At Slow Ageing Essentials, we really believe plentiful, good quality sleep is the key to true wellbeing. This precious, peaceful time can help protect mental as well as physical health, helping you to live a longer, more active life. It’s the most of important part of your day. Who doesn’t love that feeling after a good sleep? You really do wake up happy!
There are so many ways that sleep plays a vital role in our health, especially when it comes to boosting the immune system. Your immune system relies on restful, bountiful sleep to work efficiently. Poor quality or too little sleep can alter the way it responds, which can lead to you having trouble fighting off bugs or recovering from colds. Sleep also helps improve memory, learning and stamina as well as reducing stress. It also gives time for cells throughout our bodies to repair and regenerate, so our skin cells really benefit from this downtime. It’s the time they renew so any products you apply before sleep are that much more effective as well. Longer, sounder sleep simply means you’re better equipped to deal with life! For a restorative, restful night, try our top tips:
- Aim to go to bed at the same time. Try to keep to your circadian rhythm, your internal 24-hour clock. The circadian rhythm tends to coincide with the natural cycle of daytime and nighttime hours and works best when you have a regular sleeping pattern. Aim to go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning – even at the weekends. You’ll not only feel better for it but will probably find it’s easier to pay attention and get things done as well. The first part of your sleep - the slow-wave sleep - is the time when we sleep deepest, meaning it’s the most restorative part. Try to be in bed by 10.30pm to really make the most of it. There will always be times when a late night or two are inevitable but try to avoid them as much as possible, even when you’re on holiday.
- Adopt a regular bedtime routine. Doing the same things at the same time each night can help settle your mind and prepare it for rest. Enjoying a warm bath can help signal to your body and mind that it’s time to start winding down. For a really dreamlike bathing experience, add a capful of our new Essential Bath Essence. It contains uplifting and soothing essential oils of cypress, rose geranium, rosemary and juniper that together help restore balance and energy. A self-massage can also be very relaxing and help speed up the time it takes to fall asleep; we explain how below. Lavender essence is especially calming and has been used for centuries for relaxation so you could also try sprinkling a few drops of this onto your pillow, where it can work directly on your olfactory senses to soothe your mind. Chamomile tea is renowned for helping to induce relaxation too, so take a cup up to bed with you, along with a large glass of water.
- Luxuriate in self-massage. It’s at night when skin really repairs and regenerates, so products applied before sleep will work that much more effectively. It really is beauty sleep! We find the most enjoyable and effective way to apply Slow Ageing Essentials is with our specially developed 'Skin’ergy self-massage'. Working on the facial meridians, this easy pressure point massage unblocks trapped energy pathways for a renewed sense of wellbeing. It also helps rejuvenate facial muscles and increase skin vitality. You’ll find the essential oils we include in our Essential Face Balm and Facial Essence really help on an olfactory level as well, calming the mind and relaxing the body.
- Essential oils have long been used for their ability to transform emotions and the chamomile flower oil we use in both the Essence and Balm not only soothes skin but is also intensely relaxing. We’ve included sweet and citrusy neroli essential oil in the Balm too, to boost circulation and uplift senses. By incorporating these Slow Ageing Essentials into your self-massage you can really help to ‘tune out’ a busy mind.
- Leave technology out of your bedroom. Your bedroom is a place to retreat, restore and recuperate. We think any kind of technology, from televisions to mobiles and laptops, doesn’t really belong there. As well being a distraction that prevents you from mentally switching off from your day, the type of blue light emitted by devices like mobile phones can affect the production of melatonin. We need this hormone to help encourage sleep so when it’s affected, this can alter our natural body clock, our circadian rhythm. Exactly the opposite of what you need when you want to sleep. Insomnia is becoming a big problem in society; it’s not hard to see why! Try switching mobiles onto airplane mode or leave them out of your bedroom completely instead. You could even turn the Wi-Fi off at night. If you’ve been using your mobile as an alarm, why not get a travel alarm? They can be inexpensive to buy and won’t affect your natural sleep pattern or try the LUMI clock, which wakes you up with natural light, simulating a sunrise. We’ve also heard about the Alara phone case (made by Brink), which is said to reduce exposure to mobile phone radiation by more than 60%. Now that could be a great way to help protect ourselves round the clock.