Sleep is incredibly important to our well-being both mentally and physically, but the NHS reports that fewer and fewer of us are getting our optimum 7 to 9 hours a night. Creating a blissful bedtime routine and sticking to it can really help. Alongside boosting brain power, being well rested improves the skin, allowing it to regenerate more efficiently, it turns out beauty sleep is no myth.
Reset Your Body Clock
The NHS recommends setting a regular bedtime and sticking to it, allowing our internal body clock the opportunity to regulate itself. Choose a time that’s realistic, but also allows you to get at least seven hours of sleep.
Rituals to Unwind
An hour before bedtime start your wind-down, choose a signal to move your mind into bedtime mode, perhaps draw the curtains, light a candle or get into your pyjamas – something to signify that the great unwind has begun.
Next, take time to thoroughly cleanse skin, massage away the strain of the day with a silky balm formula like Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm. Follow with a night treatment such as Colbert MD Soothe – Night or Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Cell Repair Night Oil, to aid overnight regeneration.
If thoughts and worries start creeping in, disturbing your calm wind down time, then try keeping a notepad to hand and writing down anything to address in the morning. If your mind continues to work double-time, the de Mamiel aromatherapeutic sleep series oils could help. Blended by Annee de Maimel the fragrant, roll on oils work to combat daily stress and gently aid relaxation. Apply the Settle or Soothe oil to the inside of wrists, roll across your chest and breathe deeply.
Your Happy Space
It’s important to make your bedroom a calm place as your mind needs to associate the space with sleep. Keep your TV, phone and computer out of the room if possible, instead listen to music that helps you unwind, and choose a gentle mindful activity to help stop any worries. Try reading, knitting, drawing, colouring, or have a stretch.
Invest in thick curtains or blinds so you’re not distracted by light from the outside world and choose a dimmer switch or lamp to keep the light low and let your body know that it’s nearly time to sleep. Calming fragrances can help to soothe the mind and aid relaxation so try a pillow spray, we like Ren Clean Skincare & Now To Sleep Pillow Spray. Lighting a candle and focusing on the flickering light is a classic mindfulness exercise that helps to calm busy minds, try This Works Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle with its relaxing aroma of lavender and chamomile.