Let's be honest, it's tough to get a good sleep right now. I don't know about you, but it feels my life has become consumed with worry. I worry about my health, my family's health, my job, my bank account... And to make matters worse, the stress disrupts my evenings and makes it hard to get the restorative rest that my body craves. With each sleepless night, that stress compounds and creeps into every aspect of my life.
In times like these, I turn to experts to learn from their own wellness habits. That's why I reached out to Nina Clark from Nightire to hear her tips for getting a good night's sleep, even when it feels impossible. Nina’s an incredible entrepreneur and the founder of Nightire, a line of bamboo sleepwear and sleep accessories that we adore. She’s been generous enough to share with us her tips on living a balanced life.
We love how comfy the Nightire PJs are, what inspired you to start the business?
Nightire was born out of a personal quest to understand sleep, and all that it entails, a bit better. Like many women I know, I have this thing called can’t-always-shut-my-brain-off-to-go-to-sleep syndrome. I overthink everything and am that person who constantly makes lists in my head and who worries about things that I can't change; all while lying in bed at night waiting for sleep to set in. This led to months of restless nights and tired mornings. I began doing research into what could help a person to sleep better and tried to apply it in my nightly routine: using black-out blinds, taking a relaxing bath, using no screens in the room (so g’bye Insta-sessions right before bed), and trying anything I could to keep my body temperature on an even keel. That included buying the right sleepwear, which, in turn, got me to focus on an industry that seemed like it had a lot of room for innovation (and a bit more personality) which is how the idea for Nightire came about.
Can you tell us a bit more about the sleepwear?
Through my quest to find pyjamas that could help me get a good night’s sleep by aiding the regulation of body temperature, I stumbled across bamboo fabric, and I loved everything about it from the get go - so now every piece of Nightire is made of 100% organic (& vegan) bamboo - its super sustainable, the softest fabric you’ll ever find, wicks sweat away from skin, keeps your temperature even and is antibacterial (so if you struggle with sensitive skin, this is the stuff you want to wear). The cut of the styles are also meant to be flattering enough to be worn anywhere, anytime, yet still classic and comfortable enough for a good snooze. And it’s covered in fun and bold prints that will lift you up no matter the worrying state of the world at large right now :)
As a 'sleep enthusiast', what do you do to make sure you get a good night's rest?
I am pedantic about a bedtime ritual, and truly believe that what you do during the day will affect your sleep, so I try to set myself up for a good rest by being kind to my mind and body throughout the day, as much as is possible with the stresses that come with running a business. My bedtime routine includes no screen time at least an hour before turning in (because the blue light can wreak havoc with the production of melatonin which is key to feeling sleepy), dimming the lights (again, melatonin is suppressed with bright lights), reading a few pages of a book that's not too stimulating and keeping a pen and paper next to my bed to jot down any thoughts or to-do’s that crop up before I fall asleep, so I can get it off my mind and onto a piece of paper - which helps to quieten my thoughts.
Do you have any personal experience?
I have used a oil before (to help with sleep), and once I got used to the fairly grassy taste, I loved the calmness it brought to my frame of mind.
What advice do you have for our readers on how to live a more balanced lifestyle?
Balance is such a tricky one to get right - as most of us are inclined to go all in when we love something or procrastinate like mad on the things we don’t want to do. I reckon it’s all about being kind to yourself and forgiving yourself when you fall short of the lofty goals you probably strive for. We have enough stress and anxiety to deal with on a daily basis - so just jump into bed, get some sleep and things will look a whole lot better in the morning, is what I always say. .
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