We all know that sleep is extremely important to heal our bodies and balance our minds and I don’t know about you, but when I don’t sleep I turn into a crazy forgetful person. It’s also incredibly important to help slow down the ageing process- we should all be getting 7-8 hours per night. Benson Beds did a study on a group of women and compared the difference in their skin after having 8 hours a night for 5 days, and then 6 hours a night for 5 days. After having 6 hours a night for the week their skin had more blemishes, bacteria, was more uneven, and fine lines were beginning to form. Some of the women said they didn’t have that glow that they usually have either. Now, I’ve got two children and I know how impossible it can be to actually get a consistent 8 hours of sleep per night- I think that’s most parent’s dream. I do try to relax myself as much as possible in the evenings though so I go to bed without a busy mind.
Here is my list to help with a better night’s sleep-
Have a nice hot bath with epsom salts. This is my favourite thing to do, it’s a brilliant way to relax and also ups your magnesium levels too.
Turn off your phone an hour before going to bed, now I’m going to be honest and say I don’t always do this but when I do it definitely makes a difference. The blue light from our phones can disrupt our sleep cycle because it surpasses the melatonin production which is the hormone that controls our circadian rhythm. This can cause us to find it hard to get to sleep and then stay asleep which we all know can have a big impact on our health.
If you live in an area where the street lights are shining through your window then I would definitely recommend investing in some blackout blinds or thick curtains. You’ll have such a better night’s sleep and your body will feel rejuvenated the next day.
I love essential oils and have quite a few potions that I have mixed up myself. A couple of my night time oils have a lovely blend of ylang ylang, lavender, jasmine, frankincense and clary sage which are great for relaxing and balancing the mind.
Yoga and meditation are a great way to switch off before bedtime. Stretching out your muscles in the evening is a big kick goodbye to any stresses you’ve had during the day. Enjoy some time to yourself by listening to a guided meditation or just closing your eyes and concentrate on your breathing and you’ll soon be ready for bed.
What are your bed time rituals?