3 Products That Will Help You Sleep Better
It's no secret that a good night's sleep will have you feeling and looking good, but getting those [suggested] seven hours could be a challenge. You've tried everything—breathing exercises, counting sheep, and a glass of wine or tea—and yet, nothing helps, and you continue to toss and turn. As creatives, we're also over-thinkers and our mind is always going; I'm not a night owl, but I find that when it's time to hit the sack, that's when my mind is going a mile-a-minute thinking about everything I need and want to do. Obviously, I have an issue with sleeping, and over time I've tried just about everything to sleep through the night; recently I found three products that will help you sleep better at night.
Pink Himalayan Salt Lamp
We've seen these around salons and spa, but I'll be honest, I never knew what they were until recently. For the holiday's, my mother gifted me a Pink Himalayan Salt Lamp, and if you don't have one, you need to pick on up. Himalayan salt lamps are large pieces of pure Himalayan salt that have a small bulb inside; they can be solid pieces of salt (as pictured) or decorative baskets filled with large crystals of salt. When the lamp is turned on, the bulb heats up the crystals and releases negative ions that counter-balance the positive ions that can affect the quality of your sleep. The positive ions that are in the air are positively charged particles that reduce the blood and oxygen supply to the brain, resulting in irregular sleep patterns. Salt lamps are natural negative ion generators; while they can enhance your sleep patterns, they can also help you realize stress, headaches, migraines, and your mood.
Bath and Body, Lavender Chamomile Aromatherapy Collection
One of my favorites scents to use in the evening is lavender; it's a calming aroma that helps to promote sleep. Lavender is a flowering plant that's in the mint family; studies have shown that it can slow down blood pressure and your heart rate, as well as, put you in a parasympathetic, relaxed state. This combination combined with Chamomile (a herb that soothes and relaxes the body) is in Bath and Body's sleep aromatherapy collection. During the after holiday sale, I picked up both the body lotion and body scrub and have been using it nightly; to my surprise, the products are helping me get to sleep faster and keeping me relaxed through the night. The key is to use the products right before bed and once applied, inhale deeply to ingest the full aroma. The product line also includes a pillow and body mist, foam bath, and much more.
Natural sounds—rain, rustling leaves or a rushing water stream—are sounds that create a calm, peaceful atmosphere; they can also help you sleep better. Natural noises are less likely to annoy you and will also block out noises that the brain would interpret as a threat. Because of this, the sound of nature will help you sleep better; think how you feel when it rains or when you're on a beach, you can create the same calming feeling with the 'Rain-Rain' app. I've had this app for years and recently started using it again; the app allows you to use one sound or create a combination of custom sounds of rain, birds, or crackling fire. The sounds are very natural and will lure you into focusing on the sounds rather than your thoughts or surroundings; this is a must-have app for anyone who has trouble sleeping.
Guys, you must get sleep; your body and style are dependent on it.