Zoe's Top Tip - My wind down process for a great night's sleep
Getting your beauty sleep can be easier said than done. Insomnia, anxiety, stress have all been factors that have caused me to lay awake all night and to wake up exhausted the following day.
A good night's sleep and healthy-looking skin go hand in hand. What most people don't realize is that the hours we spend asleep are actually among our most constructive: certain areas of your brain work their hardest during sleep, and skin is best able to repair and regenerate itself at night. In short, quality sleep is crucial to both skin health and your overall health.
Let me share with you my wind-down process. This has really helped me, so I hope it helps you too.
(1) Magnesium supplements
This has been such a fantastic sleep aid. It has numerous benefits, from helping with depression, preventing migraines, easing restless legs, and promoting a good night's sleep. You can purchase magnesium supplements in tablet form or in drops. I love to add a few drops to my Chamomile tea.
(2) Time to give technology a break.
About 1- 2 hours before bed, it really helps to turn off technology. The light emitted from TVs, mobiles and computers trick our bodies into thinking it's still daytime. Social media is often filled with negativity and images that can play on our minds. We spend most of the day aimlessly scrolling online, and early evening watching tv. It’s so good for your well-being to switch off.
(3) Go old school and pick up a book.
You already know I love to read so I won't go on too much about it in this blog but I can't recommend books enough. For me, reading is the perfect way to wind down. Of course, there are some books that are more calming to read than others but anything you enjoy reading should do the trick. For me, I love The Secret, Abraham Hicks, or anything that will help to keep me focused on the positives and improving my state of mind.
(4) Chamomile tea
The perfect partner for a good book is a nice cup of tea. As mentioned above, I add my magnesium drops to my tea. Now don't get me wrong, as someone raised up north, I LOVE a nice traditional cup of tea, but it does contain caffeine and can be counterproductive towards getting a peaceful night's sleep. For me, the perfect alternative was Chamomile tea. It contains an antioxidant called apigenin which is known for having a calming effect. Just remember to not drink it too close to bedtime. The amount of times I have drunk my tea, fallen asleep and then wake up needing a wee. About 1 1/2 hours before bedtime is perfect.
(5) Run yourself a nice bath
This can be done in combination with the last two tips. We all know a nice relaxing bath can turn even the most stressful of days around. I often add a few drops of lavender and coconut oil to my bath for maximum relaxation. Maybe even treat yourself to a #beetox.
(6) Night cream
Have you tried my Amethyst Quartz Cream? It contains a luxurious mix of carefully selected ingredients that aid with hydrating and softening the skin while inducing calmer and more peaceful sleep. I also include a charged amethyst quartz crystal which is calming and has been known to help with insomnia and nightmares. Check out the reviews and see what my customers love about this beauty.
It took me a long time to get the hang of this. I’m a massive overthinker and find it hard to quiet my mind. If you are a beginner, there are loads of apps and books that can help. I started just by using the 'calm' app which can be downloaded on Anroid or iOS. When you get the hang of it, you find so much calmness and peace.
(8) Sleep mask
I've spoken about this a few times, I really find that I sleep better if I have a satin sleep mask on. Where cotton absorbs the moisture from my creams and leaves your skin dry, satin leaves it to be absorbed by the skin overnight allowing the creams to work their magic. It also helps if you have a well-lit room too.
(8) Listen to soothing sounds
This has been a game-changer for me. I ask google to play forest sounds or sounds of the ocean and I sleep so peacefully. There's something infinitely peaceful and relaxing about listening to the waves and water while sleeping. As a close my eyes I often feel like I’m laying on the beach, sunbathing. It’s heaven.
These things help me wake up feeling refreshed, smiling, and most importantly, on the right side of the bed. Ready to allow the day ahead to be great!
This isn't a one size fits all process though. I'm sure many of you have your own tips that work really well for you and I'd love to hear about them. I really hope it helps. I can’t wait to hear from you.
Lots of Love,