Sleeping Beauty • Ally Draizin

My facialist Ally Draizin, founder of Heart Of Gold in Portland, is extra special because her sessions consist of much more than simply a facial. She is a practitioner and herbalist that is concerned about all elements of life that are contributing to one's beauty and skin. Here is her wise insight on how sleep in contributing to our beauty.  

A |  Sleep flows in a circular pattern, like an ouroboros, or the moon cycle. When our head hits the pillow and we succumb to the other world that is sleep, the cycle begins with a deeply restorative repair sequence. Our physical body is attended to with loving care, from head to toe, from the inside out. It's why the proverb "beauty sleep" exists. It's also why it's so important to get quality sleep when you're sick or recovering from injury.

The second phase of sleep (which has many nuances) is mentally & emotionally integrative, A.K.A. dreaming. We work through our subconscious landscape: putting our burdens to rest, and telling our life story in the subtle language of our soul. A full cycle of sleep lasts about 90 minutes, so if we're on the right track, we have 5 chances for physical & mental healing per night.

Our bodies and minds crave sleep for a reason, but we've been trained to ignore it. We have to relearn how to woo sleep. Let's start by transforming our bedrooms into a quiet, calm oasis of sexy sleep. Or should I say, sex and sleep. No Instagramming, no Netflixing, no working, no lounging. Let's turn the lights off in our bedroom and have a look around; are there any electronic lights sneaking around? Cover them with electrical tape. Now turn your ringer off. Set an alarm, but don't keep a clock visible from the bed (especially if you tend to check it throughout the night).

Here are some oasis essentials

a good mattress
blackout curtains
fan or white noise machine
comfy pillow
earplugs (Flents Quiet Please are great)
humidifier if you have dry skin
silk or cashmere eye pillow
Yoga Nidra App
your birthday suit

Let go of the idea that you have to be always productive. We are human be-ings, not human do-ings. Go to bed at, or close to, the same time every night. Aim for the amount of sleep that makes you feel best. For me, I like 9 hours. Some like 7 or 8, it's variable. Just listen to your body, always. If you're having a hard time falling asleep, get up and do something till you feel drowsy. Be sure to pull back the curtains when you wake up in the morning to signal your circadian clock that it's time to be up & active.


For deeper wisdom, consult or visit Ally at her Portland space Heart Of Gold. I highly recommend the Love Song or Golden Hour treatments.