Monday, 1 February 2016
SLEEP & RELAXATION TIPS
As I talk about all the time, I am forever on a journey to feel more relaxed and get a better night's sleep. I've been trying some new things recently which have helped, as well as relying on some old favourites- so I thought it was time for a sleep and relaxation tips post to share some of them with you.
Meditate or zone out for 30 minutes
Every afternoon now, instead of going for a sleep in bed, I've been trying to take half an hour out of my day to lie on the floor on my Pranamat ECO Massage Mat (110 Euro from Pranamat). This is an acupressure mat that is covered with very sharp spikes- basically like a 'bed of nails'. It takes some getting used to, so for the first few days I used it with a t-shirt on before letting it loose on my bare back. I take a pillow from my bed to put under my head and have some water next to me (this cute pink plastic cup with twisty blue straw is £7 from the Get Fit range at Paperchase), and I lie there still for around half an hour. It's an all-natural, eco-friendly mat that has a lotus arrangment. It is supposed to ease pain, activate all areas of the body and stimulate the mind. I find this relaxing as it forces me to be tech-free and do absolutely nothing for 30 minutes. The accupressure points that it hits also revives me to carry on my working day for the rest of the afternoon.
Have a bath before bed
I try to have a really hot bath with a Lush Twilight Bath Bomb (£3.50 from Lush Cosmetics) every night before bed. It relaxes all my muscles, and makes me feel sleepy from the malt lavender scent it fills the bathroom with.
Make your bed comfortable
One of the first things I do as it starts to get dark at night is to prepare my bed and my room for sleep. I put a hot water bottle in my bed, make sure that I have my favourite pillow- the White Duck Feather & Down pillow (£16 from The Duvet Store) in my girly Taylor Sleep pillowcase (£12 from Chatty Feet), put on my fairy lights and spray the amazing Neom Perfect Night's Sleep Pillow Mist (£20 from Neom Organics) all over the bed.
When it's time to get into bed, I dab the Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Balm (£19 from Space NK) under my nose, on my temples and on my wrists, and play an Audible audiobook for 15-30 minutes until I drift off to sleep.
Do you have any good sleep or relaxations tips?
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