Make bedtime a luxury retreat with these beauty sleep products, and enjoy a more soothing snooze. In 2014, the Center for Disease Control declared insufficient sleep a public health epidemic. Well over a third of Americans are not getting enough sleep, with 35.3% reporting that they regularly sleep less than seven hours within a twenty-four hour period. The CDC remarks: “Persons experiencing sleep insufficiency are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as from cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity.” And that’s not to mention the transportation accidents and other tragedies related to sleep deprivation. Why are we all so sleepy? Where to begin? From exposure to artificial light and screens to 24/7 access to technology and work communications, it’s no wonder an estimated 50-70 million adults in the United States suffer from sleep or wakefulness disorders. So how can we fix it? The CDC recommends following these “Sleep Hygiene” tips: Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning. Avoid large meals before bedtime. Avoid caffeine or alcohol close to bedtime. Avoid nicotine. Think you can follow that advice, starting now? Good on you! But some of us might need a little extra help. That’s where bedtime rituals come in. Building good bedtime habits is as easy as finding a few functional and soul-soothing sleep products to fall in love with. Consider adding some of the following sleep products to your nighttime hours and enjoy your new and improved beauty sleep. Beauty Sleep Products No. 1 Chamomile Tea Chamomile is a natural anti-inflammatory herb with many medicinal uses. In 2009, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that chamomile may help to relieve symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. That should come as no surprise: Chamomile tea is one of the most popular bedtime rituals on the block. Try a soothing cup as your evening is winding down and see if your eyelids don’t grow a little heavier. This blend from Harney & Sons includes lavender, another powerfully soothing bedtime herb. Sounds like nice cup of sleep to me. ($4.99, available at Harney & Sons) Beauty Sleep Products No. 2 Lavender Lotions & Candles What makes the scent of lavender so deeply soothing? Like chamomile, this ancient medicinal herb has been studied for its effects on sleep quality and anxiety symptoms. So far, lavender has come out ahead in research: A 2010 study showed lavender has significant effects on alleviating anxiety and sleep disturbances. Want to get in on this? Natural lavender-scented lotions and candles are a wonderfully simple way to infuse your evening with this dreamy natural remedy. Spruce & Bond has just released a wonderful line of lavender and lemongrass products that are perfect for bedtime. This soap, lotion and candle will have you drifting through fragrant clouds of bliss. ($25-35, available at Spruce & Bond) Beauty Sleep Product No. 3 Pillow Mist Never underestimate the power of fragrance. Let those herbal essences soothe you even as you sleep with a few spritzes of pillow spray. This lavender chamomile pillow mist from Bath & Body Works needs little explanation from us, but that lovely cobalt-blue bottle deserves some props for being its own kind of dreamy. Once this calming essential oil potion has settled into your bedding, all you have to do is close your eyes, breathe deep, and picture yourself floating through an English garden on a starry summer night. Zzz. ($10, available at Bath & Body Works) Beauty Sleep Products No. 4 Sleep Mask Light is a drug. Remember this. Never forget it. Let me explain: When you’re exposed to light, it travels through your eye and follows nerve pathways to parts of your brain that control your hormones, your temperature, and, of course, your wakefulness. Being mindful of your light exposure as you get close to bedtime will make a huge impact on your sleep. But you should also be careful of how much light you’re getting during your shuteye. Next time you go to bed, try this little experiment. Get in your usual falling asleep position, eyes closed. Now, lift a hand and place it over your eyes. Did it get darker? Unless your room is perfectly pitch black, the answer is probably yes. Whether it’s the street lights shining through your curtains or the numbers on your digital alarm clock, those faint traces of light are nagging your nerve pathways and weakening your sleep. Wearing a sleep mask might feel silly at first (hello, Princess Sleepy Face!) but it could improve your sleep quality, and your energy levels, enormously. If a beauty boost helps tempt you, this illuminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask is infused with copper and promises to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as you sleep. Try it. You’ll be glad you did. ($35, available at Sephora) Sleep Products No. 5 A Good Pillowcase We’re supposed to spend a third of our lives in bed asleep. As I like to say, “Spend your money where you spend your time.” Investing in a high quality pillowcase is a great way to boost the beauty benefits of restful sleep by making sure your skin and hair are only exposed to the gentlest, smoothest fabric as you snooze. Savvy Sleepers specialize in high-quality pillow cases made of 100% pure satin. Dermatologists recommend these pillow cases for their anti-aging benefits, while hair stylists praise them for reducing split ends. Plus, they feel like heaven beneath your cheek. Excuse me, y’all. This post has made me want an early bedtime. ($30 and up, available at Savvy Sleepers) Start a Conversation Cancel a Conversation Connect with Enter your WordPress.com blog URL http://.wordpress.com Proceed Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 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