Waking up refreshed is key.
Sleeping well is not so much about the hours of sleep but the benefits to come from solid sleep.
And we all know that sleeping sound is one of the best-kept beauty secrets.
* A warm and luxurious bath is the most wonderful way to relax but it is important to cool the body down before sleeping.
We sleep better if our body temperature is lower so relax in the tub, luxuriate forever but cool down afterwards with a tepid shower.
* Removing makeup is a must but also a great big bore at times.
Many times I arrive home late only to think of nothing but crawling between the sheets and letting the face stay put. All wrong.
The most important part of skin care maintenance before bed is the cleansing; letting the day’s build up settle overnight is probably one of the worst practices.
* In the evening, take the time to mix up skincare routines.
Apply a mask that can remain on throughout the evening or add an extra vitamin serum or hydrating cream.
Coat the cuticles, cover the body and pamper the feet; so much can soften while sleeping.
Allow a few minutes for the products to soak into the skin before laying down and settling; better on the skin than on the bedding.
* Leave caffeine alone after lunchtime; that does include chocolate.
* Unplug. Fall asleep the old-fashioned way with a page-turner of a book and leave Instagram alone for the evening.
* Wear an eye mask and use earplugs. These will become your rituals and trigger the brain that it is sleep time.
* Make sure sleepwear is not only pretty but also comfortable.
* Practise relaxed breathing to lower your heart rate.
Hold your breath until the count of 7 and exhale slowly, repeat over and over.
Anxiety means shallow breathing and that speeds up our heart rate.
Anxiety is our adversary when it comes to sleeping well.
*Lower the room temperature; cool sleeping is the best sleeping.
Somewhere between 60 and 70 degrees is the zone we want to be in.
Add a blanket if needed but keep the room temperature down.
*Mattress and pillows, a personal choice, they make all the difference to sleeping well. I’ve lately been sleeping on one of those that mould to the neck and head – gamechanger for me.
*Soft lighting and a dedicated reading light. Harsh overhead light is over stimulating.
*If you like organised and tidy, make sure the bedroom is too. Feeling shambolic does nothing to aid sleeping well.
* A spritz of lavender on the inside of the pillowcase smells delicious and nudges sleep.
*Silk satin pillowcases are meant to be the ideal for sleeping on.
Why? Apparently, they produce less friction when we toss and turn which means fewer wrinkles.
Sleeping well for me is all about routine and ritual. What about you? xv
Sleeping Beauty: Achieving A Good Night Sleep
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