6 things that will help you sleep
Everyone needs a little help now and then’especially when it comes to sleeping. These six things will help you relax and get a good night’s rest
Cookies and milk
The tryptophan in milk will help you feel sleepy, but you need some carbs to get it where you want it to go in your brain, says Mary Susan Esther, M.D., and president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Cookies are her carb of choice. Just make sure to choose a low-fat variety and eat them in moderation.
Soothing sound machine
Street noise, a restless neighbour or even sounds around the house can be very disruptive if you’re having trouble nodding off. A sound machine can help drown out the annoying noise around you.
This adorable Sleep Sheep On The Go is meant for infants, but the four nature sounds are soothing for a restless sleeper of any age. Plus, it’s a much cuter addition to your nightstand than a regular sound machine. $30, chapters.indigo.ca.
Studies show that the effects of herbal fragrances such as lavender reduce stress levels. In one study, people exposed to lavender showed an increase in the type of brain waves that suggest increased relaxation. A quick spritz of soothing lavender water on your pillows before bed will help calm your exhausted mind.
Add a little glam to your nighttime routine with this Life Candy Sleep Mask. Not only will the Holly Golightly-inspired mask block out light so that you can get some rest, you’ll look darn cute getting your beauty sleep. One pair of earplugs is included for added sleep comfort. $6, well.ca.
Lower the temperature of your bedroom before you climb into bed, says Becky Wang-Cheng, M.D., a medical director at Kettering Medical Center in Ohio. Lower temperatures signal your body it’s time to sleep. Try cooling down a stuffy room with an electric fan like this 12-in. Table Fan from the Rona Collection. $43, rona.ca.
Buy silky, natural-fibre sheets in a soothing colour, like these ivory-coloured Coyuchi Organic Cotton Sateen Sheets from Grassroots ($80 each, grassrootsstore.com). They’re made from 100 percent certified organic cotton grown and made without any pesticides, chlorine bleach or chemical softeners. Add an exquisitely soft cashmere throw for the bed, a hypoallergenic down comforter and pillows, pillows and more pillows.