Take a tip from an expert. Speaking of the Heavenly Bed, the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale is so passionate about their guests getting a good night’s sleep, they have appointed their very own Chief of Sleep, Carlos Romero. Here are his top tips for getting a good night’s sleep.
- Sleep in complete darkness in a cool environment.
- Don’t exercise for at least 3 hours before bedtime.
- If you’re lying in bed for more than 15 minutes and can’t fall asleep, get up and do something. Try taking a warm bath, reading or meditating to help clear your mind.
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