How To: Unwind at Night
After a long, stressful day there’s nothing more appealing than coming home, relaxing, and checking your worries at the door. Easier said than done. After chatting with local Chicagoans, we decided to team up with Dr. Aaron Michelfelder of the Loyal University Health System to figure out how to unwind at night.
- Unwind the mind: A great way to do this is to grab your favorite book or take some time to journal about your day. Michelfelder suggests reading an actual, hard copy rather than than turning to your beloved Kindle or iPad. “If you’re in front of something that’s electronic, it can be rather stimulating,” he says.
- Unwind the body: Contrary to popular belief, exercise isn’t always stimulating. A gentle walk can relax muscles, release endorphins to help calm the body, and give you time to reflect on your day.
If you’re looking to fall asleep, Michelfelder suggests drinking an herbal tea or taking a warm bath to elevate your body temperature before your head hits the pillow. As your body cools itself, it releases natural hormones that aid in sleep. Sweet dreams. Zzzzz.