Sleep, wake, repeat. Read all about how our friends optimize their surroundings, unwind, and relax the mind for a good night—every night.

 Ada Juristovski - Nala

We sat down with Ada Juristovski, the founder natural deodorant company, Nala, to talk about her nightly bedtime rituals.

Double, Queen, or King?

King Size, baby :) Though I usually sleep on my partner’s side of the bed, “sharing” his pillow. For this reason alone I think I’d be content with a Double, but he has other thoughts around this topic.

Why is a good night’s sleep important to you?

I have a 2 year old and a business and another baby on the way. It wasn’t until my first baby started sleeping through the night that I could really appreciate what a full night’s worth of uninterrupted sleep can do for my overall wellbeing and functioning.

How many hours of sleep do you get a night—or at least dream of getting?

Currently sleeping about 7-8 hours a night - no complaints!

Are you a dreamer?

Yes, a vivid dreamer at that! I wish I could remember all of my dreams - I do believe we can get certain messages or clarifications through our dreams.

What’s currently on your bedside table?

  • A small stack of BILF (books I’d like to finish). I’m currently working through “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande.
  • A big mason jar of water
  • A “Rose & Palo” pillow spray by Woodlot 
  • “Healthy Hands” Moisturizer by AG
  • Discarded hair ties, clips, and bobby pins

Do you partake in any nightly routine before settling into bed?

Lately I’ve been wiped out by 9 PM so I keep it simple. Face wash and moisturize. Sometimes a mask. On hot nights I use the Nala Peppermint & Charcoal deodorant which keeps me feeling fresh when I wake up.  I like the idea of reading in bed but am in a bit of a rut with scrolling through my phone until I pass out. Working on being more deliberate here!

Tell us about where the magic happens—and by magic, we mean sleep. How do you optimize your sleep environment?

I have a Himalayan salt lamp which was actually in our place when we moved in. I love to use it as I’m transitioning into bed mode and kill any overhead lights.  I find my mood is greatly affected by clutter, so even if the rest of our home is a gentle war zone our bedrooms are always quite tidy.

If you feel a restless night coming on, is there anything you do to help get you through the night without waking?

I’ll usually take magnesium for bed - just find it helps calm my central nervous system and get me ready to sleep. If I feel restlessness seeping in I’ll take 2. An eye mask. Darkness. And hope for the best.

What kind of pillows do you use to keep your head in the clouds?

We’re firm kind of pillow guys!

Last but not least, what is your number one piece of can’t-sleep-without advice?

Don’t go to bed angry :)