ELLE (Canada) - - Beauty -

1. JUST BREATHE. In­stead of com­pil­ing your to-do list or even count­ing sheep, prac­tise Dr. An­drew Weil’s Zen guar­an­tee: Let out all your breath; breathe in through your nose for four sec­onds, hold for seven sec­onds and breathe out for eight. Re­peat.

2. WRITE IT DOWN. We threw out our di­aries af­ter reread­ing the em­bar­rass­ing odes to our Grade 10 crushes. But in­vest­ing in a Mole­skin to write out anx­ieties may also help you nod off, says sleep con­sul­tant Alanna McGinn of Good Night Sleep Site. “It’s out of your brain; it’s on the pa­per and you can go to bed with­out think­ing about it.”

3. BET­TER YET, COLOUR. Scrib­ble away your in­som­nia; don’t worry about stay­ing in the lines. Colour­ing books are no longer child’s play. “It brings down the heart rate and calms the body,” says McGinn.

4. FIND YOUR IN­NER YOGI. Prac­tis­ing yoga is one of the best ways to in­duce deep sleep, con­cludes a new study from the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia. Our pick of the month? Yoga Glo, a Net­flix of na­mastes that al­lows you to stream 3,000 classes.

5. TAKE A VA­CAY. One rea­son we tend to sleep bet­ter when we’re away from home is be­cause we are less di­aled in to daily stresses, says McGinn. Score even more sleep with the Power Nap treat­ment at The Spa at The Mi­ami Beach EDI­TION, which uses mi­cro-cur­rent tech­nol­ogy to mimic four hours of sleep in 20 min­utes.

6. YOUR BED = YOUR SANC­TU­ARY. Whether it’s a spe­cial pil­low­case or the rit­ual of ap­ply­ing a lux­u­ri­ous hand cream, find what you need to feel calm and em­brace it.

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