I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – they don’t call it “beauty sleep” for nothing! Sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our body. When we are asleep, our body has time to rest and recover. Without it, we are irritable, stressed and our immune system is vulnerable.
But a good nights sleep is not only essential for your health, it’s also essential to keep your skin looking its best! Here are five tips to make sure you are getting the most out of every beauty sleep!
1. Practice a bedtime ritual
Your bedtime ritual could include a warm bath with some lavender essential oil, a simple stretching or yoga routine and some meditation. A bedtime ritual should make you relaxed and ease your tension away. My night time ritual includes: light stretching, body brushing, warm shower, coconut oil massage, deep breathing, journal entry and a book before bed.
2. Stay on schedule
Consistency is key when it comes to beauty sleep. When you stay on schedule with your sleeping pattern, you wake up feeling more rejuvenated and refreshed! Aim to be in bed with lights off at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. Snoozing your alarm is a big no-no! When you snooze your alarm, you risk going back to sleep over and over meaning you have a broken sleep.
3. Sleep on your back
Changing your sleeping position is easier said than done however the benefits of sleeping on your back in the name of beauty are definitely worth it! The average sleep is 6-8 hours which is a long time for pressure on the face, neck and chest area. It can lead to cleavage wrinkles, poor circulation, fine lines and little red bumps caused by fabric softeners. If you are finding it hard to sleep on your back consistently, alternate positions to relieve pressure on your skin.
4. Indulge in a soft pillowcase
Silk is a small luxury with BIG benefits. By swapping your pillowcases for a softer material like silk, you can prevent the effects of ageing and keep your hair healthy! Silk doesn’t just stop at anti-ageing benefits. Say goodbye to your birds nest hair do every morning too! Silk is easier on hair and helps avoid tangles and breakage. What more could you want? If silk is not an option, opt for a pillowcase with a high thread count instead.
5. Create an environment
Your bedroom should be your favourite room in the house, so get creative with your space and create a dreamtime environment. Add cushions, curtains, candles (remember to blow them out before bed!), oil burners, books and dim lighting. Using Lavender oil in an oil burner will help you to relax and prepare for sleep. Your bedroom should be a technology-free zone so remember to remove any TV’s, laptops or computers, iPads or phones from the room before sleep time. Books are certainly allowed so feel free to reconnect with some good old fashioned reading before the lights are off!