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Clever Tips to Help You Get More Beauty Sleep
Tue, 15 May 2012 10:33PM
Forget about money and love, Primpettes. It’s sleep that makes the world go round…
In a nutshell, it’s during sleep that our body slips into overdrive to focus on repairing its pretty self, so it’s essential that we do everything in our power to help it along (read: stop trying to burn the multiple candles at both ends). If, you’re anything like the majority of the population and feeling a little over-worked, or stressed, here are a few easy to follow tips and changes that you can make to your everyday routine to help you mind and body switch off and score a proper nights sleep.
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Listen to your body. Although they say the ideal amount of sleep is anywhere between 6 and 8 hours per night, it varies between individuals. Instead of counting down the hours, it’s all about learning to read your body clock. Just because your flat mate can stay wide-eyed-and bushy-tailed ’til midnight on a school night, it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily right for you. Personally, my eyes are usually falling out of my head by 10pm but on the flip-side, I rise at sparrow fart.
Roll up, roll up. Ok, so while there may not be any scientific evidence as such to prove this, I firmly believe that a dark bedroom only leads to sleep ins, so the more natural light there is in a room, the easier it is to rise. That’s your cue to roll up the blind or pull back the curtains.
U is for Unwind: Read a book, or set aside some quality time to meditate and focus on your breathing. Just whatever you do, avoid booting up your laptop and reading emails at least one hour before hitting the hay.
Make your bedroom your haven. Splurge on some decent pillows, invest in a new set of linen, and spend some time making your room, your own personal retreat. That also includes ditching harsh lighting for some soft table lamps.
Learn to like lavender. Lavender has been used for yonks to help promote relaxation and sleep. If oil-burners aren’t your thing, try adding a few drops of essential lavender oil to a tissue and slip it into your pillowcase. Or, you could try drinking a cup of Lavender tea.
Origins skincare also happen to make a genius product, Origins Night Health Bedtime Balm (available from Kit Cosmetics), which is packed with calming essential oils, like lavender and chamomile that’s designed to be applied to the key relaxation points on the body, like the neck and shoulders.
Sweet dreams, Primpettes!
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Posted by: Eliza Ashe