Do you ever feel like you aren’t getting enough shut-eye and spend the working day feeling exhausted and unmotivated? Well, you certainly aren’t alone. Did you know that at least 45% of us Australians have poor sleep patterns? Getting enough sleep is vital for cognitive function, a balanced mood, maximum productivity and to live an overall healthy life. For most of us, our brains are ticking a million miles per hour, so switching off to get our recommended 8 hours of beauty sleep is easier said than done.
If you struggle to get enough shut-eye, or you are looking to improve your sleep quality, building a healthy evening routine can help you drift off to cloudland before you can say ‘Sandman.’
Just Add Water
We can all agree that there is nothing more relaxing than taking a warm shower or bath before bedtime. Kill two birds with one stone by washing your body with aromatic products containing soothing ingredients to help relax you.
We love: This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak and Lush Sleepy Body Lotion Shower Gel.
After the suds have been washed down the drain, re-hydrate your skin with – you guessed it – soothing and calming products. Look for nourishing body moisturisers containing ingredients like Lavender, Vetiver and Chamomile to help keep you Zen.
We love: This Works Deep Sleep Night Oil and Lush Sleepy Body Lotion.
Did you know cotton pillowcases suck all of the moisture out of our skin? Yikes. Using a silk pillowcase can assist with preventing premature ageing and help keep your skin smooth and crease-free. Plus, they feel super luxe to sleep on.
We love: Go-To Skincare Face Case and Slip Silk Pillowcases.
Mist & Spritz
If you are feeling extra boujee, or like you just need some more TLC, a pillow spray can be a worthy addition to your evening routine. Pillow sprays contain essential oils that reactivate as you move around on your pillow, so you stay relaxed throughout the night. Go on and mist that silk pillowcase with a lavender spray already. You’ll thank us later!
We love: REN & Now To Sleep Pillow Spray and WelleCo Sleep Welle Calming Mist.
Pop On The Kettle
Drinking caffeine-free herbal tea has been known to reduce anxiety and calm the nervous system for centuries, so why not drink a cuppa before bed? As well as reducing our feelings of stress and tension, herbal teas can also reduce inflammation in the body.
We love: T2 Sleep Tight Tea and Edible Beauty Sleeping Beauty Tea.
Don’t Hesitate, Meditate
Meditation, despite being a difficult practice to muster, has so many mind and body benefits. Meditation can help improve our sleep quality, control anxiety, reduce stress, as well as provide a bunch of other benefits. If you aren’t able to fully get into meditation, simple breathing exercises act as a natural tranquiliser to help you relax before bed too.
Hit The Books
This is one of the most obvious sleep tips: turn off your phone and open a book when you hop into bed. Our mobile device’s blue light acts as a stimulant to keep us awake and, let’s face it, social media is anxiety-inducing. Unless you’re reading a Stephen King novel, picking up a book can help relax our mind and help us unwind.
Mastering your sleep routine takes practice and patience but is so worth nailing. Prepare to have an abundance of energy and productivity once you’ve locked down your routine and started maximising your beauty sleep!
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