This Supplement Is Like An Adult Bedtime Story — It'll Put You To Sleep Fast*
When it comes to getting a good night's sleep, kids are actually some of our greatest teachers. Most children are trained from a young age to stick with a strict nightly routine. Once it gets to a certain hour, they know the time has come to brush their teeth, slip into their PJs, maybe visit the land of Hogwarts or Narnia for a few minutes, and then start snoozing.
This consistency, combined with the fact that they're not boozing, scrolling through emails, or stressing about bills before bed (I hope) means that children can get the high-quality sleep that many adults only dream of.
While we can't turn back the clock by a few decades, we can return to some childlike bedtime habits for the sake of our sleep. Here are a few ways to craft a more stable sleep routine, no matter your age.
How to sleep like a kid again
First things first: adults need bedtimes just as much as kids do. Experts agree that going to bed at roughly the same time every day is an important part (if not the most important part) of establishing a healthy circadian rhythm—and healthy sleep, by extension. Without a parent figure around to nag you about it, you can keep yourself accountable to your "adult bedtime" by setting a recurring alarm on your phone that reminds you to start winding down.
Then begins your nightly routine. This, too, should stay relatively consistent. Find a relaxing practice that you genuinely enjoy doing—be it journaling, doing a quick breath practice, thinking about what you're grateful for, etc.—and carve out a few minutes to do it each night. When repeated, this practice will also send a signal to your body that it's time for bed.
Taking a sleep supplement at the same time each day is another way to give your body the gentle nudge it needs to prepare for sleep.*
How does it work, you ask? sleep support+ features three ingredients that have been clinically studied to support sleep:
- Magnesium bisglycinate: A bioavailable essential mineral that has been shown to help adults fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer1*
- Jujube seed extract: An extract of jujube dates, a fruit that has long been used to promote relaxation in traditional Chinese medicine*
- GABA: A naturally occurring neurotransmitter that sends the brain a signal to calm down and enhances natural sleep quality2*
These ingredients are present in science-backed doses high enough to make a difference you can actually feel (and see, if you're someone who wears a sleep tracker). Take it from sleep support+ user Carleigh, who saw her REM time increase by 400% over her first two weeks taking the product. Or Hannah Margaret, who consistently gets an A-range sleep score (which measures total time asleep and time in REM and deep sleep) on nights when she takes the product.*
It also makes a difference the next morning. Since sleep support+ is non-hormonal, it doesn't cause the same grogginess as sleep aids like melatonin; just all-day energy.*
There's a lot to learn from kids' sleep routines, including the importance of a strict bedtime and the need for a steady nightly schedule. Add sleep support+ to your evenings and prepare to fall asleep like a kid again—temper tantrums not included.*
Emma Loewe is the Sustainability and Health Director at mindbodygreen and the author of Return to Nature: The New Science of How Natural Landscapes Restore Us. She is also the co-author of The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide To Ancient Self Care, which she wrote alongside Lindsay Kellner.
Emma received her B.A. in Environmental Science & Policy with a specialty in environmental communications from Duke University. In addition to penning over 1,000 mbg articles on topics from the water crisis in California to the rise of urban beekeeping, her work has appeared on Grist, Bloomberg News, Bustle, and Forbes. She's spoken about the intersection of self-care and sustainability on podcasts and live events alongside environmental thought leaders like Marci Zaroff, Gay Browne, and Summer Rayne Oakes.