All of this writing about The Design of Sleep (here and here) has got me thinking about my favorite routines for the ever illusive good night sleep. A perfect night sleep for me includes clean sheets, a relaxed state of mind, a tired body, and that extra special something that sets the intention around a deep and lovely sleep. That extra special something can come in a number of forms whether it is aroma therapy or a brewed beverage. Here are a few I have tried and have worked well:
Epsom Salts: There are so many benefits to Epsom Salts from flushing toxins and easing sore muscles to improved circulation and stress relief a 20 minute soak in an epsom bath can really do wonders for your health. During an epsom soak the magnesium ions break apart from the epsom salt and begin to relieve stress by promoting the production of serotonin and reducing the effects of adrenaline causing your whole body to begin to relax. I often take epsom baths during the winter to ward off the winter chill and fight colds but overtime I started to notice a pattern post bath, you are completely and utterly chilled out and drained of energy. It is similar to that feeling of getting out of the hot tub after a long day of skiing- you want to lie down and succumb to the delicious sleep you know awaits.
Good Night Dust: On a recent trip to LA I made sure to stop by the Moon Juice shop after having read all bout their dusts, powders, elixirs and milks here. Always looking for ways to lull myself to sleep I knew the good night dust was coming home with me well before I walked through the door. Stronger than a chamomile tea but more mild than a sleeping pill the good night dust is very calming as you feel yourself winding down after a long day. I have tried it both in nut milks and in water and the nut milks are far better. It does not dissolve very easily so I have found adding it to the warming nut milk and whisking vigorously is better than trying to mix it in a mug and I am sure blending it on a blender is even more effective if just a bit more labor intensive.