Beauties, it’s World Sleep Day and it’s also the beginning of the weekend, so we thought we’d share with you some of our favourite sleep products that can help you in your quest to reclaim a good nights sleep! What that we’ve learnt from experts is that sleeping patterns are improved by having a nighttime routine and improving our ‘sleep hygiene’ which includes things like having a relaxing bath or shower and removing tech from the bedroom. This is something that Sleep brand founder Jo Foster of Kiss the Moon talked about in our recent Your Wellbeing is Your Superpower event:
So in this post, we’ve also created a little bedtime routine – with different options for you to choose from. Not everything will be for everyone, but here are some ideas on how you can create your own little bedtime ritual to make sure you get the best sleep you can.
Having a nice bath is one of the best ways to relax and get ready for bed.
A 1997 study by the Cornell University Medical College found that the body’s temperature naturally dips at night. It’s this sudden drop in temperature that helps your body fall asleep faster and achieve a deeper rest – so by having a warm bath and then cooling down, you replicate this and this is what helps you to drift off quicker and relaxes you.
You can make that bath an extra special part of that routine by setting the mood – a lovely candle can create a beautiful ambience as well as give a nice scent – this dream candle from Kiss the Moon, for example, is one we love to use.
Bath salts are also a great addition – loving these ones from Kiss the Moon (the Glow Bedtime bath salts), these new SLEEP salts from Westlab and the Morpheus sleep enhancing salts. These will charge your bath with minerals that can get absorbed through the skin like magnesium to soothe and relax the body, along with blends of essential oils to calm your senses.
We also love this little kit from Elemis – the mindful collection. It’s a beautiful selection of their bath oils – to leave your skin feeling soft and your mind calmed.
Once you’re out of the bath, you can massage yourself with a nice soothing body oil like this one from Inner Senses – Dream Body Oil or a this Magnesium Oil from Better You will help boost your magnesium levels, helping you to sleep better. We also love this ThisWorks Calm To Go Balm to apply to pulse points when we’re really needing relaxation. This one from Graces London – the CBD Roll-on is a recent discovery of ours. This can be applied to any aches and pains to help relieve them, CBD is known for being amazing with this, along with helping with anxiety. This blend also contains lavender to help soothe you to sleep.
Let’s not forget about skincare! Loving this After Dark Face Polish from Kiss the Moon to give my skin a good scrub, ready for the next step in my skincare routine. BY getting rid of dead skin cells, it means my skin is ready to absorb the next skincare step, and is also primed for cell renewal overnight. This total overnight retinol masque treatment from Image Skincare hydrates your skin and the retinol goes deep into the skin to support intensive collagen remodeling – refreshing your skin as you sleep!
Don’t just get yourself ready for bed… make sure your bed is ready for you! A pillow mist could be a great way to help you drift off – so as you’re getting ready for bed, mist your pillow with your favourite mist in preparation. The ones we like are the Feather and Down Pillow Spray, This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and Tisserand Sleep Better Pillow Mist.