Do you struggle to get to sleep of a night? Find yourself lying awake for hours before falling asleep, or waking up in the middle of the night, mind racing? A nightly routine is key to unwind from the day and set you up for a sound night’s sleep.
Doing the same few steps every night before bed trains your body to know it’s time to sleep, and it’s are a really great way to calm the mind so you can get to sleep quickly.
So follow along these tried and tested method and you will be bouncing out of bed, fully rested and glowing in no time.
First things first - jump out of your work attire and hit the shower. It may feel like a lot of effort, but it is so worth it afterwards.
Use SEEH Skincare’s CLEANSE Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm to remove all your makeup and build-up from your day, taking special care to remove all traces of mascara. It’s also a great idea to protect your hair from the moisture of the shower by using a hair cap, and the ones from Dilly’s Collections are an innovative upgrade from collecting hotel freebies. A cap designed with three layers, satin then PVC then microfiber. These layers protect the hair from steam that often causes frizz.
Removing your makeup and applying your nightly skincare routine is one the most important step of them all. While we may be a little biased, it certainly goes a long way to ensure you wake up hydrated and looking like you slept a solid 8 hours (even if you didn’t).
Finish off your nightly skincare regimen by applying your serums, eye creams, facial oils and moisturisers. These skincare steps will add hydration and lock in moisture to the deeper layers on the skin's surface. This step also gives you time to massage the overworked facial muscles around the jaw and cheeks, releasing the tension of the day. Using a jade roller for this is perfect!
Night time is also the best to use Vitamin A and C as they are light sensitive and are not as effective when exposed to UV rays. Vitamin A lightens brown spots and stimulates collagen production while Vitamin C brightens the skin, both helping the skin look more youthful and plump.
Finally, brush your teeth and tie your hair up with a silk scrunchie and you’re ready for the next step.
Not we are talking - pajamas and lounge wear! Now rather than choosing mass produced items, try something a bit special and sustainable. When it comes to sustainable sleepwear we always opt for Australian slow fashion made with ethical manufacturing and environmentally friendly fabrics. For the perfect balance of minimalist style and luxurious comfort check out Jagger Sleepwear. You won’t regret it!
Turn off your TV, tablets, laptops and mobiles after dinner and enjoy some quality time away from the bright lights. Talk to your partner, shower your pets with affection and enjoy a cup of herbal, caffeine-free tea.
This is also the perfect time to get into bed with a good book or take a few minutes to journal and practice your positive affirmations. The difference you will feel will astound you! You will feel more connected to those around you and will get a deeper sleep just by making this simple change!
A new and popular alternative to candles, without the naked flame, is an essential oil diffuser. Just add water and a few drops of your favourite essential oil and the whole room will soon be transformed. Choosing a lavender scent will encourage you to unwind and relax, and lessens stress and anxiety in your mind and body. Along with the calming scent you get the added benefits of some humidification which is great for those suffering asthma. Check out the beautiful diffusers and essential oil blends from Scented Drops for some aromatherapy inspiration.
For a little something extra, spray a perfume mist and walk through it to wrap yourself in a little bit of happiness before bed. Our favourite natural perfumes are from ime natural perfume.
Did you know that pillows have expiry dates? If you can’t remember the last time you changed your pillow over, chances are you need to add that to your ‘To-Do list’ for this weekend!
Sleeping on your back and side is best for your spinal alignment, so if you are a belly sleeper it’s probably a habit you should try and change for your well being long term. Not only is it bad for your posture and lower back, but sleeping on your stomach can also cause sleep lines on your forehead, and around your nose, chin and lip. For the vain ones of us, that’s reason to change alone.
Luckily the habit can be easily corrected. When you are out getting a new pillow, check out a memory foam pillow. These have been tried and tested to correct bad sleeping postures. They take a bit of getting used to, but once you are accustomed there is no going back. Yes, you will become that person that takes their pillow on holidays!
And last but not least, grab yourself a silk pillowcase from BlissSilk. Silk pillowcases are an absolute must! Not only does it ensure your skincare is absorbed into your skin (and not into your pillow – ewww!!) but it also prevents sleep lines and wrinkles appearing on your face. It is also great for your hair, keeping it shiny and smooth while you sleep.
And there you have it.
Six easy tips to help you get the most out of your sleep. Give it a go tonight!