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Wellness
Published Thursday Feb 06, 2020 by Gravity

Sleep Away the Stress: Gravity's Tips for Improving Sleep (Including Their Weighted Blanket!)

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From the challenges we face every day to what’s going on in broader society, life can be tough. We’re constantly moving from one task to the next, and before we know it, the week has flown by. With this fast-paced lifestyle, it’s easy to feel run-down. That’s why it’s important to take care of yourself in a safe space to relax, de-stress, and give your body and mind the recovery they need. 

Proper self-care goes beyond what we do when we’re awake. It’s important to use the time you’re asleep to let yourself reset and recover. Sleep is linked to mood, mental health, productivity, and workplace performance. Getting good (or bad) sleep can often set the tone for your day, so it’s important to make quality sleep a part of your daily routine. Here are a few tips for better sleep!

Set the tone during the day.

During the time you’re awake, take care to properly prime your body for eventual sleep. Be sure to have a healthy diet, because what you eat affects the way you think and feel. Exercise can help decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods, so try to incorporate a little cardio into your daily routine. And at some point during your day, take time to engage in meditation and/or mindfulness. Relaxation exercises can improve your state of mind and outlook on life and may help you feel calmer.

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Set the tone during the day.

During the time you’re awake, take care to properly prime your body for eventual sleep. Be sure to have a healthy diet, because what you eat affects the way you think and feel. Exercise can help decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods, so try to incorporate a little cardio into your daily routine. And at some point during your day, take time to engage in meditation and/or mindfulness. Relaxation exercises can improve your state of mind and outlook on life and may help you feel calmer.

Create a bedtime routine.

Start winding down an hour before bedtime. If you’ve ever toiled away on your laptop answering emails right up until lights-out, you’ve likely had a hard time slowing your mind down and getting to sleep. Try and settle into a relaxation routine about an hour before bedtime. Take a warm shower, watch a little TV, or try some light stretching or yoga. Try to disconnect from your phone at least 30 minutes before bedtime so you can relax and unwind. Even better, keep it out of the bedroom completely by charging it in a different room overnight!

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Create a bedtime routine.

Start winding down an hour before bedtime. If you’ve ever toiled away on your laptop answering emails right up until lights-out, you’ve likely had a hard time slowing your mind down and getting to sleep. Try and settle into a relaxation routine about an hour before bedtime. Take a warm shower, watch a little TV, or try some light stretching or yoga. Try to disconnect from your phone at least 30 minutes before bedtime so you can relax and unwind. Even better, keep it out of the bedroom completely by charging it in a different room overnight!

Up your comfort game.

Your bedroom should be a sacred, peaceful space. The place where even after the hardest days, you can relax, de-stress, and recover. Decorate your room exactly how you want it, and be sure to make your bed extra comfy. Our recommendation? Try a Gravity Blanket—a weighted blanket that promotes better sleep and combats stress. Named one of TIME’s 50 Best Inventions of 2018, the Gravity Blanket uses “deep touch pressure stimulation,” which makes you feel like you’re being hugged and relaxes your nervous system. It gives you a sense of calm and comfort, allowing you to fall asleep faster and more deeply. Plus, it comes in lots of different sizes and colors so you can match your beautifully decorated bedroom.

It’s the only brand of weighted blankets that’s scientifically proven to improve sleep and reduce stress. In a 2019 Sleepscore Labs Study, 72% of participants reported sleep improvement, with enhanced feelings of relaxation and restfulness. 76% of users reported falling asleep faster, and 76% said they felt more rested when they woke up in the morning. 55% of users agreed that it reduced overall stress, and 78% of those who had tried other sleep products said they preferred the Gravity Blanket. 

Want to see for yourself? Use code Mindbody20 at checkout between now and March 31 for 20% off everything!

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Up your comfort game.

Your bedroom should be a sacred, peaceful space. The place where even after the hardest days, you can relax, de-stress, and recover. Decorate your room exactly how you want it, and be sure to make your bed extra comfy. Our recommendation? Try a Gravity Blanket—a weighted blanket that promotes better sleep and combats stress. Named one of TIME’s 50 Best Inventions of 2018, the Gravity Blanket uses “deep touch pressure stimulation,” which makes you feel like you’re being hugged and relaxes your nervous system. It gives you a sense of calm and comfort, allowing you to fall asleep faster and more deeply. Plus, it comes in lots of different sizes and colors so you can match your beautifully decorated bedroom.

It’s the only brand of weighted blankets that’s scientifically proven to improve sleep and reduce stress. In a 2019 Sleepscore Labs Study, 72% of participants reported sleep improvement, with enhanced feelings of relaxation and restfulness. 76% of users reported falling asleep faster, and 76% said they felt more rested when they woke up in the morning. 55% of users agreed that it reduced overall stress, and 78% of those who had tried other sleep products said they preferred the Gravity Blanket. 

Want to see for yourself? Use code Mindbody20 at checkout between now and March 31 for 20% off everything!

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Gravity is a premium sleep and wellness brand that creates science-backed solutions for sleep and stress, including the popular Gravity Weighted Blanket.
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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

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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

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Bree Lewis
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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!