As we near next Thursday’s Winter Solstice, our nights are getting longer. If you’re like me, the urge to go to bed earlier and sleep in later is strong. I also find myself wanting to spend more time alone, either in deep reflection or just cozied up with a hot mug of tea and a few Netflix episodes to binge on.
My jade roller, Hydralift mask, Silc Skin’s (treat wrinkles while you sleep!), hot and creamy soups, faux fur blanket, pine, cypress, and balsam-scented candles, and heated slippers are my Hygge must-haves these days.
While this can feel counter to our culture that is busier than ever this time of year,
I urge you to follow the feelings in your body. It never lies. We forget that we are biologically creatures of nature, and our bodies too have their own rhythm with the seasons.
The truth is we are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis. Ariana Huffington speaks to this in her well-researched book, The Sleep Revolution. Sleep deprivation is killing us, our productivity, and our complexions. If you needed permission to surrender to the energy of the Solstice and get some much-needed rest, here it is: