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Does a good night's shuteye frequently elude you? You're just one of the 76 percent of Americans who have trouble getting their 40 winks in on a regular basis, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
Because sleep deprivation can do a serious number on your body's ability to recover from the stress of the daily grind, resulting in the loss of skin elasticity and the formation of wrinkles, a soothing bedtime ritual that sets the scene for a restful night's sleep can go a long way to soothe frazzled spirits, not to mention promote cellular renewal.Origins has tapped into the expertise of integrative health guru Dr. Andrew Weil to develop Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Night Health, a collection of bath and beauty products that uses organic essential oils—including lavender, mandarin, and chamomile—to help you ease into the Land of Nod without the use of potentially addictive prescription sleep aids.
The collection includes:
1. Night Health Bedtime Face Cream, a moisturizer that uses buckbean and St. Paul's Wort extracts to smooth and relax visible lines.
2. Night Health Bedtime Bath Oil, an infusion of organic sunflower, jojoba and lavender oils you can add to a relaxing nocturnal bath.
3. Night Health Bedtime Balm, which pairs organic shea butter and sweet almond oil to create a rich balm for rubbing into acupressure points such as the wrists and the back of your neck.
4. Night Health Bedtime Spray, a blend of organic lavender, mandarin, and chamomile oils for misting over your body to help you slip into a restful meditative state.
Origins also consulted Dr. Rubin Naiman, a sleep specialist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona's Center for Integrative Medicine. He offers the following steps to serene slumber sans drugs:
1. Go to bed and wake up at about the same time every day, including weekends.
2. Establish a relaxing bedtime routine: take a bath, prepare your bed, etc.
3. Take a few moments to process and release residual emotions from your day by journaling or talking with a friend or loved one.
4. Keep a journal or sleep log to make notes about the quality of your sleep. This can help you to gather information on improving your sleep.
5. Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, cool, comfortable, and feels safe.
6. Use the bed only for sleep and sex, keep your bedroom free from distractions like work, television, and computers.
7. Enjoy a small serving of complex carbs if you desire a bedtime snack.
8. Exercise regularly, but finish a few hours before bedtime.
9. Keep your alarm clock away from your head and bed.
10. Avoid nicotine, caffeine (coffee, tea, cola, chocolate) and alcohol before bed. These substances can keep you awake or lead to disrupted sleep later in the night.
11. Refrain from the temptation of checking the time at night—it can cause anxiety about sleeping.
12. Daytime naps are wonderful, but limit them to 20 minutes.
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