Sleep, wake, repeat. Read all about how our friends optimize their surroundings, unwind, and relax the mind for a good night—every night.
We sat down with Lisa and Alexa, the founders Good Juju, creators of all natural, plastic-free home & body products, to talk about their nightly bedtime rituals.
Double, Queen, or King?
Why is a good night’s sleep important to you?
Alexa: My son didn’t sleep for the first five years of his life. This year, he finally started sleeping through the night and I realized how much sleep deprivation had affected me. I’m SUCH a better person when I get a good night’s sleep. I can think better, I can handle stress better, and I’m generally just way happier!
Lisa: Sleep is so important to my mental health and overall balance in life. I always prioritize my sleep!
How many hours of sleep do you get a night—or at least dream of getting?
Alexa: 8 is perfect for me. I don’t like to sleep in anymore, so even if I go to bed late I get up early.
Lisa: 7-8 for me is ideal, but I really like to sleep so I love when I can get 9 or 10.
Are you a dreamer?
Alexa: Every night! I take melatonin to sleep and it gives me the most vivid dreams.
Lisa: Heck ya. Too much of one honestly. Sometimes I wake up feeling like I lived a whole other life while I was asleep and not restored at all. Lol
What’s currently on your bedside table?
Alexa: A huge stack of books I haven’t started yet. I am a book collector and a book hoarder. I can’t go into a bookshop without buying a book… so the stack next to my bed just keeps growing and growing.
Lisa: A lot of books I have started and haven’t finished (I am great at doing that). But the two that are the most current are Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and Karma by Sadhguru
Do you partake in any nightly routine before settling into bed?
Alexa: I always wash my face and then apply waaaay too many serums and moisturizers. I find it helps calm me down before bed. If I have time after that, I try to read for awhile in bed. I also “try” to limit my phone screen time but have to admit I have not been great at setting those boundaries for myself.
Lisa: Loosely. I am a night showerer so it always begins with that a couple of hours before bed. Then I ‘try’ to limit my phone screen time. But mostly it is just winding down and relaxing for the couple of hours before bed. No stimulating activity.
Tell us about where the magic happens—and by magic, we mean sleep. How do you optimize your sleep environment?
Alexa: Blackout blinds and ear plugs. I am a really light sleeper and everything wakes me up. I don’t like to be too hot and would rather it be too cold so I can snuggle up in my duvet.
Lisa: My bedroom is very minimalistic. I like to keep it simple and calm so that the environment is great for a good night's sleep. Black out blinds for sure, and I don’t believe in having TV’s in the bedroom
If you feel a restless night coming on, is there anything you do to help get you through the night without waking?
Alexa: I take melatonin every night. My sleep was disturbed for so long by my son that I don’t think my body remembers how to sleep naturally anymore. I also take magnesium and herbs to calm my mind.
Lisa: Supplements! I am a big fan of Natural Health. Magnesium and/or a tincture from St. Francis Herb Farm to calm me.
What kind of pillows do you use to keep your head in the clouds?
Alexa: Medium or firm.
Lisa: Organic cotton, medium firmness. I can’t do a fluffy pillow.
Last but not least, what is your number one piece of can’t-sleep-without advice?
Alexa: Mine is the same as Lisa’s! The bedroom should only be used for those two things. :)
Lisa: I would say do not watch TV in bed, on a TV, phone or laptop. I once heard it said that your bedroom should be for sleep and sex only and I think its spot on.