Between the movie screenings and late night TIFF parties it’s been hard to get a good nights rest. And with Leo roaming the streets of Toronto, we definitely need our beauty sleep!
So we’ve put together a handy guide to help you achieve those elusive eight hours.
Get the Right Mattress
First things first, you need the right hardware. Goldilocks knew that neither too hard nor too soft would provide the best sleep. Our top mattress recommendation: Casper. After 3,420 hours of testing the Casper mattress was created with a combination of springy, breathable latex foam over supportive, pressure relieving memory foam.
The blend of breathable springiness removes the sensations of over-heating and feeling stuck. Uber comfy- but not overwhelming, this gets the Goldilocks seal of approval.
Tea is a great way to help you relax before bed. Non caffeinated herbal teas such as chamomile, lavender and lemon balm all help soothe your mind and body. Chamomile contains apigenin known for reducing anxiety, as well as flavonoids, mucilages and coumarins, which have calming effects on the body!
Eat Carbs (yes, carbs!)
High carb low protein foods are the way to go before bed. Heavy foods will overload your digestive system so try to eat at least an hour before bed (and keep it light). Cheese and crackers, white bread, jasmine rice, fortified cereal, and sweet potato all make great pre-sleep time snacks!
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils can help you relax and wind down for bed. Lavender is one of the most popular oils as its scent reduces anxiety by slowing down the nervous system and relaxing the body. Other relaxing oils are vanilla, valerian and jasmine. These scents will wind you down with the added benefit of making you or your home smell fantastic!
Read a Book
Put away the electronics and take out a book! Your phone, computer and other electronics emit a blue light that disrupts the pineal gland (pea size organ in the brain) from releasing melatonin (a hormone that helps control the bodies circadian rhythm), which affects your sleep cycle. In addition studies on reading before bed have shown to help reduce stress, generate creativity, aid concentration, improve your empathy and make you better looking (on the inside at least).
Sleep well and dream big!