Guest post from friend and ultra chic interior designer, Lucie Ayres! How I Sleep Really Well (can’t wait to read her tips because I don’t sleep really well!!!). Thank you, Lucie!!
HOW TO SLEEP AMAZINGLY WELL – EVEN DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC
Some of you may know I’m an interior designer but many of you don’t know that I am an unofficial expert on sleep. Why? Because I sleep well pretty much every single night. Even through this crisis. I realize I’m in the minority – so I thought I’d share with you how I do it and why I do it.
First and foremost, it’s a decision you have to make and you have to stick to it – pretty much like any other goal you’d like to accomplish. But in my opinion, this is not a painful process -it’s actually incredibly pleasurable. And it starts the minute you wake up.
ONE: (a) MAKE YOUR BED – and don’t half-ass it, make it like it’s going to look like a hotel room bed when you get ready to get into it later. Fluff those pillows, the comforter, whatever you need to do to make it look delicious.
(b) ABOUT YOUR BED – Let’s talk about bedding. Know what you like and what you need – I need and love a wrinkled, crisp pure linen. I’ve learned this over the years about myself. I highly recommend the organic linen by Coyuchi or for something more affordable, this French linen set.
(c) ABOUT YOUR BEDDING – the case for TWO duvets. IF you have someone else who regularly sleeps in your bed, then I highly recommend 2 separate duvets – one for each of you. This is another European tradition (mainly Scandinavian and German) and I am a BIG FAN. I forgo the flat sheet, and my husband and I both have our own duvets. There’s never a “pulling battle” and my body temperature stays constant without the extra body heat therefore we both sleep much better. More on this here and here.
TWO: OPEN YOUR WINDOWS
Having an Eastern European background gives me a bit of an advantage of tried and true traditions such as this classic European practice – open the window(s) in your bedroom as soon as you get up (even if it’s a crack) and leave it open all day (and if you can, at night as well). This not only gets fresh air to infiltrate your room, but has amazing benefits to creating a divine sleep, read more about it here. Side note: When I was a baby, my mother would put me in my stroller, and leave me outside on our balcony in the subzero European winter for a nap – like most mothers did at that time. It’s always been all about fresh air.
THREE: CREATE A RITUAL
A routine to get yourself in the mood for the best sleep of your life. My ritual is a nightly bath with a book – it can be 15 minutes or as long as 40 – it’s my time to be undisturbed, to read, and to mentally clean off the stress of the day. Post bath (this can sometimes be before dinner) I’m in my pajamas – incidentally the Natori cotton sateen classics are my favorite because the fabric is incredibly light and soft. My phone is put on SILENT and sits in the kitchen. For me, I prefer an early and light dinner. At 9:30 pm – yup- I get into my fresh air filled bedroom, my perfectly made fluffy bed, and read. Lights are dim, kids are asleep, I feel clean and relaxed. If I’m extra stressed, I may do a meditation or some CBD oil but mainly I just read until my eyes fall heavy. My husband has adapted the same routine, only he stays up later than I do and one of his tips is to read a “very, very dull and long book” and use a gravity blanket. He swears it works.
I hope you and yours do get some rest and stay healthy. I wish you very sweet dreams!
Lucie Ayres, Principal Designer
Thank you, Lucie! And sweet dreams to all of us!