The festive season provides the perfect time for some rest and relaxation, here are our top tips to help you get your full beauty sleep.
Set the scene
We all know the story of the Princess and the Pea, without a comfortable bed you’re never going to get a good night’s sleep. We prefer bedding made from natural fibres, which helps you regulate your temperature better throughout the night. Try the alpaca fibre and sheep’s wool range from Penrose Products, which is naturally hypoallergenic too. Handmade in the UK, the family business’ ‘Fibre Refresh’ scheme means they will even restore your Penrose bedding to its original glory after a few years of use.
Step away from the device
The blue light from your smartphone has been proven to affect melatonin levels, keeping you awake at night. To help your mind wind down at the end of the day, we suggest putting it on to charge in a different room and settling down with a book instead. Try The Sleep Revolution by Ariana Huffington for extra brownie points, packed full of the science behind our essential need for sleep and tips for a more restorative night’s rest.
When it comes to nightwear in winter, only the softest and cosiest fabrics will do. Bodas’ chic and classic designs are made from only the highest quality materials to provide the ultimate at-home comfort – from Supima cotton pyjamas to 8-ply cashmere socks. If you’re after something slinkier, Gilda and Pearl’s designs are inspired by golden-age glamour and made by British craftsmen for an exquisitely luxurious finish. We particularly like the Dream Eyemask, perfect for holiday lie-ins or in-flight naps.
Relax and unwind
The gentle scent of lavender has been used for decades for its calm-inducing properties. A quick roll of the Soothe Sleep Oil by Seascape Island Apothecary will get you relaxed in no time, balancing the mind and releasing the tensions of the day. Including no artificial colours or fragrances, Seascape’s products are free of parabens and silicones and suitable for vegetarians.
Wake up naturally
If you find that you’re relaxing night’s sleep is ruined by an abrupt awakening, the Lumie Bodyclock may be just the thing you need. The light works with your body’s innate circadian rhythms, simulating the natural rising of the sun to trigger your body into waking up, boosting the cortisol levels you need for a high-energy and productive day.