Sleep- we all need it, mostly love it- and sometimes just can’t get enough of it, literally. It should be one of the most important things in our 24 hour days, but with us being so switched on and constantly engaged (myself included- I’ve been known to fall asleep and drop my phone on my face), it’s sometimes hard to turn off enough to catch those vital Z’s. So, after having a pretty stressful week last week, I decided to put together a mini guide of the few things that help me doze of, in hope it can help some other night owls too…
One of my favourite things to do before bed (ahem, in general) is take a nice bath or hot shower and take 5 to just switch off (or, y’know have deep time shower thinks). A couple of my current favourite wind down products include this Elemis Nourishing Skin Milk (which is so moisturising), Just Lavender body polish (which is great for exfoliation, circulation and it’s calming scent) and this new Sunday Riley Blue Moon cleansing balm, which I recently started using and already love using as a mask (and also smells of chocolate orange)- deeeelicious!
One of the only times I get to sit down and properly get lost in a book is last thing at night, so making time to settle down, switch off from the Times Square of the Internet and indulge in the written word is such a luxury. It doesn’t have to be an intense, deep read (I mostly prefer something light before bed anyway)- but picking out something to help switch off (even better if it’s by Sali Hughes and teaches you something brilliant about beauty too)- is always important.
Although turning my phone off is pretty integral for me to get a good nights sleep (there’s nothing like the glow of your screen to wake you in the middle of the night as an email pings through)- I’ve recently been using an app called Sleep Cycle to help monitor my sleep, which is great. It helps wake me during my lightest hour (around my alarm time)- so I don’t wake up feeling as groggy or tired as normal- definitely worth a go for any early risers!
Until recently id never really tried anything by This Works- but after using their Pillow Spray their brand name has become all too relevant, because boy did this help me catch the Z’s. I know something like this won’t cure all of the sleep problems there are, but being clinically proven to help improve sleep and relaxation it does get a huge thumbs up from me, and certainly helped calm a very busy mind before bed and drift off peacefully.
It’s no secret that loading up on the lavs (which is an abbreviation that sounds far better on paper than aloud) is the perfect partner for some added calm. I bought this mini lavender oil when travelling recently and it’s delicate fragrance certainly helped keep this gal chill. If I’m feeling a little anxious or need a little relaxation, a couple of drops on my PJs (or wrists) is the perfect antidote to any jitters.
Although not essential, the feeling of putting on a favourite pair of clean PJs always has me jumping into bed before late. These ones from 8 hour studio are certainly a more special pair, but seeing as I’ll probably have them for a very long time (and can usually justify wardrobe purchases)- I can warrant a little treat when it comes to sleepwear.
(DISCLAIMER: I know this won’t aid certain sleep ailments, and might not help everybody- but after discovering a couple of new things wanted to share them : )