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I approach the calming hours before sleep in much the same way that I invite the stillness of my mornings — as an invitation to dance in the “in between.” The in between obligations and rest, the in between the hurried hustle and the sweet softness, the in between reality and whimsy. For years, I’ve held to the same, simple bedroom styling and nighttime routine. Here are my bedside table tips to invite magical sleep:
#1 Chamomile Tea
An elixir harking back to ancient Egypt, caffeine free chamomile tea is a nerve-soothing tonic that helps to induce sleep. I brew a fresh pot at least two hours before bedtime and sip as part of my wind down routine.
#2 An Invisible Clock
I haven’t had a clock on my nightstand for at least fifteen years. I find the entire object a rather jarring and obtrusive element to have staring back at you when you are trying to release the day. Evenings are a chance to step outside of the realm of time and forget about the confines of a schedule. On the mornings I need to wake up at a certain hour I have my phone on night/airplane mode at the far end of the table and wake to the sound of gentle bells as an alarm.
#3 Calming Aromas
There are a few special moments in a day where scent is most powerful — bedtime is one of them. I use a lightweight hand cream just before bed that has a thyme and peppermint essence. I also rub essential oils on my temples for an added relaxant – geranium, jasmine, rose, or lavender are all great options.
#4 Romantic Details
Falling asleep to flowers on your bedside table may be one of the most magical things you can do to enhance a dream state. Little romantic details like having your favorite blossoms and/or a beautiful jotter to write sweet thoughts all add to a sense of true relaxation and luxury.
#5 An Enchanting Read
If I’m not too tired I read for at least an hour before bed. I always choose novels that transport me to another era or an interesting locale. Biographies of artists and writers are also a good choice. A moving and well-written read can truly be a gift in filling you with pretty and pleasant thoughts as you drift off to a sweet slumber.