31 Jul Better Sleep — Three Products and Three Apps That Actually Work
You wake up in the morning, and you’re yawning. You shouldn’t have that third cup of coffee, but you reach for it anyway.
You know you didn’t get enough sleep last night, and you’re wondering if tonight’s the night you will finally get your 8 hours of shuteye.
But the kids need to go to practice, and there are holidays to prep for. How on earth will you manage to get enough rest?
If this is a problem for you, know that you’re not alone. According to the CDC, about a third of US adults don’t get the 7 or 8 hours that’s recommended to stay healthy.
Without enough sleep, you’re at higher risk for many health problems. Not only will you feel less alert, but you’re also going to be more prone to stress, colds, diabetes, heart disease, and even weight gain.
Not getting enough REM is simply not an option. So here are a few products available at Neroli Med Spa & Beauty Lounge in Charlottesville, VA and three great apps that can help guide you towards better sleep habits.
Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Sleep Mist
Prepare for your best night’s sleep with our calming and comforting Deep Relax Sleep Mist. Our highly efficacious, hand-crafted blend includes grounding Vetivert, soothing Camomile and relaxing Sandalwood pure essential oils to help shrug off daily fatigue, slow a racing mind and prepare you for undisturbed, restorative sleep.
Spritz your body and bed linen with our specially formulated sleep mist before climbing into the sheets. Lie back and inhale deeply, allowing the soothing aromas to calm your senses. Build this into an enhanced sleep ritual by bathing in our Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil and applying a layer of Relax Body Oil before bed.
Deep Relax Sleep Well Nourishing Body Treatment
Luxuriate in the velvet richness of our Relax Body Treatment Cream. The finest quality, hand-blended concentrate featuring moisture retaining. Velvet Flower extract and collagen supporting Gotu Kola Oil — helping build your skin’s natural tone and suppleness, while enveloping it in relaxation and nourishment.
After bathing or showering, pat your skin dry and massage this rich cream in gentle circular movements all over. Pay particular attention to any dry or needy areas. To enhance its aromatherapy benefits further, cup your hands to your face after applying and inhale deeply three times.
Sleep+ features a natural and unique patented ingredient derived from non-GMO corn that encourages your body’s own natural production of melatonin. This ingredient has been clinically shown to improve quality of sleep by helping you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and spend more time in REM sleep (for brain rejuvenation) and deep sleep (for body rejuvenation). Plus it provides a soothing and refreshing night’s sleep, without morning grogginess.
Did you realize that you already have a sleep app on your iPhone? It is no muss, no fuss, no cost to you, and it’s super simple and useful, too. It’s located in your Clock app and helps you to schedule your ideal sleeping times, as well as giving a notification that it’s time for bed.
Consider removing yourself from all screens and grabbing a cup of chamomile tea about an hour before bed to help you truly relax.
Calm is an award-winning sleep app that is designed to help your overactive mind find peace before bed. It includes a range of soundscapes to help soothe your soul and get you into a more meditative headspace.
The best part about this type of app is that it’s not only for before bed. It can help to guide you into meditation sessions at any time of day.
Here’s a sleep tracking app that actually does give you a report on how you slept the night before. It uses a combination of algorithms and both motion and sound patterns to tell you what’s happening when you’re sleeping, including showing you how much REM you get.
One of the great things about Pillow is that it shares data with Apple’s Health app, so the combination of metrics offers you a more accurate picture of what’s going on. You can also use other parameters like blood pressure to try to figure out if there are specific patterns that could be causing you to lose sleep.