In between work, your social life, and your (non-existent) gym routine, getting a good night’s sleep can seem like an unobtainable luxury that’s turning into a myth. A poor night’s sleep can impact on our ability to concentrate, our immune systems, and mental wellbeing. Stats show that one in every three people are affected by insomnia, so we decided that it’s time to take action. Follow our guide below to unlock the secret to getting your best 8 hours. Tip: it’s more than just cutting out the energy drinks.
Bed time = pamper time
A remedy for sleep that’s as old as time is having a warm bath before bed. Having a bath helps us to relax by reducing our core temperature, which in turn induces better sleep. Treat yourself to a soak with the Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak to soothe tired muscles, and light the Sunday Of London Midnight Somewhere Candle to get the relaxation vibes flowing. Once you get into bed, massage any areas of tension with the Skin Gym Mini Facial Roller and Mount Lai Jade Massaging Comb. Granted, you may not have time to give yourself a full two hour pamper every night but adding parts to your nightly routine will help.
Try out yoga and meditation
It’s a proven fact that regular exercise can help you to sleep better, and the rise of mindful exercising such as yoga has become a trusted way to help aid sleep and increase your sense of wellbeing. Practice a few yoga stretches before bed – YouTube is full of routines that are specifically curated to help prepare your body for sleep. To take it a step further, combine with meditation to reflect and quieten the mind before you drop off.
Create a sleep-friendly environment
Although you may believe that once it’s dark, you can’t see the environment around you, but this is where you might be tripping up. Research shows that making your bedroom a sanctuary of calm and tranquillity really is the secret to a good night’s sleep. Create your calm with mood lighting (turn it off when it’s time to sleep), an essential oil diffuser, and a comfortable bed. But make sure to keep it cool – the optimal sleeping temperature is between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius. Invest in the Kitsch Silk Pillowcase and Silk Eye Mask to help you doze off. The super soft fabric feels soothing, as well as having numerous beauty benefits. Plus, when paired with the Silke London Hair Ties, using all-things silk will also save you a few extra hair-styling minutes in the morning.
Invest in sleepy scents
Perhaps one of the most highly recommended sleep remedies is a pillow spray. The soothing, typically lavender-scented pillow mists envelope you in their soothing scent, helping you to drift off in no time. The BeYou Sleep Pillow Mist has a unique yet inviting scent, which is created by as mix of essential oils including lavender, jasmine, chamomile and ylang-ylang. The long-lasting formula means the scent lasts through the night, helping you to sleep all the way through. For a little extra hit of calm, rub the Como Shambhala Calm Balm onto your pulse points and let the scent of lavender, bergamot, and geranium soothe you.
Switch it off!
It can be all too tempting to scroll through social media until it feels like its time to go to sleep, but this can sometimes be hours. It’s time to switch it off. Yep, that really means no phones or tech 30 minutes to one hour before bed. This is where you could try out those yoga poses, some meditation, or even find your latest favourite book. Although you may find it difficult at first, try to resist the temptation of picking up your phone – you’ll thank us for it.