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 feel our best.
Like so many of us, Krissy Jones has been making a lot of desserts in self-isolation. The Sky Ting yoga cofounder is currently quarantined at a friend’s house in Montauk, where she’s been trying out new recipes with her cofounder, Chloe Kernaghan, and Sky Ting operations manager Patrick Foley. The group winds down every night with a long dinner and then maybe a crème brûlée or two.
These moments of relaxation have been especially important as Jones and Kernaghan are busier than ever bringing their studio classes online. Since New York issued a stay-at-home order in March, they’ve been working seven days a week, filming new videos for Instagram Live and the studio’s digital portal Sky Ting TV. (Their tens of thousands of fans are very grateful.) Here, Jones shares her full socially distant nighttime routine.
Family dinner: Every night we make an incredible meal together—everyone has a different role. We take about two hours for the whole process, and it’s very grounding and nourishing. I’m learning that I really enjoy taking the time to bake something. I made a great crème brûlée—it was very fun to blowtorch the top. Patrick doesn’t eat anything bad, but Chloe and I like everything—so I also made really good tahini cookies without added sugar and a gluten-free banana bread that didn’t last very long on our countertop.
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Screen scene: We’ve been going through, like, everyone’s lists of movies they’ve never seen. I always wear my nighttime BluBlox glasses because if I look at a screen before bed, I have a hard time falling asleep. They have red lenses, so I look like a crazy person wearing them.
Soak it off: The house we’re staying in has an incredible bathroom [Ed. note—so does Krissy’s apartment], so I’ve been taking a lot of baths with sea salts and black pepper and rose essential oils. While I’m in there, I either have a face mask on or I use a jade roller or gua sha on my face. I also put in a hair mask.
Required reading: I do a lot of my reading in the bathtub. I just finished my friend Marisa Meltzer’s book, This Is Big—it’s about the woman who started Weight Watchers and it’s fascinating. I’m also on the second book of The Neapolitan Novels.
Breathe easy: Before I go to sleep, I do a few rounds of Nadi Shodhana, which is alternate nostril breathing. It’s really helpful to calm you down. Then I do a 20-minute meditation—right now I’m playing with mantras, but I tend to switch up my techniques.
Skin saviors: I met Augustinus Bader, and I was lucky to get The Cream from him. It’s expensive, but I really swear by it. I’m very simple with skincare—I pretty much just moisturize. I also like products from Linné and Tata Harper.
Aroma therapy: My friend Matthew Herman’s candle brand Boy Smells is my favorite—I’ve been burning Kush and Slow Burn.
Take a sip: Our tea time game is really good in quarantine right now. During the day, we have a big pot of Japanese barley tea, but at night, we all drink chamomile or Sleepytime Tea. I’m a big fan of having something warm at night—it can even just be hot water with lemon.
Perfect PJs: I have a pair of black-and-white checkered Sleepy Jones pajamas that I’m obsessed with, but sometimes I’ll just wear a Sky Ting shirt.
In the dark: I’m a huge fan of eye masks—any will do. In addition to my blue-light glasses, I also have a setting on my phone to make the screen red-toned at night and I try to use candlelight when I can.
Nightstand necessities: I’m not a big crystal person, but I do know a lot of smart people who love them, so I have a bunch of selenite on my bedside table. A friend told me they’re great for purification.
Science lab: I use a sleep tracker app—I’m a bit of a biohacker in that way. I put my phone in airplane mode at night, and the app uses the microphone to track your breathing, so it can tell when you’re in deeper versus lighter stages of sleep. I’ve been using it for about three and a half years, so I have a lot of data. It’s cool because you can see patterns—how your sleep is affected if you took a bath before bed or if you were on your phone a lot or if you drank coffee or alcohol.
Lights out later than usual—around 11:30 pm to midnight.
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