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Wellness
Published Thursday Mar 08, 2018 by Erica Arvanitis

(Don't) Forget the Rest: Our Routines for Better Sleep

Relaxation
Meditation
Motivation

Dedicated to catching quality Zzz’s? For those of us who struggle with getting enough sleep—or snagging deep, dreamy slumber—your next go-to product or tip might be just around the corner. 

We asked around the Mindbody San Diego office and scored eight individually tested tips to prep for Sleep Awareness Week—and every other week of the year. Don’t worry, we’re professional nappers.

Tap into restful sleep

“While it can be essential to unplug before bed, I find what works best for me is utilizing my phone. No scrolling mindlessly through Instagram or checking your Pinterest, I’m talking meditation apps. If I’m having a hard time falling asleep, I tap my Simple Habit app and there are tons of meditations tailored to whatever my drift-off dilemma may be. Personally, I love the “Sleep Therapy” session—it’ll send you right to sleep.”  
- Erica A., Copywriter 

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Tap into restful sleep

“While it can be essential to unplug before bed, I find what works best for me is utilizing my phone. No scrolling mindlessly through Instagram or checking your Pinterest, I’m talking meditation apps. If I’m having a hard time falling asleep, I tap my Simple Habit app and there are tons of meditations tailored to whatever my drift-off dilemma may be. Personally, I love the “Sleep Therapy” session—it’ll send you right to sleep.”  
- Erica A., Copywriter 

Try some quali-tea shuteye

“I drink herbal tea about an hour before bed and about 30 minutes before bed, I put lavender oil in my aromatherapy diffuser. The brews that send me straight to sleep are 40 Winks Tea, Foxtrot Tea, and Chamomile Lavender Tea!”
- Marie Z., Product Manager 

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Try some quali-tea shuteye

“I drink herbal tea about an hour before bed and about 30 minutes before bed, I put lavender oil in my aromatherapy diffuser. The brews that send me straight to sleep are 40 Winks Tea, Foxtrot Tea, and Chamomile Lavender Tea!”
- Marie Z., Product Manager 

Get your beauty sleep

“Sleeping on comfortable materials are linked to helping you fall asleep faster—therefore silk pillowcases are completely necessary in the sleep process. There is no better feeling then the soft, smooth and luxurious feel of silk against your skin when you go to bed. It’s the perfect way to end your day and slip you into the night (see what I did there?). It is truly like having a facial, massage and hair blow out every night.”
- Devin D., Marketing Communications Specialist

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Get your beauty sleep

“Sleeping on comfortable materials are linked to helping you fall asleep faster—therefore silk pillowcases are completely necessary in the sleep process. There is no better feeling then the soft, smooth and luxurious feel of silk against your skin when you go to bed. It’s the perfect way to end your day and slip you into the night (see what I did there?). It is truly like having a facial, massage and hair blow out every night.”
- Devin D., Marketing Communications Specialist

Snooze with a sleep aid

“One word, four syllables: Mel-a-to-nin! I take 2-4mg a few minutes before getting in bed. 15-20 minutes later I can’t keep my eyes open. I sleep like a baby and don’t have a melatonin hangover in the morning.”
- Ryan K., Data Analyst 

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Snooze with a sleep aid

“One word, four syllables: Mel-a-to-nin! I take 2-4mg a few minutes before getting in bed. 15-20 minutes later I can’t keep my eyes open. I sleep like a baby and don’t have a melatonin hangover in the morning.”
- Ryan K., Data Analyst 

Self-care yourself to sleep

“A little self-care and reading before bed is what helps me sleep best. I love turning on my essential oil diffuser and adding some lavender essential oil—lavender has such a calming scent and it helps me relax. Then I’ll put on a face mask (I usually use a charcoal mask, or moisturizing mask if my skin is dry); and read a good book while the mask sets. Reading puts me to sleep better than anything and it’s a great way to disconnect from all of the week’s obligations.”
- Hanna H., Dynamic Pricing Specialist

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Self-care yourself to sleep

“A little self-care and reading before bed is what helps me sleep best. I love turning on my essential oil diffuser and adding some lavender essential oil—lavender has such a calming scent and it helps me relax. Then I’ll put on a face mask (I usually use a charcoal mask, or moisturizing mask if my skin is dry); and read a good book while the mask sets. Reading puts me to sleep better than anything and it’s a great way to disconnect from all of the week’s obligations.”
- Hanna H., Dynamic Pricing Specialist

Reset your rhythm

“I think the most impactful thing I do to have a restful night’s sleep is honor the transition time between my daily work, social activities and my night. Before I enter my house I like to take a short walk around the block to reset. If it’s too late or the weather is bad I’ll simply pause in my car for a minute to take a few deep breaths, reflect on my day and clear my mind, before entering the house.”
- Laurenn C., Marketing, Consumer Products

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Reset your rhythm

“I think the most impactful thing I do to have a restful night’s sleep is honor the transition time between my daily work, social activities and my night. Before I enter my house I like to take a short walk around the block to reset. If it’s too late or the weather is bad I’ll simply pause in my car for a minute to take a few deep breaths, reflect on my day and clear my mind, before entering the house.”
- Laurenn C., Marketing, Consumer Products

Give yourself a siesta-level spa night

“After a long stressful day, I always sleep better after a hot bath or shower before bed. For extra REMs, throw in some calming bath salts and a candle or two. Don’t have time for a bath? Use some essential oil lavender body wash and pretend you're decompressing at your favorite spa.”
- Natalie E., Product Manager

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Give yourself a siesta-level spa night

“After a long stressful day, I always sleep better after a hot bath or shower before bed. For extra REMs, throw in some calming bath salts and a candle or two. Don’t have time for a bath? Use some essential oil lavender body wash and pretend you're decompressing at your favorite spa.”
- Natalie E., Product Manager

CALM down

“I take a few sips of CALM—Calcium Magnesium—and that truly calms me down, letting me drift away to a better night’s sleep. I always turn my diffuser on for some lavender/eucalyptus smells, plus it’s a nice white noise. Lastly, I always try and put my phone away and read at least a few pages of a book—I usually knock out after the first few paragraphs.”
- Keana N., Consumer Products Marketing Manager


Whether you’re a night owl or early bird, fall asleep fast—and stay that way until you hit the snooze button—by trying some of these daily habits or these go-to products!

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CALM down

“I take a few sips of CALM—Calcium Magnesium—and that truly calms me down, letting me drift away to a better night’s sleep. I always turn my diffuser on for some lavender/eucalyptus smells, plus it’s a nice white noise. Lastly, I always try and put my phone away and read at least a few pages of a book—I usually knock out after the first few paragraphs.”
- Keana N., Consumer Products Marketing Manager


Whether you’re a night owl or early bird, fall asleep fast—and stay that way until you hit the snooze button—by trying some of these daily habits or these go-to products!

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!