6 Tips for Natural Beauty Sleep

Allow me to set up the reason for this blog post. I know there are a lot of articles and blog posts out there about how to fall asleep naturally, so nothing I'm about to say is rocket science or ground breaking information.

I started working at Starbucks when I was 16, and often opened on the weekends and eventually after I graduated, on weekday. "Opening", for those of you not familiar with the Starbucks employee schedule, means your shift starts around 4:00am. I learned very quickly that I don't function well off little sleep, and the only way to get a decent night sleep was to fall asleep by 7:30pm every night, and that wasn't happening. That's when I discovered the magic of ZZZquil, and I've been using it ever since.

Fast forward to today. I've been dealing with pleurisy (a lung infection), which prohibits the use of my trusty ZZZquil, because it basically might make my brain forget to breathe while I'm asleep, and I hear that's dangerous. So my findings for natural beauty sleep were technically on accident, since I no longer had my handy dandy sleep aid to force me to get my 8 hours every night.

So without further adieu, here is the magical equation I've found that works for me, maybe it will work for you too!

1. Unplugging

One of my habits that bothers my cowboy is that I constantly seem to be buried in some form of an electronic device. Whether it's being on my laptop answering late night work emails, or my unhealthy addiction to Instagram, it's rare that I don't have a device in my hand. I've been making an effort to stop using all electronic devices an hour before I want to go to bed. That "glow" from the screen keeps your brain stimulated and doesn't allow for relaxation. Before you even go to bed, stop with the devices and focus on winding down. Once you're in bed, leave the phone on the nightstand and don't give in to late night Instagram scrolling.

2. Tea Time

A late night cup of tea is a really lovely way to end your night. Make it an enjoyable moment by making it a little extra special. I enjoy Sleepy Time Tea with a little bit of lavender honey in my favorite Anthropologie mug. Brew and enjoy about 20 minutes before you head off to bed. 

3. Keep it Consistent

Even if I'm not necessarily feeling ready to sleep, I make sure to go to bed at the same time every night. A regular schedule keeps your body clock in check, even on weekends. 

4. The Magic of Essential Oils

I am a complete essential oil junkie. They have been my complete lifesaver during my transition into natural sleep. I diffuse a combination of lavender, eucalyptus and cedarwood in the best little diffuser, found here on Amazon. I also use a pre-diluted roll on "Relax" synergy blend from Plant Therapy Essential Oils that promotes peacefulness and relieves tension. 

5. Comfort is Key

Take the time to invest in beautiful sheets and a fluffy duvet. There's nothing like climbing into a bed that feels like buttery heaven to better facilitate a good night's rest. It also helps to buy some jammies that you feel really comfortable and happy in. Anthropologie has some of my favorite pjs that make going to sleep a luxurious experience. 

6. Have a Night Time Beauty Routine

Following the same beauty routine every night has a way to tricking your brain into knowing it's time to go to sleep. Follow the same steps in the same order each night, and make sure to use products you really love and make you feel like you're pampering yourself for your beauty rest. Check out some of my favorites here, here, and here.

Sweet dreams!

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