It calms my nerves down. I don’t do it every night, but a couple of nights a week I will get in the hot tub and then I’ll just do my lavender ritual and I’ll meditate and I’ll be able to sleep for like eight or nine hours, which is amazing.
My husband was like, why are you going to spend $500 on this? I’m like, well, we’re not going on vacation. We’re not going out to restaurants. We need something to relax us, and it was worth it because we use it so frequently.
What’s on your bedside table?
I have a lavender candle on my bedside table. I’m an avid reader. So I have a lot of books and my Kindle on my bedside table but I do try to keep it clean. I’m loving The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday. So, candle, books, Kindle and that’s really it.
What are your go-to pajamas?
Because the nature of being a new parent and having to tend on my son, I need pajamas that can transition from sleep to taking him out in the stroller and not look like a crazy person. So I love Outdoor Voices. Especially their cloud knit sweatsuit. It’s comfortable enough, I mean, for pajamas, it really is like sleeping on a cloud. But if I have go out and take him around the block in his stroller, no one will stare at me.
What keeps you up at night?
As a new mom, what literally keeps me up at night is my son that sleeps next door. I think he’s getting a new set of teeth in right now. And so like the other night we had an episode…
But I think that’s a great example because that’s something that really wakes you up. It’s not like a bad dream. It’s rattling. And so, because that’s happened more often than not over the last year, oftentimes there are a couple fall back to sleep meditations that I really like to do. I just have to pop them in my ear or listen to a sleep story because it takes my mind away from the fact that I’ve just been disturbed.
I started seeing a sleep consultant because my sleep has been so disturbed this year. And she’s like, you just have to let go of the anxiety of when your son wakes you up and embrace it and that he needs you. And so I’ve had to actually psychologically think differently about being woken up in the middle of the night, but I definitely just use a meditation to take me back to sleep.
What’s your nighttime beauty routine?
I wash my face, but for me it’s more about body care. I really like Glow Recipe for my face, though. They’re visually appealing and they smell good. For hair, I always try to put some Argan oil in my hair before wrapping it. But I think, like I mentioned, the magnesium oil and the lavender oil are the best for me and my body. I know that magnesium is definitely something that people use to promote sleep. That helped me a lot in pregnancy and in postpartum. And then just the lavender sense to relax my body. That’s much more important than my face, because if I sleep well, then I’m going to look good.