Sometimes I wake up in the morning, look at my baggy under-eyes, messy hair, and lifeless skin, and I wonder if I ever actually sleep at all or if I spend the entire night sleepwalking a marathon and don’t even realize it. It’s hard to constantly get good rest, and even harder to look well-rested, but I’ve narrowed down a pretty good routine to give my body the best night of sleep possible, and wake up feeling (and looking) refreshed. Here are my tips:
Stop looking at screens at least 30 minutes before bed
Most research articles will tell you to even go an hour or two, but sometimes I have trouble turning mine off that far in advance. All I know is that if the bluelight causes your brain to continue working hard right up until the second you close your eyes, it’ll be harder to lull into sleep.
Practice meditation and/or deep breathing
Another reason I like to keep my phone out just a bit longer: I use the Headspace app for ten minutes of concentrated meditation and centering before bed. I also love using it in the morning, but when I use it at night, it’s primarily to help slow my breathing and heart-rate so I get tired faster.
Drink a cup of (decaf) tea
My favorite is the “Calming” tea by Yogi. If I don’t have that on hand, chamomile will do just fine.
Take a hot bath
In the same way that hot tubs relax the body and make you sleepy, a hot bath will knock you out in no time. Throw in whatever LUSH products you have on hand, and let the stresses of the day melt right off of you.
Read a good book
I actually like to do this while in the bath. Somehow I’ve managed to never drop my book in the water. The only hard part about this tip is if you’re a bookworm like me, you might want to stay up even later because …. just one more chapter, please!
Do some bedtime yoga
I use this yoga routine almost every night, and let me tell you, by the time I’ve wrapped up, I can’t stop yawning!
Diffuse lavender essential oils
I love to put a few drops of lavender essential oils into my diffuser before bed. Sometimes I even put a little in my bath, then again on my pillow. The scent is incredibly calming and almost like an all-natural muscle relaxer.
Use VIIcode’s “Oxygen Eye Mask for Dark Circles”
I just recently discovered this amazing product, and I am hooked! I recently shared with my Insta fam about how my under-eyes have looked like I got punched in the face since I was a little girl. No, really, people used to think I was getting beaten up. A lot of it has to do with allergies, and the rest is just a pigmentation thing. However, after just 3 uses of these eye masks overnight, I am shocked with how much brighter and lifelike I look when I wake up. The masks are meant to be worn for eight hours – a little different from your typical 15-30 minute masks – so they suggest overnight use. You don’t need to wear them every night to see results, just 2-3 times a week. Three boxes is considered a full treatment, and there are six packets in each box. The gel-like material is cooling and comfortable under the eye, which I’m grateful for, since that area is very sensitive. There’s nothing to wash off after use. You’re just left feeling refreshed and looking much more awake!
Highlight/line your under-eyes with white
This is a relatively new trick for me. After I put on all my makeup, I like to go back with my Stargazer powder (a bright white powder – so I wouldn’t suggest this product if you’re not fair-skinned), and dust it on beneath my eyes. I also use a smaller brush to pack on just a little bit of the powder to my lower waterline. This helps counter the red in your eyes, and brightens your whole face. I’ve found that it dramatically reduces the appearance of dark circles!
So, there are all my tips. After many years of trial and error, I’ve gotten this down to a science, and my life is all the better for it. I no longer look like an absolute zombie when I totter down the stairs each morning, but instead, I feel and look much more awake! What are your tips for a good night sleep or appearing well-rested?
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