Monday, January 20, 2014

3 Steps To A Good Night's Sleep

The torture of insomnia. We've all been there and now, experts have even told us that sleep deprivation can decrease our life span. So, with that in mind, here are three, easy steps that you can easily factor into your evening before you hit the hay, in order to ensure you achieve the 7.5 to 8.5 hours sleep that is recommended.

Experts have also said now that it isn't the length of time that you sleep for, but the quality of your night's sleep which will leave you waking up refreshed. For this reason, it is really important to prepare yourself for a good nights sleep by banishing any anxieties and creating the calming atmosphere...


1. Meditate
Calm.com is an absolutely fantastic website which I've been using for a while now. It allows you to sit calmly and meditate for different lengths of time and quite simply, enjoy a collective moment to yourself. I choose a 'guided' calm for 5 minutes before bed, which really helps clear your mind and mentally prepare you for a good nights sleep.


2. Switch Off
When we watch TV in bed, we invariably wake up during the night. Unfortunately, this then begins a cycle which reinforces a poor sleep. Therefore, to avoid this conditioning it is really important to go to sleep iPhone-free, tv-free and laptop-free. Researchers have now discovered that we have a 'sleep gate' and that if you don't fall asleep within the first 30-40 minutes of being in bed, the chances are you won't for another hour. You may have missed the 'sleep gate': the window of time in which your body will allow you to drop off. During the night, the brain goes through these sleep cycles, which last anywhere between 90 minutes to 2 hours and at the beginning of each cycle, the 'sleep gate' opens. Therefore, if you do need some kind of distraction before bed, then focus on a good book or another calming activity, such as yoga.

3. This Works Sleep Balm
Finally, This Works Sleep Balm is the ideal finale for the perfect sleep remedy. This is something that I bought in the Space NK Sale at half price and it has really helped me fall into a deep sleep. The balm is a super relaxing blend of lavender, coconut and Monoi oils which is applied to your pressure points, helping you unwind before bed. It's really fantastic and a simple, inexpensive solution to a sleepless night. At just £6, I would really recommend giving it a go and as an added bonus, it also comes in this cute hanging decoration!


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12 comments

  1. I've been having real issues sleeping recently, and have suffered from insomnia for years. Will be trying that website out!

    Rachel
    TwentySomethingBeauty.com
    xx

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    1. Let me know what you think Rachel - I find it soo relaxing! x

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  2. I use a Sleep Time by Badger Balms, It's amazing and only £4! It sends me to sleep straight away :)

    Jamie-Lee | Glitter Infatuation | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog!

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  3. I've always wanted to try the This Works Deep Sleep balm! I might have to go back into the sales if it's still there! :)

    www.ceejayell.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's still there Carly! Just click on the small picture at the bottom of the post and it will take you straight to Space NK :) x

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  4. Thanks, great post I was suffering from a bit of insomnia last week.
    www.vworldrocks.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! Sorry to hear it, hope you get it sorted - try www.calm.com! x

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