Relaxing Bath Tips to Support Better Sleep

I want to share with you some of my relaxing bath tips that help me unwind, relax and sleep better.  While I don't take a bath every night, there are evenings when I can tell I'm really revved up (without the help of any caffeine or sugar) and need to be intentional about relaxing.  

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Here are some tips that may help you as well.

Epsom Salts

Add 2-3 cups of Epsom salts to your bath to help you relax before bedtime.  I use a lot of Epsom salts and found that getting a bulk order in 3 small bags is easier to handle than one large heavy bag. 

benefits of epsom salt baths

The magnesium sulfate is absorbed through your skin and helps to calm your sympathetic nervous system after a busy day.

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I prefer to get unscented salts as many of the scented ones use a synthetic oil rather than a pure unadulterated one. Add your own essential oil if you want lavender or other calming oils.

Solimo Epsom Salt Soaking Aid, 8 Pound (Pack of 3)

De-chlorinate your Bath Water

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The first thing I do to prepare for a relaxing bath is to add one to two tablets of Vitamin C to the bathwater to deactivate the chlorine.  Chlorine is readily absorbed into the skin while sitting in hot water.  To avoid bathing in this toxin add a tablet or two of vitamin C to your water.   I've tried other types of dechlorinators that hang on the tub faucet and they just don't work well on mine.   This is much easier. The tablets dissolve quickly and I find that my skin is softer and the smell of chlorine is gone.

Vitabath Vita-C-bath Effervescent Vitamin C Dechlorination

Ancient Minerals Bath Flakes

Add magnesium bath flakes to your bath to absorb this calming mineral through your skin. After reader Dr. Mark Sircus' book, Transdermal Magnesium Therapy: A New Modality for the Maintenance of Health, I began adding magnesium flakes to my bath.   As a magnesium expert, he endorses the Ancient Minerals brand so that is what I use.

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These magnesium chloride flakes are dry flakes of magnesium chloride hexadyrate that include other trace minerals.  The magnesium is  extracted from the Ancient Zechstein Seabed in Europe, 1600 to 2000 meters deep in the interior of the Earth.

Dissolve 1 to 3 cups of magnesium flakes in a full tub bath or foot bath and soak for 30 minutes or more.

I love a hot bath and normally made my bath water as hot as I could stand it, until I found out that water that is too hot can actually deplete your magnesium and interferes with magnesium aborsption.  So aim for a warm bath with a temperature in the range of 101-103 F.  

This eight pound bag is the best value.

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes 8lb - Pure Genuine Zechstein Magnesium Chloride

Dead Sea Salt Bath

dead sea salt bath

My latest "go to" for a relaxing bath is the Dead Sea Salt option by San Francisco Salt Company.  I buy it in bulk - the largest size is 10 lbs.  Several nights when I've had trouble falling asleep, I have gotten out of bed and soaked in these bath salts for 20" and every time (so far) I have fallen right to sleep.  

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glass bath salt jars

I like to store my bath salts in class apothecary jars right next to the tub.    They not only look nice, but the wide mouth openings make it easy to scoop the salts or magnesium flakes into the tub. 

11" Clear Glass Apothecary Jar with Lid -11-inch High Glass Canister

Lavender Bath Oil

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Add several drops of lavender pure essential oil along with the magnesium flakes to your bath water.

I find the smell of lavender appealing and it is known for promoting sleep and relaxation. 

You can also use it at bedtime by rubbing  a drop or two of oil on the bottom of your feet.  By establishing a regular bedtime routine, often the body and brain will associate those activities or aroma with sleep.  

The line of essential oils that has been third party tested for purity is Rocky Mountain Oils.  Many cheaper oils have been diluted or adulterated, so if you are going to spend the money on oils, look for ones that have independent testing. 

Rocky Mountain Oils - Lavender Bulgaria - 15 ml - 100% Pure and Natural Essential Oil

Sulfate Free Body Wash

beautycounter body wash

Use a body wash that is free of sulfates and other harmful ingredients.  The majority of shampoos and body washes use sulfate to help create lather or foam.  However it strips the body of essential oils and can leave the skin and scalp dry and irritated. 

