Good Morning Beautiful: Steps to take before bed for a better morning

25 Oct

The importance of sleep is often placed on the back burner.  We are all guilty of wishing there were more hours in a day or even scrimping on a few hours of sleep here and there- but this not only effects us in the short run, but can produce serious health risks later down the road.

According to Harvard Health Publications, there are several aspects of our health that are affected by sleep, for instance: learning and memory, metabolism and weight, overall mood, cardiovascular health and much more.

The average adult functions best as a result of sleeping 7-8 hours each night but it is important to asses your sleep needs on an individual basis.  I know sometimes it can be extremely difficult to get an adequate night’s sleep so I wanted to let you in on a few of my secrets- early to bed early to rise is my motto and this is how I achieve that.

Incorporate a sleep mask into your routine

Whether you sleep during the daylight hours or simply have a sensitivity to light like myself a soft, 100% light blocking sleep mask will do wonders for your snooze routine.  And depending on just how fancy you want to get, you can find a sleep mask that is scented with your favorite night time aroma.

Snuggle up to a body pillow

If you are a side sleeper the extra support and stability provided by the use of a body pillow will drastically change how well you sleep in addition to how you feel in the morning. Your back, hips and neck are highly prone to pain and soreness as you sleep.  If you can’t afford a big fancy mattress the more affordable solution is a body pillow.  You can find them at almost any price range- many companies produce them like well-known mattress brand name Tempur-Pedic.

Put on your gloves

Lathering your hands up with moisturizing hand creams before bed helps keep your hands soft, smooth and looking younger but the right scented creams can actually help you sleep. Aromatherapy has been proven as a successful sleep agent and soothing scents such as lavender and chamomile help you relax and fall asleep. 



Turn on the Tunes

Soothing sounds can help you drift off into never land.  Whether its the sound of rain, waterfalls of just quiet, calm, soft sounds – music has been proven to ease us into sleep.  The iTunes store has a vast array of “sleep aid” music you can download and sync to your iPod.

3 Responses to “Good Morning Beautiful: Steps to take before bed for a better morning”

  1. KLASSICTHRASH at 4:28 AM #

    ACE- You are the most classic chic chick! I love your blog, and your step-by-step ways to open and close. which I of course forgot at work. I will see ya in the a.m pal

  2. KARLIE at 8:40 PM #

    Great blog, I also love to curl up to a body pillow for good sleep.

  3. Karlie Philpott at 9:19 PM #

    I totally agree with the suggestion of suggling up to a body pillow especially for side sleepers. It’s the only whay I can get the beauty sleep I need. The best side sleeper pillow I have found is the Avana Side sleeper.

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