Do you wake up in the morning feeling like you could sleep for another 10 hours? Or are you like “Don’t even talk to me before my morning coffee”?
A bad night's sleep can be really affect your performance and concentration the next day. With this bedtime ritual can take years off your appearance and stop feeling like a zombie!
Take a hot bath
Baths are kind of like a miracle healer. Especially when you add a bath bomb or epsom salts (or with a glass of wine)
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The Grace & Stella Bath Bombs come in 12 different scents, each one designed to help you relax.
Treating yourself to a bathtub caddy. These amazing contraptions will hold your wine, water, candle, book or tablet if you want to relax with some netflix or music.Dim the lights so that you can really relax.
The bright lights that we’re surrounded by with our laptops, smartphones and TV can really affect how well we sleep. The longer we can turn off our devices (I know, it’s hard) before bedtime, the better uninterrupted sleep we’ll have.
But I get it, sometimes you just need to watch Grey’s Anatomy in the bath and cry with a glass of wine. And that’s ok.
Get your relaxation on with The Hot + Cold Gel Bead Sleep Mask
The Hot + Cool Gel Bead Sleep Mask is great if you need that extra help to get your best sleep! You can warm it up in the microwave to help you relax and increase blood flow as well as helping with any congested sinuses!
We love putting in the freezer and applying it cold. The cold helps with reducing any puffiness so this can be used at night or in the morning!
Adding this to your bedtime ritual can help you seriously relax.
The Hot + Cold Gel Bead Mask is perfect for alleviating any pressure you feel around your eyes from a long day!
While you’re waiting for your Hot + Cold Gel Bead Mask to work it’s magic, meditating can help you really relax. If you haven’t tried meditating, the first few times can be difficult.
Here are some tips on meditation for beginners:
- Concentrate on your breathing or allow thoughts to drift in and out and to be aware of these thoughts but not dwell on them.
- Focus on three things you were grateful from that day or to think of a negative event in the past that has affected you and drive positive energy towards it.
- Put on some music or a meditation podcast that can guide you through the process.
- Make sure you are in a quiet area so you don't get disturbed!
This is your time to take a moment to decompress from the day so it will look different to each and every one of us.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils can play an essential (Ha get it?!) part in helping to relax before bed time.
The best one for helping you relax is lavender. A few sniffs of this essential oil will leave you feeling ready for bed! There are a few different uses of essential oils. You can put it in a diffuser or sprinkle a few drops on your pillow. Always remember to dilute essential oils if you are going to use it on your hair or skin. You can do so by using a carrier oil or mixing it in with your moisturiser or shampoo. Carrier oils are vegetable oils and includes oils such as coconut, avocado, almond. Check your particular essential oil for diluting instructions!
There are a lot of essential oils and blends out there. Check out our Essential Oils collection.
Get more sleep
How many hours of sleep do you survive on a night? According to the Sleep Foundation, those between the ages of 18-65 need between 7-9 hours of sleep a night.
Do you get that amount?
We are working longer, commuting to work and living busy lives. It’s easy to push off your sleep and say you’ll catch up at the weekend. But if you’re sleeping 10 hours at the weekend but only sleeping 6 during the week, that’s not catching up! You need to be consistently getting enough sleep. Some are also saying that sleep is more important that exercise, especially when trying to lose any weight!
Turn on your phone to airplane mode for a much better sleep. This is definitely the most important step in the nightly routine. You do not want to be woken up at 3am from an incoming email, text, instagram notification right when you’re in a deep sleep. Don’t worry, your alarm still goes off on airplane mode (we checked) and trust us, you will sleep SO much better.
Have a listen to this podcast by Joe Rogan on the importance of sleep. It’s 2 hours long but well worth it!
Do you have a bedtime ritual that helps you sleep better? If so, we want to hear them! Leave a comment! >