While many welcome Daylight Savings Time with open arms as the first sign of springtime, others (guilty) only notice the loss of sleep and disruption it brings to otherwise stable nighttime and morning routines. To keep your sleep cycle relatively unphased at all times of the year, reach for one of the below calming, relaxation-inducing products and watch in awe as every morning becomes a bright-eyed one.
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YUNI Wind-Down Wonder ($35)
The therapeutic sensorial experience in each pump of this spray-on warming body oil (think notes of bergamot, cardamom and palmarosa) works to dissolve away the day’s stress while the blend of natural oils and botanical extracts also hydrates skin and soothes tired muscles. Use it directly on skin (avoiding the face) during your evening ritual to boost your body’s recovery and amp up your relaxation.
Not only does this leave-in hair mist instantly condition dried-out strands, but a blend of aromatherapeutic neroli, patchouli, lavender, vetiver and chamomile also works its magic on stressed, anxious and uneasy emotions that often keep you tossing and turning. Even better, the fragrance is “intelligently encapsulated,” meaning that the fragrance is activated by your own movement, so the stress-busting fragrance will continue to disperse and keep you calm as you move throughout the night.
One of these melatonin-, L-theanine, ashwagandha- and velvet bean extract–filled capsules before bedtime curbs stress, helps you fall asleep faster and aids in creating a normal sleep cycle for a healthier circadian rhythm. Plus, in line with the brand’s less is more approach, this product is vegetarian, non-GMO and free of gluten, artificial colors and preservatives for all of the benefits without any of the “extras.”
Torii Unwind ($65 for 20 shots/month subscription)
These individually packaged “shots” are designed to be taken before bed and harness the power of wildcrafted adaptogenic herbs like California poppy, griffonia seed and bee pollen (this also boosts your immunity!) along with organic juices, cherry and fulvic acid to naturally relax the body and mind, promote sleep and support healthy rest. Take your pick (the brand also offers Awake and Restore) and they’ll get delivered to your door each month.
Formulated with 93 percent pure chamomile tincture extract, this essence smells just like a spa day. Shake a small amount onto the palm of your hand and gently press into the skin until fully absorbed—the relaxing scent of chamomile will instantly relax you while the product goes to work (it’s proven to stimulate blood circulation by 34.5 percent, which is always a plus).
Dr. Teals Lavender Epsom Salt Collection ($5.50-$6)
When it comes to relaxing rituals before bed, the power of a warm bath is unsurpassed. Lucky for us, the best-selling lavender line from Dr. Teal’s ups the ante even further. If sore muscles are keeping you up at night, reach for the Epsom salt Mineral Soak to ease away aches and pains, or if you’re looking for a deeply calming experience, look no further than the Foaming Bath for a perfect way to unwind before bed and encourage a better night’s sleep. Not a bath type of girl? The Body Wash ($5.50) will be your new (calming) best friend.
Spritz this relaxing blend of organic essential oils on your pillow right before bed and let the relaxing cocktail of lavender, vetiver, geranium, chamomile and mandarin drift you off to sleep almost immediately. And because the bottle houses only natural ingredients, forget having to worry about your skin having any adverse reactions to the formula.
Crafted from Mongolian cashmere and filled with a custom blend of botanicals, this ultraluxe pillow gently engages acupressure points to release any facial tension, calm the mind and soften the delicate muscles around the eyes while breathing in the delicate scent of natural lavender and chamomile helps to unwind and de-stress.
OLLY Restful Sleep ($14)
Combining melatonin and L-theanine (a phytonutrient also found in green tea that works to encourage calmness) to help you fall and stay asleep sans any grogginess in the morning, plus a blend of natural botanicals like chamomile, passion flower and lemon balm to soothe your mind, these delicious gummies are a must if your nighttime routine involves more stressing than snoozing.
Specifically designed to relax the mind, lavender has long been proven to put the brain’s stress centers on standby. The featured ingredient in this new beauty staple, your shower will be filled with the calming aroma of lavender the instant this gel combines with water and transforms into a creamy foam.
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