We spend a third of our lives asleep—that means our bedroom is the most lived-in space in our homes. It’s the room where we start and end our days, and that’s why the rituals that happen there are extra important. In The Wind Down, we’ll be exploring the nighttime routines of people we admire and taking their advice to make the moments just before bed when we feel our best.
It wasn’t until a few years ago that Lo Bosworth started considering her sleep hygiene, though the prospect of a great night’s rest always held a distinct allure for her, even at an early age. After suffering from insomnia for years, the former reality star finally honed in on the perfect nighttime routine to help guarantee plenty of shut-eye.
Now, as the founder of Love Wellness, a women’s health brand that offers an array of natural supplements (including one for sleep), Bosworth prioritizes habits that help her to feel her best—even if that means opting to turn the lights off when the night is still young. “Most nights, I’m asleep by 9:30 pm, which is rare for a New Yorker,” she laughs. “I go to bed really early and wake up naturally around 6:30 am every day. I think that everybody has a sleep schedule that works for them, and if you can figure it out, you’re going to feel better every single day.”
Beyond her bedtime, Bosworth has amassed plenty of routines that make getting z’s perfectly easy. Here she shares her full nighttime routine.
Tidy up: If I get home from work and my room is messy, I clean my room and make my bed before the evening starts. It gives me a sense of peace and calm, and it helps me sleep better. I feel like when your room is messy, the energy in your room is all discombobulated and it affects how you sleep.
Log off: I stop answering my emails at 6:30 pm or 7 pm every day. That helps slow down my mind and helps me focus on myself, my friends, my boyfriend, and my dinner. I think it’s really important to shift the focus away from your work life when you’re trying to slow down at night. I put my phone on the bedtime setting pretty early so by 8:30 pm, I stop getting notifications and it goes on silent.
Bath time: Around 7:30 pm or 8 pm is when I will take a nice hot bath for about 30 minutes. I love using bath salts—they don’t have to be crazy expensive. They can be the 99-cent bath salts from Duane Reade. Some kind of aromatherapy element in the bath is also really nice—I do enjoy a Palo Santo stick.
Sweat it out: I am a part of the serious bathers club. If I don’t take a bath, I sit in my steam shower—something that involves sweating. It works down my body and makes me feel tired. I don’t know if I am sweating out toxins, but the idea of it makes me feel good.
Zone out: Typically, I just chill out in the bath. Sometimes I read, but I really just like to close my eyes and just breathe. I meditate every morning and when I am in the mood, I meditate at night. I don’t force meditation on myself in the evening. It’s really if I feel like it, I’ll do it.
Skincare, simplified: I just use a couple of products. I use SkinMedica Retin-A and Lumivive Night. It’s like a blue-light nighttime peeling serum—I find that it’s really been evening out my skin tone. The moisturizer that I’ve always used is Dermalogica Active Moist. Those really are the three products that I use.
Dentist-approved: I love the pink Goby toothbrush. It polishes your teeth and leaves your mouth feeling so clean.
PJ party: I love really comfortable pajamas. My favorite are from Negative Underwear; they’re white silk pajamas with long sleeves and long pants.
Cup of tea: I love tea with fresh mint leaves, a little lemon, and raw manuka honey.
Simple bedspread: My bed is all-white, and I’ve been getting my sheets from Brooklinen for the past couple years. I love them.
Uncluttered collection: My bedside table situation is very minimal, as is everything in my house. I don’t like a lot of stuff. Something that I always bring to bed is an Elemental water bottle. It’s one with a straw on top, so you don’t have to unscrew it.
Show time: I typically fall asleep to my television, honestly. This is a pattern that I have been told is bad, but it really does help me fall asleep, so I don’t really care. I just watch the same shows that everybody else does at night: Friends or The Office or Parks and Rec.
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