As we all know, sleep is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing. It’s when our bodies - especially our skin - renew and restore themselves. If you’re not getting eight hours a night, then it’s time for a change. Here’s how to become a real sleeping beauty.
SET A BEDTIME - AND STICK TO IT!
Studies show that those who establish and maintain a consistent bedtime and wake-time sleep better. Lie-ins and late nights play havoc with our body’s 24-hour cycle, so try – even on the weekends – to stick to a pattern.
REIGN IN YOUR CAFFEINE INTAKE
A single cup of coffee takes your body four hours to break down and excrete. So, if you’re already drinking several cups of coffee in the afternoon, your body will still be eliminating that caffeine late into the evening. After lunch, opt for herbal teas and caffeine-free drinks instead.
ADJUST YOUR WORKOUT
Cardio and high-impact exercise gives you energy. It pumps endorphins and adrenaline throughout your body, making it an ideal activity for the day, but at night, it’s a no-no.
"Try to leave at least three hours between a workout and bedtime, or do yoga before tucking yourself in. "
TRY THE TEMPERATURE TRICK
Taking a hot bath raises your body temperature, which then rapidly cools down when you step out. The drop in your core temperature signals to your brain that it’s time to rest, making you feel tired – the perfect opportunity to start catching those zzz’s.
Your bedroom should be cool, quiet, dark, and most importantly – tech-free. Smartphones, laptops and televisions create havoc with your natural sleeping habits so tonight, try leaving them in another room.
UNWIND WITH LAVENDER
Lavender has long been used as a natural sleep aid. Spritz your pillow with some lavender essential oil – the smell with soothe and signal to your body that it’s time to switch off.
"Slumber is nature’s most potent beauty treatment – skin care products can help immensely"
FORMULATE A BEAUTY RITUAL
Although slumber is nature’s most potent beauty treatment – skin care products can help immensely. At night, your skin restores and rebalances so this is when it’s most receptive to nourishment. Why not start your night off right by applying a serum and night cream? Not only will your skin benefit, but a consistent nighttime routine will also prepare your mind for some much-needed rest.