Let’s sleep on it
Updated: Oct 3
We all love a good night's sleep, and unless you're a workaholic machine that can exist on 5 minute power naps and a few hours a night, (yep.. guilty as charged!) then you need at least 8 hours to fully rest both body and mind.
Nearly half the adult population currently suffers some kind of stress related condition that is exacerbated by lack of sleep.. if you‘re stressed you can’t sleep.. and if you can’t sleep you become stressed.. it's like a non fun roundabout!
As someone who has suffered from bouts of insomnia for years, the most important thing I have learned is how critical a good bedtime routine is... and if you’ve ever raised a tiny human then you know this too... it was literally my endgame when the teenager was brand new!
A good night time routine will look different to all of us... but the key thing to remember is your aim is to switch off and relax...
Relaxing the body physically can help relieve psychological stress and relaxing the mind can help relieve physical stress and release tension .. another one of those roundabouts.. but the good kind this time!
Luckily, we live in an age where self care has become "de rigeur" and relaxation is a skill we're all trying to perfect! There is plenty out there to try: meditation, yoga, chamomile tea, herbal baths.. even taking time over your skincare can be relaxing. There are no hard and fast rules.. just do what feels good to you.
Aromatherapy can also play a key role at bedtime, especially as scientific studies show that the right combination of aromas trigger our bodies to produce melatonin, a sleep inducing hormone which helps to promote a restful sleep.
Candles, diffusers and lavender sachets are all good options that I have recommended in the past, but my personal favourites are room and pillow sprays. I love how they infuse the room and settle deep into the fabric, creating the perfect sleep environment.
My love of room sprays (and aromatherapy!) is how the Beauty Sleep room and pillow mist came to life.
The oils used have been handpicked for their relaxing, calming and soothing properties, and to be honest, they're just some of my favourite smells.. I hope you like them too!
Lavender, chamomile and vanilla - they just sounded like sleep heaven to me.. and they are!
* please do seek medical advice if you continue to suffer longer than 3-4 weeks or if your sleep issues affect your daytime activities or ability to function