Thanks to ever-growing workloads and getting lost in your smart phone at what should be bedtime, it’s hardly surprising that according to the American Psychological Association, millennials are the most sleep deprived. It makes perfect sense then, that active rest is the new big trend in wellbeing, according to Cult Beauty founder, Alexia Inge. “We’ve had good nutrition and good workout advice, but it’s all for nothing if we don’t sleep well,” she explains. So, New Year’s resolution – more sleep! Read on to find out how you can turn your next snooze into an all-night indulgence!
Use the hours leading up to bedtime to relax by switching off smartphones, tablets and TVs. Lisa Artis, spokesperson for The Sleep Council says, “Relax by having a warm bath, listening to some quiet music, reading a book, meditating, doing some yoga – all things that help to relax both the mind and body.” Pour some Legology Exfo-Lite £42 into your bath to help drain and soothe heavy legs.
No, not brandy (sorry). But a warm cup of chamomile tea works wonders on light sleepers. Clipper Teas has a selection of concoctions to help calm the mind at bedtime and promote better sleep. Try Snore & Peace (£1.99 for 20 bags at Tesco) which is naturally caffeine free and contains other sleep-inducing ingredients like lemongrass and lemon balm.
CREATE THE PERFECT SLEEPING ENVIRONMENT
“It should be quiet, dark, clutter-free and with a comfortable, supportive bed to sleep on,” advises Lisa. Adjust the temperature too; even though your body temperature lowers slightly while you sleep, you’ll find it harder to get to sleep if your bedroom is too warm. Everyone’s body temperature is different, but apply a cool setting as a starting point and work from there.
You can’t go wrong with a DIY body and mind de-stress before bed, explains Alexia; “I apply UMA Pure Calm Wellness Oil (£60 cultbeauty.co.uk) between my toes, on my temples, backs of my ears and wrists and then I rub some between my palms and inhale.”
INHALE GOOD SCENTS
Ingredients like lavender, jasmine, orange blossom and neroli tap into the senses and aid a good night’s sleep. Pillow drops and mists are fast becoming a popular bedside treat; “Just before I lay my head down, I shake Therapie Sleep Drops (£48 cultbeauty.co.uk) onto my pillow,” Alexia says. “My husband is so addicted, he now sits on the side of the bed expectantly, waiting for me to hand him the bottle.” We also love the chamomile aroma of Feather & Down Calming Sweet Dreams Candle £28 just before heading upstairs.
HAVE A BEDSIDE BACK-UP
De Mamiel has launched the Sleep Series – a selection of specially formulated products that you apply to your pulse points during certain scenarios in the sleep cycle.
For example, if you find yourself tossing and turning in the middle of the night, ‘Anchor’ helps to calm the mind and send you back to sleep (£40 demamiel.com).