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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.
death of the walk-in
The Latest
Published Wednesday May 20, 2020 by Sara Lesher

When Salons Near Me Reopen: What To Expect From The First Visit Back

Beauty
Salon

Times are strange right now, as you all know. We’ve all heard the phrase “new normal” about a million times already, and all the while, things are still changing every day. If you asked me a few months ago what I’d be writing about right now, I would never have guessed I’d be interviewing someone about what it’s like to get a haircut

Nonetheless, we’re all doing our best to band together and help each other out right now. You may have noticed salons and spas offering messages of support, video tutorials for DIY beauty, and now, waitlists and announcements of reopening their doors. But as we all know, this isn’t the “old normal” anymore, and there will be changes. 

Here’s what you can expect to be different when you finally head back into the salon or spa:


Going the distance

As salons and spas begin to reopen, they’ll likely have to make changes due to new social distancing requirements. When you enter the space, you’ll probably see a complete rearrangement. Stations will be separated by at least six feet, and some might even be removed to allow for more space. Salons that don’t have that much space to spare are putting in temporary walls or partitions. 

On top of that, there may be fewer appointments scheduled at the same time (and definitely no walk-ins) to limit the number of people in the building. Say goodbye to waiting rooms and lobbies—you’ll likely be asked to wait outside or in your car until the exact start time of your appointment to prevent too many people crowding the front.


Keeping it clean

In addition to their increase in space, salons and spas will likely up their cleaning standards and procedures. We surveyed active consumers on the Mindbody app and learned that among the many changes beauty and wellness businesses can make upon reopening, following rigorous sanitization guidelines is the most important. You’ll probably see social posts or confirmation emails that outline new cleaning protocols, and you may notice some signage hanging around the building to reassure that the areas have been disinfected. Employees, and even guests, will be wearing masks and/or gloves, and you may even get a spritz of hand sanitizer at the door. According to Salon 124 Group, getting these supplies is turning out to be one of the largest obstacles for reopening.

In between each appointment, they’ll thoroughly disinfect the area before the next client arrives. Not only that, but each time you move to a new station (like from shampoo to haircut), they may also wipe down the station as soon as you get up to make sure it’s clean for the next guest. 
 

literally check ourselves out

Checking yourself out 

After a good haircut, we all want to check ourselves out. And now that we’re all more cautious of germs and bacteria, we also want to literally check ourselves out at the end of our appointments. Out of the various fitness, beauty, and wellness businesses on our platform, consumers feel most comfortable returning to hair salons, and 62.7% said hair cutting, coloring, styling, barbering, or blow-drying would be the first beauty service they book once restrictions are lifted. An extra, important layer of comfort can be added in the form of contactless payments.

Many salons and spas will likely be incorporating some sort of contactless checkout process to limit touch points. They may end up taking your payment information at check-in via text and removing the front desk, so you don’t have to interact with another person face-to-face.


Switching it up

All-in-all, you can expect changes—and lots of them. Whether it’s increased retail offerings, curbside pickups, virtual consultations, at-home appointments, or video tutorials, many salons and spas are getting creative with how they offer support to their clients. Above all, they want to help us feel beautiful, confident, and somewhat normal during this time—and for that, we’re so thankful.


Want to hear about a real salon experience firsthand? One of our own got her hair done at a reopened salon in Georgia—here’s how it went.

Are you a salon owner yourself? Check out the Reboot Kit for Salons, Spas, & Wellness Businesses for extensive info and advice on how to prepare for reopening.



MINDBODY. “COVID-19 APP USER SURVEY #5.” MAY 2020.
Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s Marketing Content Associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).