Face & Body Care
SBC’s Wind Down Ritual for a Good Night’s Sleep
If you’re struggling to sleep at the moment, you are certainly not alone. Routine is crucial for sleep, and a sudden change in our daily routine, for example, what we are currently experiencing, impacts our sleeping patterns.
Sleep is vital for our well-being. A good night’s rest helps us feel our best, improves alertness and reduces stress. Our mental health relies on us switching off every night, as this is when our bodies repair, regenerate and recuperate.
How can we get a better night’s sleep?
First things first, set a bedtime. Going to bed at the same time every night trains your body and mind into a routine, which will help regulate your body’s natural circadian rhythm.
Before your head hits the pillow make sure you are free of any distractions and create the ideal relaxing environment. A soothing and unwinding night-time routine and a little help from SBC’s Lavender Collection should help you drift off.
7 Step Wind-Down Ritual…
1. Have a Hot Bath:
A bath is more effective than a shower at relaxing your body, so pour in the Lavender & Water Lily Bath & Shower Crème and relax for as long as you need whilst breathing in the aroma of lavender to help calm your mind. Lavender is known for its ability to provide a balancing and harmonising effect to relax the mind whilst easing away anxieties and tensions.
2. Listen to Music:
Music can help soothe everyday anxiety. Plus, research shows that music can be beneficial for those amid stressful events. While classical music has a natural soothing effect, any music that you enjoy floods your brain with feel-good neurochemicals whilst decreasing levels of stress hormones.
3. Use Lavender Gel:
SBC’s Lavender Moisturising Skincare Gel is a soothing, and wonderfully therapeutic, face and body moisturiser. Simply massage into the skin before bedtime, to help aid relaxation and promote restful sleep, If you are feeling stressed or anxious, massaging it into pulse points, such as your temples, can help relieve these symptoms.
4. Enjoy a Cup of Herbal Tea
Many people experience a calming effect after drinking a warm, cup of herbal tea before bedtime. For centuries, herbal teas have been used around the world, as natural sleep remedies. It is important to choose a tea that is free from sleep-disrupting caffeine and avoid adding sugar. There are plenty of ‘sleepy teas’ out there, some of the most effective relaxing teas include Chamomile, Peppermint, Lemon Balm, Green Tea (decaffeinated) and of course, Lavender.
5. Digital Detox
Watching episodes of your favourite series or scrolling through social media before bed might be a habit, but staring at any screen sends the wrong messages to your brain. Plus, all that access to news stories is associated with stress, loss of sleep and anxiety. The blue light these screens emit prevents the brain from releasing the sleepy hormone melatonin. We recommend stepping away from screens at least an hour before lights out.
6. Read a Book
You have put your phone away, the TV is off, and you have your sleepy tea, now it’s time to read a book – well, for as long as you can stay awake. If your thoughts are filled with worries, release them from your mind by getting stuck into a good book. Reading calms your brain and reduces stress hormones which improve your sleep quality.
7. Lavender & Vetiver Calming Mist
The final part of your bedtime routine is the calming and relaxing Lavender & Vetiver Calming Mist. It blends deeply relaxing essential oils of Lavender, Vetiver, Patchouli and Chamomile. Spritz it around your bedroom, or directly onto your pillow. Then get comfortable and breathe deeply – lavender essential oil is the perfect natural remedy to soothe your mind and ease you into a sound sleep.
Unwind, destress and enjoy moments of calm whenever you need them with this essential relaxing mist.
This combination should help you drift off into a peaceful and deep sleep, night after night. Try to stick to a routine each night, you will notice your quantity and quality of sleep will improve.