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Lights Out with Candice Kaye

We sat down with Candice Kaye, the founder of Candice Kaye Design to talk about her nightly bedtime rituals.

Double, Queen, or King?

KING.

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

A good night's sleep is very important to me, almost as important as my morning coffee. My days are full with very little room for mistakes. I need to be rested and alert in order to function. Ideas flow better when I’m rested. In an ideal world I head to bed for 9:30 pm and I am up at 6:30 am. I like to get up a couple hours before the work day starts. The quiet moments in the morning are my time to center myself and prepare for the day. I notice a shift in my productivity when I don’t give myself that time. A good night’s sleep is also great for your overall health, my skin, and stress!

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

7-8 hours.

Are you a dreamer?

Yes! I have had vivid dreams since I can remember. I try to remember to write them down when I wake up, I was told vivid dreams can be messages from your higher self. I am also a daytime dreamer! I daydream all the time.

What’s currently on your bedside table?

My book (I am currently reading Matthew McConaughney’s biography) phone, lamp, hot water with lemon and my jewelry.

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

I try to read a couple pages to unwind to turn my mind off from the day. Sometimes I’ll curl up on bed and scroll through Pinterest.

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

When I climb into bed I have to remind myself to turn off from the day. All of the to-do lists or that email I didn’t get around to can wait until the morning. My bed is my place of rest, so I make sure I love it! I love a big comfy down duvet. I have always believed in investing in a good product for your bed. It’s where we spend so much time. Never underestimate good sheets.

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

Dreamwater! I really love this product and it doesn’t make you drowsy the next day. I try not to have caffeine after 12 pm, I find this makes a big difference to my sleep. Reading before bed puts me into a deep sleep. It’s a great way to take your mind off everything and dive into the story.

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

I have a foam pillow and it's magic.

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

Try to place your phone far away from you when you’re ready to get into bed.