Good sleep is vital to the body, and after a good night’s sleep, we feel refreshed and ready to take on the day. However, many of us constantly struggle to maintain a sleep cycle that works for us, whether that be due to work and other commitments. Here are 5 ways you can use to help you achieve sleep perfection.
It’s one we all know, putting your electronic devices away 1 hour before bed. Studies have shown that the blue or white light radiating from your devices can delay sleep or reduce the quality of sleep we get. It’s so tempting to check that latest ping, but you have to ask yourself if it’s really that important. Can it wait till morning? Some devices now include a night-time mode which turns to yellow light after a certain time. Some devices also include a do not disturb mode – only if your favourite contacts try to contact you will your phone ring.
Sleeping masks have been around for ages, (Audrey Hepburn’s mask is simply iconic) but for good reason too. The human body is designed to sleep when it gets dark and rise when it is light again. Sleeping masks give the sensation that your surroundings are completely dark, allowing your body to produce more melatonin to help you sleep better, deeper and longer.
Having a shower before bed is great way to calm and prepare your body for sleep. Your body temperature actually lowers when you sleep (which is why a lot of people like to sleep with their window open). Showering decreases your body temperature due to the evaporating water takes small amounts of energy (heat). Even if you take warm showers, this still occurs, which is why when you’re cold, you become sleepy!
Certain oils like Lavender and Chamomile help relax your body and induce sleep as their calming scents can put your mind in a quiet and calm state. Mix your favourite essential oils into your moisturiser after a shower, add a few drops to your night time bath or mix into your shower gel for a sensual shower. Perhaps try using
Perhaps the most important thing to successful sleep is to sleep for between 7 -9 hours a night consistently. Make sure that you give yourself enough time to sleep, but also enough to complete your routine without feeling rushed. It’s also important to start your night time routine at the same time every night. This is to get your body into the habit of associating your routine with sleep, and will automatically start winding down.
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