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Wind-down rituals: sweet dreams are made of these.
Olivia Drake
20 Aug
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Sleep is the new juice cleanse. You can try all the reboots you like but if you aren’t getting a deep, nocturnal rest then you’re missing the most powerful detox of all. To some, this might mean bedtime just got boring, but catching Zs doesn’t have to be such a yawn. Cultivate your very own slumber party with a few winding-down rituals to send you to your dreams in style.

Advice
|20 Aug|4 mins

Pillowtalk

Wind-down rituals: sweet dreams are made of these.
Olivia Drake
20 Aug
Share:

Sleep is the new juice cleanse. You can try all the reboots you like but if you aren’t getting a deep, nocturnal rest then you’re missing the most powerful detox of all. To some, this might mean bedtime just got boring, but catching Zs doesn’t have to be such a yawn. Cultivate your very own slumber party with a few winding-down rituals to send you to your dreams in style.

Winona Ryder, 1994, thanks to Getty Images.

Cosy on up

Leave your day at the door like you’re about to enter a Japanese onsen. This will give your body a cue that chillax time has begun. Strip down, scrub up and silk yourself, or don whatever are your jimjams of choice. Yes, pyjamas must spark joy too. Nobody wants to look like an unmade bed. Comfort, warmth and breathability is the sleepwalking formula, but don’t forget to sprinkle a little hedonism to the mix. Think lush like Wes Anderson’s yellow robes in Hotel Chevalier. Optional: a cuddling partner as cute as Schwartzman.

Sip your bliss

The new nightcap is a warming brew of super-herbs. Teas like chamomile are the ultimate for tranquility. Or ancient ayurveda recipe Golden Milk (aka the turmeric latte). We also love Moon Juice’s no-fuss adaptogenic sachets called Dream Dust loaded with exotic flowers and roots to encourage a rejuvenating rest.   

Disconnect

Simply put when the sun is up we should be active, when the sun goes down we should be tuning out, not scrolling Insta. Along with messing up our body clocks the blue lights from our beloved tech gadgets energise the mind and decrease our melatonin production. Not only should electronics be banned from in bed but - gulp - curfews are also recommended. Shutting down devices at least two hours before bed is the general expert consensus.

Trust your animal instincts

The eight-hour sleep cycle myth is quickly getting debunked. Genetics play a big part in how your circadian rhythm functions. Sleep psychologist Dr. Michael Breus has documented the different chronotypes of humans in his book The Power of When. Are you a lion, dolphin, wolf or bear? Whichever spirit animal you might be, he explains, the optimal dinner, bed and wake up time to get the most out of your delta (your deepest most restorative sleep). Good news for those who prefer the moon to the early rays of the sun.

Create a sacred space

It’s all about the S-words when it comes to boudoir etiquette. Sleep, sex and a place to heal when sick. Feng shui’s been saying it for centuries. General rule of thumb: bed is not a place for doing so don’t keep stuff in there like your tennis racquet or your laptop. Clutter is connected to stress so decor the room simply and with neutral colours. Using under your bed as storage is tempting but be warned it’s seriously bad energy juju.

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