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We sat down with Julia Reid and Hallie Gould, the co-founders of tuck, to talk about their nightly bedtime rituals.
Double, Queen, or King?
Hallie: As of today, Queen. But I’m absolutely upgrading to a King in 2022!
Why is a good night’s sleep important to you?
Julia: Everything is easier with a good night’s sleep. My ability to focus and patience (particularly with small kids!) suffer when I haven’t slept enough.
Hallie: Sleep has long been my favorite activity. I don’t function well on little sleep and love crawling into bed early.
How many hours of sleep do you get a night—or at least dream of getting?
Julia: I hope to get at least 7 a night but would love more.
Hallie: 8-9 hours. The more the better!
Are you a dreamer?
Julia: Generally speaking yes but they are incredibly vivid when I’m pregnant (which I am currently…).
Hallie: Yes! I typically have pretty vivid dreams. Sometimes I can remember exactly what happened and draw lines back to what’s happening in my real life. Other times, they’re gone the instant I wake up.
What’s currently on your bedside table?
Julia: The proverbial stack of books I’d like to read, glass of water and a very basic clock.
Hallie: A glass of water and a mirad of lotions, oils and balm (I love trying new products) and my kindle - I just finished Year Book, by Seth Rogan and was laughing out loud every night before bed.
Do you partake in any nightly routine before settling into bed?
Julia: Similar to Hallie, I’m semi-obsessed with skincare. I love washing my face at the end of the day and following up with a series of products.
Hallie: My evening skincare regime is truly the only routine I have ever been able to keep consistent, anywhere in my life :) No matter what, I find time to wash my face and layer on my products. I find it extremely calming.
Tell us about where the magic happens—and by magic, we mean sleep. How do you optimize your sleep environment?
Julia: The bed is always made, the room is pitch black, and there are no phones allowed.
Hallie: Well, in 2021 I found myself doing more endless scrolling before bed, than I’d care to admit. So, phone out of the room! Then, of course, climbing into clean, soft sheets. This year we were testing different samples, so making and crawling into bed became the best type of work.
If you feel a restless night coming on, is there anything you do to help get you through the night without waking?
Julia: It’s probably cliche to say but to-do lists really help. I often find my mind running with hundreds of things (or so it seems) outstanding.
Hallie: If my mind won’t wind down, I’ll usually put on a podcast. It helps me focus on something different than what’s in my head.
What kind of pillows do you use to keep your head in the clouds?
Julia: I’m a side sleeper so love a soft/medium pillow for my head and a body pillow.
Hallie: I recently purchased some tempurpedic pillows and I will never look back. They’re the perfect mix of soft and supportive. Heaven.
Last but not least, what is your number one piece of can’t-sleep-without advice?
Julia: Honestly, take some time and figure out what kind of bedding is best for you. It makes everything better :)
Hallie: I’ve been told MANY times that a solid evening routine is so helpful for your body and mind - so a simple and achievable few steps before bed to make my sleep better is a goal of mine for the year ahead.