"Baths are wonderful for bedtime," says Laura Stack. They're a
great way to wind down and prepare your body for sleep. But no
quick dips. Make a ritual out of it. Here are some ways to turn
your plain-old bathroom into a stay-at-home spa, from Janet
Kinosian's The Well-Rested Woman: 60 Soothing Suggestions for
Getting a Good Night's Sleep.
- The water temperature should be at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit
(that's probably warmer than your usual bathing water temp). You
also want to try to keep the bath continuously hot.
- Soak for 25 to 30 minutes, then lie down in your bed in a cool
room. The resulting rise and fall in body temperature will make it
easier for you to fall-and stay-asleep.
- Try a scented bath oil. Some scents associated with relaxation
are lavender, tangerine and sandalwood.
- Pat dry, don't rub. You don't want to overstimulate your body
now that you're fully relaxed!
- If you're pregnant or you have high blood pressure or heart
problems, you should consult with your doctor before starting a
For an even more indulgent spa experiece, visit your local
Massage Envy clinic for a Hot Stone Massage
or a Reflexology
Massage to promote deep relaxation.