by christine victoria alexander

Monday, March 9, 2020


Nothing can replace a good night's sleep! When we sleep well we wake more refreshed and have more energy throughout the day. Here are 3 simple hacks if you're struggling in the snooze department!
*I am not a doctor. This is not medical advice, it is my opinion. 

If you're not taking magnesium already, go ahead and start. It's an all around superhero supplement. Magnesium fights depression, prevents migraines, ramps up exercise performance, lowers blood pressure, combats asthma, protects against diabetes, supports bone health AND fights insomnia! Yowza! What I didn't know until I started researching is that insomnia is a common symptom of a magnesium deficiency! Magnesium helps our bodies relax (scientifically speaking, it increases GABA, a neurotransmitter that promotes sleep), which leads to deeper, more restful nights. Magnesium is found in lots of foods, but especially in dark leafy greens like spinach, collards, kale and Swiss chard. Taking a soak in an epsom salt bath is another way to increase your magnesium. I just found this cool magnesium spray with a ridiculous amount of good reviews on Amazon and now I want to try it!

Blue Light Glasses
I think everyone knows by now that screens aren't a good idea before bed. But why? Screens emit blue light which causes eye strain and can suppress melatonin (the hormone that regulates sleep). If you can't give up your favorite show or nightly scroll through the 'gram, try blue light glasses. They'll block enough blue light to give your melatonin level a little boost before bed!

Ah, lavender. I really couldn't write a sleep post without mentioning lavender. It is one of my favorite essential oils and one I love to incorporate whenever I need to relax. Lavender increases slow-wave sleep which is key for slowing our heartbeat and relaxing our muscles.  There are so many ways to incorporate a little lavender before bed: roll lavender essential oil on your wrists and temples before bed, take a hot bath with a lavender bath bomb (my favorite!), diffuse lavender while you sleep, spritz your pillow with a lavender pillow spray or just tuck a sachet of dried lavender under your pillow for a better night's sleep.

Hope these help you get your beauty sleep! Happy snoozing! xx


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