I think I'm a night owl. While I do enjoy going to work every morning and planning out what I need to tackle for the day/week/month, sometimes I feel that I'm truly most productive in the evenings. Even throughout the week, right when I get into the groove of waking up early (...usually by Wednesday), Saturday rolls around and I just want to stay in bed until I find energy to pull myself out. Raise your hand if you also feel this way!
A couple of weeks ago Refresh Botanicals invited me to spend a night at Templar Hotel (348 Adelaide St W, Toronto), and practice some tips that I should incorporate into my night-time routine, so that I can sleep peacefully and get up the next day feeling well-rested and happy.
Before I jump into the tips, can we talk about how pretty the rooms are at Templar Hotel? I really liked the minimalist approach they took when designing the space. The marble, wood and all-white everything went well together. Two things that I hope they reconsider: 1) putting an alarm clock in the room. They have this policy of no clocks or telephones and I'm not quite sure I agree with that one; 2) Putting the bathroom light in a more obvious spot! I found it under the TV, which no one would spot without observing every inch of the room.
While I wouldn't consider myself to be an anxious person, there are definitely things that sometimes keep me up at night. If I need to complete a task by a certain date or remember to follow up with someone (or many people), I tend to think about these things before I sleep, which causes anxiety every now and then and I literally need to get out of bed if I want to avoid nightmares.
I was so excited to learn all about sleeping habits and since going through this exercise. Refresh Botanicals brought in an expert, Gary LeBlanc, who guided us through the tips, told us why they are important and answered some of our questions as well. He provided us with 10 Tips for the Best Beauty Rest, and since I've been trying to keep up with a lot of these, I wanted to share them with you:
- It's better in the dark! Before bed, avoid TV and dim the lights.
- Completely black out your bedroom. Yes, that includes smart phones.
- No snacking 3 hours before bedtime... not even the last cookie.
- Kick the sleeping pills and aids to the curb.
- Don't use an alarm clock, or find one that peacefully wakes you up.
- Avoid drinking water within 90 minutes of bedtime. This will prevent you from getting up in the middle of the night.
- Keep the temperature cool in the room you sleep in.
- Exercise. Exercise at least three times a week!
- Try to maintain a consistent sleep cycle.
- Sleep on your back.
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