My Sleep Is Stressed
There’s a reason it’s called beauty sleep: here are five ways to maximise your 40 winks.
bolster your bed linen
Don’t go to bed without a pre-sleep spritz of This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray, £25 (01). the subtle scent induces a sense of calm so you can head to the land of nod. If you do happen to wake, the micro-encapsulated aromatherapy molecules are motion-activated, so tossing and turning in bed will spark fresh waves of soothing scent into the room, helping you to drift back off. when tested on 200 weary souls, 89 per cent of users said they woke less in the night and 97 per cent felt chirpier in the morning.
apply a body cream
taking the time to massage in a rich body cream melts away tension like nothing else. we love Temple Spa Duvet Body Cream, £33 (02). Its gorgeous, skin-hugging texture treats your skin while soothing an addled mind. brimming with frankincense and lavender, it will prolong your body’s powering-down mode, helping you to fall into a deep slumber.
light a candle
a beautiful candle is the perfect choice for calming bedtime air. Jo Malone London Lavender & Lovage Home Candle, £39 (03), is instantly sedative and hypnotic. Light pre-bedtime so that the scent has time to fill your room with its soothing aroma (just make sure you put it out before you go to sleep).
turn Down the thermostat
we get that it’s freezing outside, but whacking up the central heating only contributes to a restless night’s sleep. ‘It can also affect the quality of your rem sleep,’ says Dr anna persaud, Ceo at this works. the solution? ‘Make sure your room is around 16-18 degrees, as this helps facilitate a decrease in core body temperature and in turn spurs sleepiness.’ yep, mind-blowing, we know! but having a hot yet relaxing bath or shower straight before bedtime raises your internal temperature and you’ll actually find it harder to drift off. so make sure you have a bath a few hours ahead to give your body a chance to cool down and add Lola’s Apothecary Sweet Lullaby Bath Oil, £34 (04), to reinforce the relaxation factor. packed with lavender, ylang ylang, patchouli and vanilla oil, it’s extraordinarily concentrated so a little goes a long way.