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Guests often ask our Registered Dietitian Junelle Lupiani what they should eat or drink before bed to help with sleep. Her recommendation is not warm milk... it's something you might not have expected.

Tea:

A cup of hot valerian root tea. The herb valerian has been used for centuries to help ready us for bedtime.

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One of Miraval's many yoga and meditation offerings is Dream Yoga, where participants can learn to consciously surrender to sleep and dreams through this restorative yoga practice for the mind, body, and soul. Miraval's Meditation and Yoga team has put together a Dream Yoga practice that you can do at home. Below are relaxing and restorative poses that can easily be done in one’s bedroom in 10 minutes before bedtime. Enjoy!

Wide Legged Child's Pose (Balasana) — 1 Minute

Have the big toes touching and the knees wide. Draw the buttocks back toward the heels, or onto the heels. Release the chest and forehead to the floor (or bed), stretch arms out in front or drape them back over the thighs. Release into this posture for 5 to 10 slow deep breaths.

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By: Simon Marxer, Miraval's Spa Director

There is a reason spas are set up in hushed, low-lit lounge areas. They are designed to make you feel swaddled, to provide comfort and security. You can re-create this spa effect in your home or bedroom with just a few of the quick and easy steps below.

Use Neutral Tones

  • Neutral walls, like beige or other earth tones, are quieting visually and contribute to the calming effect of a spa environment.
  • Buy pillows and other accents in cool green and blue—these are the most calming hues.

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Miraval's Board Certified Registered Nurse and Health Coach, Sheryl Brooks, has created a new lecture focused on healthy sleep! Many of us do not fully understand the impact sleep has on our health. Sleep deprivation has negative effects on aging, immune system function, metabolism, reaction time, memory, and much more. Work with Sheryl in "Are You Sleeping?" to learn more about recent sleep research, what is happening while you sleep, and how to work with instead of against your body to get a better night's sleep.

Below are some quick and easy tips from Sheryl to begin improving your quality of sleep:

  • Avoid large meals or alcohol close to bedtime. Alcohol affects your brain chemistry and it's common for people to actually wake up as the alcohol is metabolized through the body.
  • Avoid caffeine after noon.

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