We've Found The Products To Conquer Sleep Awareness Week
Posted by Stephanie Orr in Makeup, Skin Care, Body, Health & Lifestyle
I think we can all agree on the fact that sleep is quite honestly one the biggest factors we underestimate when it comes to our quest for health and happiness.
I’ll hold my hands up and admit that if I haven’t endured my much needed yet rarely achieved 8.5 hours of sleep per night, yes I like to think I require a slightly higher amount of sleep than the average 8 hours, then the following morning isn’t exactly a pretty sight.
Whilst early mornings have never exactly been my speciality, there's something about gaining an extra 30 - 60 minutes of sleep each night which really makes a difference and with that in mind it's time to address the issue of: are we really getting enough sleep? In time for Sleep Awareness Week. (11th - 17th March)
Although the likelihood of getting the desirable recommended amount of sleep isn’t always achievable, the quality of sleep we endure can sometimes still outweigh the quantity of hours and which is where the practice of sleep satisfaction comes in.
Making little changes such as switching off all screen time interaction with mobiles, laptops and tablets at least 1 hour before bedtime can really help the body to kick start the unwinding process. 'Try to avoid spending too much time in your bedroom during the day or early evening prior sleeping,' says independent sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley. 'Your bedroom needs to be a sanctuary, keep your bedroom strictly as your 'sleep room' and try to keep distractions and background noise to a minimum, snoring partners and even the red standby light on your TV are both enough to disrupt your sleeping pattern.'
Experimenting with breathing exercises is another good way to tackle sleeping troubles, I'm a huge fan of the 4 - 7 - 8 technique which has quite honestly changed my routine for the better. Although when it comes to securing the perfect night's sleep, I can't beat the perks of a step by step bedroom and bathroom routine.
A hot bath combined with the benefits of adding in some soothing bath salts can often be the first point of call when it comes to setting the scene for an evening of undisturbed sleep. I like to throw in a sachet of Dermalogica’s Hydro Active Mineral Salts, £3 which are a perfect for infusing the bath and body with a state of utter relaxation.
Lowering the lights and switching your attention away from your TV and phone to focusing on indulging your senses with a irresistible aromatic candle instead at least an hour before bedtime is another way to capitalise on the effects of your sleep awareness routine. ESPA's Soothing Aromatic Candle, £26 is perfect touch to sealing in the steps of relaxation.
This Works are renowned for their sleep remedies and so it comes as no surprise that their Deep Sleep Shower Gel, £15 is one of my favourites. Formulated with a high concentration of essential oils to calm and soothe the skin along with coconut oil to soften and protect the skin, this shower gel has sleep satisfaction written all over it.
You can’t go wrong with incorporating an overnight face mask into your regime before bedtime to help settle your skin and speed up the unwinding process, I'm a huge fan of Clinique's Moisture Surge Overnight Face Mask, £31 which helps to provide hydration to leave skin renewed, refreshed and radiant for the morning.
Whether you're struggling to bank your full 8 hours sleep or are simply trying to perk up your peepers and maximise the effects of your sleep steps, an energising eye cream can help to brighten the eye area and revive tired eyes. Origins Ginzing Eye Cream, £21 contains a complex of caffeine from coffee bean, ginseng, magnolia extract and natural optic brighteners to rapidly wake up, refresh and restore radiance to the undereye area.
As a self confessed concealer connoisseur trust me when I say that I've experimented with a lot of concealers over the years but have always reverted back to my number 1 favourite which goes by the name of the Radiant Creamy Concealer from NARS, £24. Lightweight with a medium coverage consistency, this infallible concealer is perfect for covering up any signs of tiredness and enhancing compliments such as 'have you been away?'