Updated: Sep 11, 2020
We're at our best when we've had a good night's sleep: we can think more clearly, we have more energy, and we perform better in all areas of our lives. However it can be difficult to have proper sleep every night of the week.
Working out puts a lot of stress on our central nervous system (CNS), looking at our phones and computers all day long throws our biological clock out of rhythm, and there are so many other factors affecting our sleep negatively.
We think having a routine for sleep is essential to ensure you make time to wind down and put your body on "night mode". Here is a list of 5 rituals we include in our own routines.
Note: Before you add any of these to your routine, we recommend turning off all electronics at least 30 minutes before bed to avoid the negative effects of blue light.
There is so much hype around CBD at the moment, but does it really work? We decided to give it a try and definitely recommend it for recovery and sleep. FLEURS' Doze CBD tea will put you "in the mood" to get to bed. It will calm your nerves and allow you to wake up feeling fresh.
Our favourite app is Headspace, and UCLA also offers free pre-recorded meditations here. Whether you meditate for 2 or 20 minutes, meditation helps to calm your CNS and also brings you into the present moment.
Calming what? If you have not heard of tinctures, they are concentrated plant extracts from which you can get so many benefits. Our two favourites for sleep are the Good Goddess Sedatonic and FLEURS chill drops. We like to add them to our tea before bed.
Cleanse any stagnant energy by burning a stick of Palo Santo in your room. Palo Santo is a tree that grows on the coast of South America. Burning it has been used as a ritual for many centuries by South American shamans who say the smoke is medicinal. We like Good Goddess' organic Palo Santo.
Or writing. We like to take time to do either to help us get to sleep. Classics we like to re-read: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Novelties we liked: Where the Crawdads sing by Delia Owens and American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins.
To learn more about sleep, we recommend the following:
Book: Why we Sleep by Dr. Matthew Walker