In the busy fast paced life of mobile phones, tablets, laptops, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram..the list goes on…always being switched on you may find it harder to switch off and have a good night’s sleep. Sleep is vital for healthy skin.
Why is sleep so important?
Sleep is fundamental for good health and well-being. This is simply because during sleep your body is regenerating and replenishing itself. Your heart and blood vessels are literally being repaired and your skin cells are renewing themselves. In a nutshell, sleep helps to boost your immune system and allows your body to heal itself.
What exactly is a good night’s sleep?
A good night’s sleep is usually between 6.5 and 8 hours… and is uninterrupted. Just think about how you feel after a bad night’s sleep, you have dark circles around your eyes, you might feel hungrier than normal that day and generally you find it hard to concentrate. If you have found yourself getting into a pattern of not sleeping don’t give up and try some of these…
9 ways to help you get your beauty sleep:
1. Start a routine of going to bed at the same time every night and try to wake up at roughly the same time, (yes, even at weekends).
2. Use your senses: touching and smelling soothing essential oils can help you relax and get you into the mood to sleep. Give yourself or ask your partner for a foot massage with a drop of neat lavender oil. Research has proven that Lavender is soporific and that means it induces sleep.
3. Avoid caffeine 4-6 hours before bedtime; if your sleep is particularly poor I would recommend cutting out caffeine altogether
4. Turn off the TV before bedtime and read a book instead. Research shows that the eye movements watching television has a stimulating effect whereas the eye movements during reading are more conducive to sleep.
5. Limit alcohol and heavy meals just before sleep as this can all of a sudden wake you up later on in the night due to elevated blood sugar levels
6. Get cosy. Wear some really comfortable nightwear. Treat yourself to some new pillows & soft bedlinen; make the experience of sleeping as inviting as possible.
7. Exercise regularly as this is excellent at reducing effects of stress hormones and boosts circulation and blood flow to your skin and body as a whole
8. Listen to a guided meditation. You can choose to listen to one for just 5 minutes before you go to bed and there are absolutely lots to choose from on YouTube – just don’t get side tracked whilst searching 😉
9.Don’t give up. If you have been struggling to sleep for a while now, maybe months or even years try not to accept this is how it has to be and consider asking for help to tackle this, be it from a holistic practitioner, a hypnotherapist, a nutritionist. There are so many different causes of being unable to sleep asides from the obvious ones. Start with trying to answer the question ‘when did I stop sleeping well?’ and explore thoughts around that. Break bad cycles by creating new ones and ask for help when you need it.
I do hope that you have found this helpful and if you have an experience you would like to share or a question to ask, do feel free to comment below.
Louisa Pini is a Holistic and Clinical Aromatherapist whose passion for aromatherapy started when she was at university when she had problems sleeping, concentrating for exams, and was learning to deal with stress. Louisa has created her own range of natural skin care products ‘Just Be Natural’ that use the finest organic essential oils in order to create high quality skin care that works hard to nourish the skin. To read more about Louisa click here.
If you are someone who struggles to have a good night’s sleep Louisa has created a fabulous range of products that will help you create the right atmosphere for sleep as well as nourishing your skin overnight. These are all available in the natural health shop.
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