Somehow living in the city that claims to never sleep can make you all the more aware of how seriously life-changing a good night’s rest can really be.
And yes, we’re actually talking about beauty here. Sleep is probably the essence of beauty and nothing tops a good night’s sleep when it comes to being fresh.
Ok, so it might not always be the absolute easiest thing in the world to accomplish (if you’ve ever been to NY, you’ll be familiar with the constant shrill of sirens…), and sometimes it can actually take a little practice. Or, even better, some great advice on what’s key to achieving
quality amazing optimal sleep. Every single night.
(Yes, even when you’ve got cramps, and the neighbors are having a band rehearsal at 2am)(Ok, we take that back — just try Advil and earplugs?)
We were all talking about it the other day, about what our pre-bed rituals are and what sleeping advice we would share… And it ranges, but there were a few common threads. Here are the ways we find it easiest to sleep, any night of the week. Some of them are new things we’re just embracing, and others are ideas we’ve road tested for years!
My whole life changed — I’m not kidding here, guys — my whole life changed when I bought my memory foam bed (it’s a Tempurpedic) for last year’s move. Being a photographer had given me some terrible back pains that I thought where unsolvable. Sleeping on any bed made my back hurt even more. Sleeping had become an exercise in finding one possible comfortable position and waking up in the middle of the night with a grin on my face.
Forget sleeping on my back. It was literally impossible. It had been so for years. Not going to go too much into details here, but the first night I spent on my bed, I couldn’t believe it. It’s like, suddenly, being held by a cloud. A soft but firm touch at the same time, almost impossible to explain.
I have to tell you the truth here, the two first weeks were almost weird. When you change positions in a memory foam bed, it doesn’t bounce. It’s real work. But the thing is, you’re much less likely to change position, because each position is literaly exquisite.
Anyway. A lot of people tell me I’ve never looked happier, and I believe a little (a big) part of it is sleeping in an amazing bed. I now sleep like a baby.
Oh, by the way. The back pain is gone. It’s crazy, but all the people that know can tell you. Getting that bed in my life has been a revolution.
So that was my advice number one. Get a great bed, and good sheets (mine are white linen and they add to the soft cloud feeling) and you’re almost halfway there.
To add to that, I never travel without my sleeping kit. You never know where there’s going to be too much noise, or too much light. A sleeping mask and some earplugs really improve the quality of your sleep.
And then it’s the details. I do sleep much better when I don’t “forget” (aka crash in front of a TV show with an ice cream spoon in my mouth) (yeah, that does happen) to do my toilette, and when the temperature of the room is on the colder side (now are the best nights, cold but not too cold). I sleep much better when I don’t eat right before sleeping, and I also love waking up super hungry (because my favorite activity in life is breakfast).
Oh, and you probably are dying to get my advice about jet lag (what do you mean you didn’t ask anything?) well, so, here it is: I don’t do anything. I let the jet lag carry me where it wants without stressing about it. If I wake up in the middle of the night, I’ll just read a book. If I’m tired during the day, I’ll have a coffee. Not getting obsessed about it is the best thing I’ve ever done against it ;)
Oh, also one piece of TMI info just for you, and that’s a pretty amazing one if you live with someone: my boyfriend and I always go to sleep at the same time. We say good night to each other and hold each other and it, like… Works like a charm.
Also (ok, I know I talk too much), when I want to wake up and it’s hard – one solution: Instagram. This thing will make you wide awake !!! That’s also why I don’t recommend checking it in the middle of the night. Instas Evil !!! ;)
In general, I fall quickly asleep every night. I’m always on the go, which helps — walking or riding my bike to and from work, and being out on shoots we never stop moving. But my go-to for falling asleep is to read a book — a real one, not on a screen. There are photos of me as a child asleep with a book in my hand and wearing eyeglasses I didn’t actually need (purely a vanity).
This year, I swore off using my phone right before going to sleep. Since reading this article, I’ve been trying to avoid any screen time for about an hour before bed (yep, that includes TV)(ok, so sometimes I cheat… a little). And, for me, it’s really worked wonders. I find it ten times easier to fall asleep, and that has amazing ripple-on effects (clearer skin, no bags under the eyes, better state of mind…). It’s kind of crazy how one small shift in your routine can really improve the quality of your sleep — and your relationship! ;)
I also always always always wash my face and brush my teeth, no matter how exhausted I might be. And I always end my routine with Philosophy’s renewed hope in a jar eye cream for, you know, renewed hope. Haha.
DO NOTHING IN YOUR BED except sleep (and loverly activities). After a few weeks, it’ll be hard to keep your eyes open once you get under the covers. (This was the advice from a doctor in high school and it’s worked for me ever since.)
I sleep the best when I’m in my “happy place”. If I’m too stressed out or my room is a mess, I am tossing and turning all night long! To get to my happy place, I always give my room a quick tidy, light a candle and watch one episode of my favorite upbeat TV show on Netflix (Neada, don’t kill me). But now, after reading the article that Neada sent to me about using electronic devices in bed, I might switch up my routine a bit and end the night with a tidy.
I love sleeping. I usually sleep 8 -10 hours a night — anything less than that and I am a dysfunctional human. Here are my sleeping beauty secrets: take off all makeup with Clinique Take The Day Off Cleaning Balm, wash my face with Chanel Le Blanc Intense Brightening Foam Cleanser, and now, since the weather is getting colder and my skin is getting dryer, I follow up and finish up with Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil. Then my feet have to be super clean or I freak out — so I wash them in the tub for 5 minutes with a simple bar of soap and slip into super cozy slippers!! I am obsessed with clean feet!! And then I get changed into the most comfortable sweatshirt and sweatpants combo imaginable. Snuggle and fall asleep in that little nook of my man’s arm.
My biggest thing is having a routine at night. I stop eating at least 2 hours before bed, try to relax with some TV or reading–but stop working–and then I do the same routine for washing my face, putting on my creams and serums and brushing my teeth every night, even when I’m traveling. No cell phone for 30 mins before I go to bed. Usually I end up passing out while my boyfriend is watching the news.
What puts you to sleep with ease? Do you have any bed rituals or rules you live (or sleep!) by?