How to Unwind and Relax Yourself Before Bedtime

Do your days seem never ending? Sometimes it can feel like you never have time for YOU. If you’re going, going, going until your head hits the pillow, you may need to plug some de-stressing and unwinding time into your evening before heading to bed, because your own wellness should always be a top priority.

Constant movement and stimulation causes stress on the body, leading to inflammation, digestive issues and anxiety, which makes getting a good night’s sleep a whole lot harder. If you find that you’re wired and tired all at the same time when you’re going to bed, here are some ways to unwind at the end of the day.

UNPLUG AND RECHARGE

Just like your cell phone needs time to recharge, you also need to put yourself in a timeout at the end of the day to help the mind unwind:

Set boundaries – and stick to them!

Have an Electronics Curfew

Limit Screen Time

 

EAT FOODS TO PUT YOU IN A SLEEPY MOOD!

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EAT FOODS TO PUT YOU IN A SLEEPY MOOD

Certain foods help our bodies produce and release natural hormones that make us feel sleepy:

 

Protein-rich foods are high in tryptophan, while carbohydrates are needed to unlock tryptophan. Enjoying these foods at dinner and before bedtime can help take you into a world of Zen.

Avoid these foods late in the day that can cause discomfort or alertness and keep you awake:

 

ENJOY THESE DRINKS BEFORE BED!

CHERRY VANILLA SLEEPYTIME SMOOTHIE

two beautiful red smoothies with a bowl of cherries on the side

Serving Size: 1

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Place all ingredients listed in order into a blender and combine to desired consistency.

 

MOON MILK

two cups of golden milk with a honeycomb on the side

Serving Size: 1

Ingredients

Note: Traditional moon milk incorporates ashwagandha for stress relief. Please consult your doctor before trying any new supplement.

Preparation

  1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk milk with selected spice powder, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, anise. Steep for 10 minutes, until flavors fully develop.
  2. Remove from heat and incorporate honey to serve. Consider garnishing milk with fragrant dried edible flowers for additional aromatherapy.

 

RESTFUL AND RELAXING ACTIVITIES

Find one or a few activities that take you away from daily obligations to help get your body relaxed and ready for a good night’s sleep:

Taking the time to unwind at the end of the day not only helps you get a good night’s sleep but it allows you to be at your best during the day for yourself and others.  

 

TIPS FOR UNWIND TIME DO’S & DON’TS!

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