Festival of Sleep

“Go to bed you’ll feel better tomorrow” is the human version of “Did you try turning it off and on again?”

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Today is the USA Festival of Sleep (An unofficial yet fabulous holiday.)

So here are my top 10 tips for getting a good nights kip;

1) Create a routine, It sets an intention which prepares your body for rest. Following a similar routine each evening, allows your brain to recognize this as a pattern and unconsciously begin to prepare the body for some Zzzz’s. Incorporate your beauty routine into your sleep ritual. Cleanse your skin of the day, and then prepare it for tomorrow with some wonderful smelling lotions and potions. The closing of one day and the preparation for the next day will leave you in a place of balance and rest. You’ll start the next day looking and feeling fabulous too *Remember, every time you leave your makeup on overnight a fairy dies.

2) Keep the bedroom dark, the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin is released into your system once it becomes dark, so work with and not against your natural hormone responses to light and dark.

3) Remove all electronic gadgets, such as mobiles, tablets and the television. Using these devices stimulate our emotions, when we want to be slowing them down.

4) Burn candles to create a lovely flickering light, perfect for creating a relaxing atmosphere. Even better if they are beautifully scented, so you catch the scent as you walk into the bedroom. (always blow them out before you get into bed)

5) Keep your bedroom temperature slightly cool, between 16 – 18c (personally the colder the better for me)

6) Wear bed socks, they leave your core body temperature relatively cool in comparison to your extremities. This would naturally happen as you drift off to sleep, so you’re just offering some encouragement. Beauty Bonus – massage your feet and hands with Vaseline or my favourite for everything Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream before popping on your cotton socks and gloves. Admittedly not a great look, but you’ll wake up with super soft hands and trotters.

7) If you’re someone whose head starts to whirl with thoughts the minute your head hits the pillow, consider creating as part of your routine, a 15 minute slot in which you jot down all your concerns and anxieties and then walk away from them (make sure you do this outside of the bedroom)

8) Take a hot bath in the evening, before bedtime. The heating up of the body makes the reptilian brain assume you’re about to die of heat stroke and will begin to cool the body down. This drop in body temperature initiates sleepiness.

9) Drink Chamomile tea before bed and not anything caffeinated. Coffee is not a friend to sleep, and as for alcohol… well, a drunken coma is no substitute for sleep. Once you’ve made your tea, pop the spent T-bags into the fridge. Then the following day you can place the refrigerated T-bags over your eyes and voila you have a lovely cooling eye mask to soothe tired eyes and reduce puffiness.

10) Count sheep, the eye movement from left to right, left to right, left to right, mimics the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage of sleep, triggering the natural dream state.

Follow these and you’ll soon be giving Sleeping Beauty a run for her money!

Love Zoe x

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