Here at Purely Elizabeth, we’re about all things wellness. Of course, fueling your body with the right, nutrient-rich products is extremely important, but there is another key ingredient to taking care of your body. My top wellness focus begins with an end-of-day habit we all crave: a good night of sleep.

The truth is, sleep is the foundation of total body wellness. And not just any kind of sleep I’m talking  refreshing, deep sleep that reenergizes your body and mind for your day as soon as you wake up. a balance of quality and quantity is vital to getting a perfect night’s sleep.

So, Why Is Sleep Important?

According to a recent survey from Harvard Women’s Health, the number of people sleeping less than six hours a night is on the rise, and over 75% of people struggle with sleep at least a few nights every week. As more individuals face these issues, it’s imperative now more than ever for industry professionals to speak out on the significance of prioritizing sleep as a part of a well-balanced wellness routine. 

Still not convinced? Here are five reasons why quality Zzz’s are so important:

  • Productivity & Concentration
  • Getting quality sleep is essential to your overall mental wellness, as sleep is linked to several brain functions, including concentration, productivity, and cognition.

  • Improved Mood
  • It’s no secret that when you sleep better, you’re likely to be in a better mood. There have also been many studies that have researched the association between sleep and mental health, with many concluding a link between lack of sleep and depression. 

  • Athletic Performance
  • Sleep is just as important to athletic performance as consuming enough calories and nutrients in your diet. The process of sleep helps heal your body, in addition to other benefits such as more energy, better coordination, faster speed, and improved performance intensity.

  • Metabolism & Weight
  • When a person doesn’t get enough sleep, it can often interfere with their ability to regulate food intake. Not only is there evidence to suggest sleep can help people consume fewer calories during the day, but various studies have shown how sleep patterns also affect the body’s hormones that control appetite. 

  • Lower Risk of Heart Disease
  • High blood pressure is a high-risk factor for heart disease. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights how getting adequate rest each night allows the body’s blood pressure to regulate itself, reduces the chances of sleep-related conditions like apnea, and promotes better overall heart health.

    How Can I Prepare for a Better Night’s Sleep?Now you know why a good night’s sleep is so important, but how can you achieve it? I’m sharing five tips on how you can improve your sleep & wellness routine:

  • Soak in a Bath Before Bed
  • A warm, soothing bubble bath can do wonders for transitioning your body into relaxation mode. Pour in some bubbles, warm up some tea, and just relax. Don’t forget to exfoliate your body (I recommend our Vanilla Rose or Lemon Lavender Sugar Body Scrubs), leaving it feeling soft, smooth, and ready for rest.

  • Bundle Up with a Weighted Blanket 
  • Weighted blankets utilize weight to relax your nervous system and help you achieve a faster, deeper sleep. The Gravity Blanket uses a revolutionary method called “deep touch pressure stimulation” to replicate the feeling of a big, warm hug to relax your body and prepare it for sleep. 

  • Change Up Your Lighting Situation
  • Lighting plays A huge part in setting the mood for a good night’s sleep. I recommend lowering the lights at night about 15 to 20 minutes before bed. Another helpful method is switching to red lights, as it has a lower color temperature and can help your eyes adjust and body naturally ease into your sleep cycle. For many people, it helps to make the room as cold and dark as possible to avoid overheating and waking up in the middle of the night.

  • Prep Your Pillow 
  • One easy way to enhance your sleeping experience is by adding a little something extra to your pillow! This can be as simple as changing out your pillowcase to a soft, breathable, or silky fabric. If you want to step up your nighttime ritual, invest in a soothing spray to spritz on linen and pillows before bedtime.

    One of my favorite sprays is Indie Lee’s Aromatherapy Pillow Mist, a tranquil blend of essential oils. Calming lavender and patchouli helps promote peace and harmony and encourages rest.

  • Take Nighttime Supplements 
  • If you feel like you’ve tried everything and you’re still not able to get a good night’s rest, it might be time to look into taking nighttime supplements. I take two capsules of mindbodygreen’s magnesium+ supplement every night about 1-2 hours before bed to help calm my mind and promote relaxation. This blend helps me fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated in the AM.

    Looking for more sleep tips? Check out my post to learn five steps to a perfect night’s sleep.