Winter: the time of year when many people would prefer to hibernate and pretend it never happens. It's a time we feel most tired and lacking in energy. Our skin suffers from the cold, dry air and becomes flaky and dull. Our nice summer tans begin to fade and the dark circles under our eyes are more prominent amongst pale skin.
It seems that we get to work while it's still dark outside, yet when we leave in the evening to come home, it's dark again. With all this darkness, can you blame the yawns and exhaustion? Our body is tricked into thinking it's bed-time.
Now I've always been known as a sleeper. I can pretty much fall asleep anywhere and anytime - especially if I'm bored. A movie does not stand a chance unless it is super engaging. I apologize to anyone taking long road trips with me in the future because car rides seem to be the number one trigger - 20 minutes in and I'm snoozing away. If I don't get a good 7-8 hours of sleep at night, there is a fair chance I will not be a very nice person the next morning.
I consider myself very lucky! But I know there are many of you who struggle to get a decent sleep. Maybe you work too much? Studying hard and pulling all-nighters to complete school work? Do you have a new-born baby at home? Party too hard, too frequently? Have you hit that middle-age margin and the temperature is just never right - always too hot? Perhaps your brain is simply working on overdrive and you have too many thoughts swirling inside your head.
Here are some tips that can help better your beauty sleep:
- Drink Sleepy Time Tea: A decaffeinated tea like chammomile can be super soothing and relaxing. It's the perfect remedy for winding down after a long, hectic day.
- Pillow Mist: Bath and Body Works sells an aromatherapy pillow spray in various scents. My favourite is Lavender Vanilla. Lavender is a calming scent that aids with sleep. When I spray my bed with this before crawling under the covers, I find I fall asleep faster.
- Cut Off the Water: You may remember my Hydration's Best post from the inception of this blog. I LOVE water! But it's important to stop consuming any liquids roughly one hour before you go to sleep. This will ensure you're bladder isn't too full, which can leave you either wincing as you try to hold it in, or leaping out of bed and tip-toeing to the bathroom.
- Take a Bath: A warm bath a couple of hours before bed can relax your body and free your mind of any stressful thoughts. Just be sure your body has some time to reach its normal temperature before climbing into bed. I enjoy adding a bath bomb or bubble bar with a calming scent to my baths.
- No Snacking: While eating late at night is known to be a factor of weight gain, it can also result in poor sleeps. Especially if you are eating sugary foods like chocolate, candy and even fruit, which can give you a boost of energy. You may also find yourself waking up with indigestion in the middle of the night because your stomach hasn't had the chance to digest the food you've consumed during the day.
- Shut Down the Electronics: According to this study, shorter wavelength and blue lights omitted by devices like a laptop, iPad or cell phone can disrupt sleep. The reasoning is that it delays the production of melatonin, a hormone that helps control our sleep and wake cycles. Tuck these electronics away and choose a "book-book" to read if you need a distraction before bed.
- Keep it Cool: It's always easier to add layers than it is to take them off. Keep your bedroom nice and cool and bundle up with lots of blankets if you need to. An increase in body temperature can affect the release of melatonin, and more simply, leave us in sweaty discomfort.
Do you have any beauty sleep remedies? Leave your tips in the comments below. I would love to hear them!