How do you relax when you go to bed? Lately I’ve been standing in line funny podcasts while we are wrapped in our beloved The Brookline sheets. But I’m always curious about what other people do to slow their minds at night. Here are four tips, plus the staples I swear to a good night’s sleep…
1. Start with fresh plates. Sometimes I take an evening bath just because nothing feels better than shaved legs and clean sheets, don’t you think? Brooklinen’s classic percale sheets are super crispy (they feel like the cool side of the pillow), and their buttery soft luxury satin sheets become softer after each wash. (Wouldn’t either heather cashmere bedding make the ultimate Christmas present?)
2. Watch something light and fun. At the end of the day, I need a way to turn off my brain. So I like to read novels or magazine articles it makes me laugh. “Every time I go to bed I think, ‘Tonight is the night I want to read my book!'” filmmaker (and former CoJ editor) Stella Blackmon told us. “But then I end up seeing fan edits of Gilmore girls on YouTube until midnight.” For evening relaxation, prop yourself up against a mound of airy down pillows. They come in three versions – firm, mid-plush and plush – so you can find your perfect squish. (I recommend their best-selling mid-plush!)
3. Light a candle. In winter, we set up a scent station in our bedroom (with the help of nine-year-old Anton), and the ritual of lighting the match reminds us to slow down and breathe. This candle smells of eucalyptus and basil and I love it Travel candles for a burst of energy in the morning.
4. Take a warm bath. Stylist Linda Rodin says her bath is the only place she can completely tune out: “No magazines, no music, no phone.” When you step out of the tub, you need to warm up these classic waffle coats. Made from 100% Turkish cotton, they are quick drying and super absorbent. (They would also be perfect for visiting friends and family.)
thoughts? How do you wind down for a restful sleep? I would love to hear…
(Photos of Stella Blackmon for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Brooklinen, a company we’ve worn and loved for years. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep the Cup of Jo running.)