Names such as sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate are ingredients you want to avoid in your personal health care products.  This toxic chemical is used to de-grease in car washes and car repair shops.

I have started using products by Beauty Counter whose mission is to get safe products in the hands of everyone.  They have created a list of 1500 ingredients that they will never use - the FDA has banned only 11 ingredients in the US.  Their Everyday Body Wash and shampoo is what I use now exclusively.   My skin, scalp and hair is less dry and I am happy to have found personal health care products that are safe and free of harmful chemicals. 

Sulfate Free Body Wash by Beauty Counter

Bath Salt Scrub

brown sugar body scrub

For a spa like experience and an evening of pampering, include a bath salt scrub to buff away dead skin.  This body exfoliator scrub, made by Beautycounter is made with all natural ingredients - brown sugar,, and oils like sweet almond oil, sunflower seed oil, apricot kernel oil, and lemon peel oil

No synthetic fragrances only real sugar and essential oils that leave your skin smooth, hydrated and glowing.  

I use products from this company because they are committed to only including safe ingredients no harsh chemicals or fake fragrances.

Give it a try and your glowing skin will thank you.

Antioxidant Body Wash Scrub with Brown Sugar, Almonds, Apricot Seeds and Antioxidant Rich Acai Berry

Read to Relax

Reading a good book helps me relax while taking a bath, but I usually read with my Kindle Paperwhite and there's been more than a couple of times I've almost dropped it into the water.  Thankfully I don't need to worry about that anymore with the new Kindle Oasis. 

relaxing bath tips

Reading a not too exciting book at bedtime is my way of unwinding.  It distracts my mind from the stresses of today and the anticipated ones (real or not so real) of tomorrow.   Sometimes I've gotten sooo sleepy that I've just about dropped my Kindle Paperwhite in the bath water. 

Then that would kind of stress me out - so I decided to get a waterproof case.  But now I can easily read my book and not worry about nodding off and ruining my Kindle with the new waterproof Kindle Oasis.  According to Amazon, "your Kindle has been tested to withstand brief accidental immersion in water...however, it is not intended for underwater use."  If your Kindle Oasis does fall into your bathwater here are the instructions from Amazon:

1.  Quickly get your Kindle out and remove the cover if you have one

2.  Unplug all cables and drain it by letting it stand upright with the micro-USB port facing down

3.  Rinse your kindle off using fresh cold tap water with the micro-USB port facing the water source and drain your Kindle again.

4.  Let it dry fully in a well-ventilated area before plugging in the USB cable 

5.  Do not use any other heat source like a hair dryer to dry your Kindle

Kindle Oasis – Now with adjustable warm light

Bamboo Bath Caddy

bamboo bath caddy
Once you start taking relaxing baths and find they help you sleep, invest in a good bath caddy.

The chrome arms of this bamboo bathtub caddy adjusts to fit most bath tubs and extends up to 42".   It can hold a book or a tablet for those who like to relax with a good book. Looking at magazines is another good way to unwind and this caddy will hold it as well. You can even watch a favorite TV show on your tablet.

Instead of wine, which is a sleep disrupter, sip a cup of sleep promoting tea.

Umbra Aquala Bamboo and Chrome Bathtub Caddy

Relaxing Bath Tips using Music

Place an Echo Dot in your bathroom and listen to sleep promoting music or listen to a sleep meditation.

If you are an Amazon Prime Member there are several options of sleep promoting music and meditations you can listen to for free.  Just ask Alexa to play meditation music or sleep sounds.

If I find that at bedtime I am feeling revved up, I will soak in the bath with one of my favorite bath salts for at least 20".  Most of the time this is an effective way for me to feel relaxed and ready to fall asleep.  Sometimes I will go to bed and if I have not fallen asleep in around 20" and I haven't taken a relaxing soak, I will get up and soak in some magnesium flakes with lavender and find that the majority of the time I can then fall asleep.  So give it a try and find yourself relaxed and ready to sleep.

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