After 2020, it’s no wonder that sleep itself has become a newfound way to optimize wellness in 2021. While sleep has indeed been around for, well, forever, it’s recently become the newest highlight of the health and wellness world for what we can optimize next for better overall well-being and health. While trying to go to bed early and get more sleep is nothing new, it seems like 2021 is the year that sleep will become a trendy self-care practice that, let’s be honest, we all need. And, of course, along with a renewed focus on sleep comes all the sleep trends themselves. Here are the best sleep trends of 2021 so you can be sure you’re getting good shut-eye while also keeping up with the Joneses.
Silk has infiltrated the sleep world in more ways than one. While we’re all familiar with silk women’s robes and slips, silk has also become a mainstay in sleepwear. From sleep sets to nightgowns, pajamas to sheets, silk is the new bamboo. Silk is actually amazing to sleep in because it’s breathable while also being insulating. Cocoon yourself in a soft silk sleep set for the ultimate comfortable and glamorous sleep.
Not just for sleeping in, silk is also trendy for sleeping on. Silk eye masks and pillowcases are two of the best sleep trends for 2021. Silk pillowcases, in particular, are super popular because they have measurable benefits to skin, hair, and hydration. Sounds miraculous, but it’s true! We easily dehydrate when we sleep, and sleeping on silk pillowcases can improve skin and hair hydration, prevent fine lines and wrinkles, and result in smoother, frizz-free hair. Similarly, wearing a silk eye mask to sleep is good for your sensitive skin and keeps out the early morning light to ensure that you get your deep sleep for a long as you need.
Since sleep has become trendy, so has upgrading our sleep gear. This includes our bedding too. While there’s no proven scientific benefit for monogramming your bedding, we have found that the more you invest in your bedding, the more time you’ll want to spend there and the more you’ll appreciate it. Personalized pillows are great additions to your bedding. Whether this is in the form of throw pillows or pillowcases, adding a monogram or another personalization is all the rage. Explore adding your initials, cute terms like “his” and “her,” or other fun words or phrases that inspire sleep mentally, even if not biologically.
Routines have long been toted by the wellness and health communities as being critical to your well-being. Whether it’s an exercise routine, a diet, or a mindfulness practice, routine and ritual can help you find more balance and wellness in your life. These days, the same goes for sleep! Bedtime rituals and nighttime routines are one of the newest sleep trends for 2021. Get inspired and create a bedtime ritual for yourself that effectively tells the body it’s time to wind down and get ready for sleep. This can include a hot shower, a self-massage, listening to nature sounds or relaxing music, lighting candles and turning off artificial lighting, putting away screens, meditating, or just about anything else that puts you into a relaxed state that’s the perfect primer for a good night’s sleep.
Meditation has been around for thousands of years as a way to experience bliss and peace. Mindfulness practices are a modern take on meditation that can also help you get to a state of feeling blissed-out, peaceful, and content. Both of these practice styles have been trendy for a while now but are taking on a whole new dimension of being the perfect primer for sleep. Slip into your most comfortable women’s pajamas and get ready for bliss. Go online to find a guided meditation or mindfulness practice that is specially designed for sleep and make it your routine to listen to it before bed every night to help you find your ultimate bliss in your dreams.
Whether you prefer incense, candles, diffusers, or all of the above, science has shown that certain plant-based essential oils can actually make us calmer. Since sleep itself is trendy, of course, all of the natural herbs that go along with it are following close behind.
Essential oils such as lavender, ylang-ylang, jasmine, sandalwood, and chamomile can all do wonders to help you relax at night and sleep even more deeply. Just be sure to use the real plant-based essential oils and not a chemical replacement for the best and healthiest results. Also, explore using an essential oil blend as a pillowcase spray so you can soak up the scents as you sleep.
The nightgown has taken on a whole new dimension in the last year. Once just a throwback to our Victorian-era grandmother, nightgowns have become what we sleep in and relax in. The perfect in-between for sleepwear, loungewear, and even nap-wear, nightgowns are the ultimate go-to-sleep trend that you should be wearing for anything remotely related to sleeping.
Make sleep your new favorite activity (if it wasn't already!) with these super trendy and all-around wonderful sleep trends of 2021 that you really don’t want to miss.