Are you feeling a bit sleepy? Being sleep-deprived is one of the worst feelings ever! It can get in the way of living our very best life. It can make us cranky, inattentive, and lacking the energy that a BossGal needs.
The benefits of a good night’s sleep are beyond valuable as we try to be at our peak performance in all that we do. With great rest, we feel refreshed and we have sharper cognitive skills. Our skin is brighter, our mood upbeat, and our immune system performs better. But sometimes we don’t know howto get there…how exactly do we get the beauty sleep we so desperately need? Trust me, I struggle with this like crazy! Sometimes I feel like insomnia is my middle name! So, I’ve got a few tips (some I have tried and others I heard about) on how to have the best and most luxurious sleep from now on so you can tackle your days with the gusto and drive of a true Girlboss!
1. Silk pillowcases:
Last Friday I mentioned in my post that I was trying out a silk pillowcase. I had heard a lot of hype about its benefits which include less hair breakage and better skin. So—always on a mission to find the most luxurious, but also most effective products, I put those pillowcases to the test. Well here is my review. And remember, this is NOT an ad, NOT a collaboration. It is just my obsessive curiosity and wanting to share my thoughts with you.
Well I can definitely say “WOW!” The hype is for real. So, not only did the pillowcase feel fabulous on my skin, but I could see the difference between it and my previous cotton one by the very next morning. Let’s talk hair….Now usually I wake up with serious bedhead. Frizzy, crazy hair that looks more like hay than silky smooth hair. And, side note—so does Jeff! Well the morning after trying these pillowcases, my hair (and Jeff’s) was WAY under control and not a rat’s nest at all! And now, after using these pillowcases for a week, I can honestly say that it has consistently been that way. For sure, there is less breakage.
Now let’s talk skin…having used the pillowcase, I can absolutely tell that my face is clearer. Before, I would always get these dry patches that just wouldn’t go away. Usually they were on my nose or chin. Well…NO MORE! Throughout this past week, I have seen less irritated skin, and no breakouts! Crazy right? I think it is probably because I am a fitful sleeper, with lots of tossing and turning, and the cotton pillowcases are more abrasive than the silk.
So I give silk pillowcases a 10+ score! I am definitely a believer! Just make sure that you get 100% mulberry silk. Not a silky satin—that is not the same thing. There are lots of sources out there to buy them. I will leave a link here for the ones I bought after price checking around.
Side note: I think using an alkaline detergent tends to break down the silk, so I’m using a soft detergent and washing on a delicate cycle or by hand.
Now, let me share some other tips for that Girlboss beauty sleep we all crave:
2. Luxury Sleepwear:
If you’re looking for luxury sleep, try investing in some silk pajamas. This type of sleepwear doesn’t just feel comfy, it wicks moisture off the body and prevents that hot and sticky wake up in the middle of the night. Plus silk has a softness that is just so conducive to falling asleep.
3. Aromatherapy in a diffuser:
With lots of stress in our lives, getting that luxury sleep can be a toughie. One great way to provide some relief is to use essential oils in a diffuser for some wonderful aromatherapy. Smells like lavender, jasmine, and ylang-ylang have long been used as sleep aids, and the advent of essential oils has made this an even better option for many sleepers. Lavender, which happens to be my favorite scent, is especially powerful, and in some cases can even trigger the body to produce the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin, to create a better sleep experience. Who knew! I like to put lavender and cedar wood oils into my diffuser. The combination not only smells spa-like and luxurious, bu the cedar wood is also known to induce sleep.
4. Sleep Mask:
Sleep masks have been used for years (seriously, you probably remember your mom using one back in the day, right?) and they can be a real benefit to the whole sleep experience. I personally have not tried this, but many BossGals that I know vouch for this! A sleep mask made of silk is a great way to keep harmful light from penetrating your eyes and disrupting your sleep.
5. Splurge on Organic Sheets:
While there are all kinds of microfibers that you can experiment with, check out organic luxury sheets for a luxury sleep experience. Look for organic Egyptian cotton, cashmere, or any other natural, not-overly-processed fiber to both breathe well and wick moisture. While any fiber can essentially be made into a microfiber, these will often have a 400-800 thread count and be in the 100-200 dollar range. Sure, this might be a little more pricey than other sheets that you find online, but if you want healthy, luxurious sleep, go ahead and splurge! These sheets will stand the test of time, are sustainably sourced, and just feel better.
6. Luxury Mattress:
Okay, here’s the big one…the large ticket item. But hear me out….a good mattress is crucial in achieving good back health. For someone with chronic back and neck pain, trust me on this one! Finding the right mattress that will give you a great night’s sleep involves getting both the right support as well as the right comfort level. If your mattress doesn’t provide you with the right support for your body, it will cause poor sleeping posture, which leads to back pain the next morning. If a mattress doesn’t meet your personal preferences then your comfort is compromised, resulting in interrupted sleep that can leave you feeling tired and sore in the morning. When it comes to good health – don’t cut corners! No bed will last forever, but when you invest in one that is made of high quality materials and can offer you the support you need, you’ll be sure to get your money’s worth. A $2000 dollar mattress will cost 55c per night over 10 years or 28c each if with a partner. But, definitely do your research and I recommend going to a store where you can test them out. No…you can’t sleep there overnight, but actually some companies offer a 30 day trial period.
So don’t skimp on your sleep ladies! Invest in yourself and your sleep because health is wealth! And Beauty sleep…well that is priceless!