It can be a busy time of year with so many things on the go. This is why your sleep has never been more important. We have some of our favourite tips for you to explore to make sure that you are getting a quality beauty sleep and time to rest.
Make time to wind down
You might be caught working late, have a big meeting coming up or stressed out about something that happened to you earlier in your day. Even when you try to go to sleep, these things might be running through your head and keeping you awake. Repetitive thoughts or ruminating impair your ability to think and process emotions. So what can you do?
One of the best things you can do is give yourself some space. Distract yourself. Watch an episode of something on Netflix. Read a chapter of a new book. Take a bath with some bath salts and listen to a podcast or a soothing playlist. If you can, go take a walk around the block. Clear your head.
You can also make yourself a list. Write down what is troubling you or a pressing task that you can’t shake. Then write down one idea of how to tackle the problem. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a solution, but just an idea for you to start from. Put this list aside and come back to it tomorrow. Having some form of strategy, organization or plan can help you to relax.
Create a restful environment
Your bedroom is where you reset and refresh. Your space can have a huge impact on your ability to relax. Instead of a total interior overhaul, there are so many little things you can do to help.
First, keep your space tidy. A clean space won’t overwhelm your senses and is less stressful to be in. You can also declutter and draw attention to your favourite pieces like a photo of your family or an antique teak side table.
Be sure to light your favourite candle. So much of what we like about our favourite smells is actually tied to our memories. Pick a candle that reminds you of your favourite vacation or maybe a recent stroll through the forest. A relaxing scent can be soothing and put you in the right state of mind to drift off to sleep.
Our favourite tip - sleep in something soft. Indulge your senses and take care of physical needs like your comfort. Make sure to have a nice throw blanket or a new lush pair of pajamas. We love our BedHead Pajamas, which are made with 92% cotton and eco-friendly materials. They are stylish and comfortable.
Plus, a fresh pillowcase can make all the difference. If don’t have time to throw your pillowcase in the wash, use a pillow mist with one of your favourite scents. A scent like lavender can help increase deep sleep and reduce waking up during the night. Bonus, whatever scent you choose, can help create a habit and trigger a routine response in your body. Which leads us to…
Stick to a routine
This can be the hardest one to stick to during the holidays. Our routines might be altered by work deadlines, holiday parties, last-minute baking or late nights catching up on all the shows you've missed. You might sneak in a few more naps than usual or stay up a little later than normal.
However, you should do you best to stick to schedule. While you might get up later some days, it’s important not to stray too far from your regular routine. It is recommended that adults get at least seven hours of sleep a night. Make sure you are getting enough rest throughout the week.
Another tip? If you don’t fall asleep within 20 minutes of going to bed, leave your bedroom, and do something else to relax. Listen to music or read. Avoid your phone. Go back to bed when you feel tired again.
How do you like to unwind? Let us know in the comments below.