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Better Sleep = Better Living

Whenever I’m on the road, as much as I absolutely love being on tour, I can’t help but dream about sleeping in my own bed. I truly believe better sleep leads to better health, wellness, and overall living. Designing the perfect sleep environment is an absolute priority at home. It’s something I’ve been trying to recreate on the road with the assistance of several brilliant products.

And of course, I always make sure to check in on my FitBit Charge HR to track and monitor my sleep habits.

Below are my must haves from home and my on-the-road sleep solutions while on tour for MOVE Beyond.

HOW I GET MY BEST SLEEP AT HOME

1. (Don’t) Let There Be Light
Sleep experts say deep darkness is the key to a deep sleep. It’s important to shut off or cover any tiny lights from electronics and cover all windows with blackout curtains. Light, sheer curtains may look pretty during the day but they could result in dark circles under the eyes.

2. Sleep On It
Having a great mattress is of the utmost importance to me. Mattresses range from totally affordable to crazy expensive, but no matter what your budget when you find the one that’s right for you you can have the best sleep ever.

Definitely do your research — everything from reading online reviews to visiting a showroom for a test run. Be sure you’re looking into the type of back and body support it offers and know if you’re more of a memory foam or feather top type of person.

The average person spends 229,961 hours sleeping during their lifetime — so take your time finding a mattress that will make all those hours time well spent!

3. Soak It In
I’ll often draw a bath before bed to put me in a calm, soothed state of mind. I like to add bath salts or oils with lavender, ylang ylang or vanilla to help me unwind after a long day.

HOW I GET MY BEST SLEEP AWAY FROM HOME

1. Lean On Me
I can’t exactly tote a mattress around the country but I can give myself a massage if I’m sleeping less than optimally. Trigger point balls can be a real lifesaver. You just lean into them, using your body weight to relieve knots and tension. They really work!

2. Masked
Lights out, later guys! This sleep mask does double duty — it blocks out light and is lightly lavender scented for total relaxation.

3. It’s The Balm
When I’m traveling, sometimes taking a bath is not an option (especially on a tour bus!). When I can’t stick to my bath-before-bed routine, I reach for a calming balm with aromatherapy properties. You can get the same relaxing vibe, even if you can’t enjoy the real thing.

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Julianne Hough is just trying to be a nice person who dances as often as possible, usually in public. She recently wifed up to NHL star Brooks Laich and is the proud dog-mom of two pups, Lexi & Harley (they’re the real brains behind everything).
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  • Christina

    Great tips! I saw y’all in Nashville, and the show was amazing! All of you were beasts out there! I bet it can be tricky falling asleep after giving so much energy! Anyway, just wanted to say that I loved your show and that it made my summer! Love you too so much! 😀

  • Frank Wynerth Summers III

    A limerick on Julianne’s beauty sleep,
    Drawn on visions to make a man weep.
    I keep this clean,
    But it can be seen,
    This post makes varied parts leap

  • This is so important. I loved “The Body Book” by Cameron Diaz because it really opened my eyes to how to get a proper sleep, no electrics for an hours before bed, have a ritual that your body and mind will come to know as “get ready to sleep”, warm shower to clean and relax, hydrate, get comfortable and be in darkness. My husband thinks I am such a princess because I will pack a sleep mask and earplugs everywhere. Just in case.

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