How To Fake A Good Nights Sleep
With 1 in every 3 people in the UK suffering with insomnia and the annual cost of lost of sleep costing around £30bn*, it comes as no surprise then that getting a good nights sleep has a financial and detrimental impact on your wellbeing.
However with babies waking up around the clock, night feeds disrupting your circadian rhythm, getting the requisite 7-8 hours sleep can seem like an unachievable fete. But what if we told you there are products designed to help support your daily wellbeing needs throughout the day to not only perk you up in the mornings, but to combat that 2pm fatigue slump? Lavender is all well and dandy to help you drift off, but how can you get going throughout the day without reaching for that fourth coffee? Editor’s Beauty has the lowdown on faking a good nights sleep like a pro, step-by-step.
WAKE UP CALL
Muji Aroma Diffuser
Forget the snooze button, we suggest setting your alarm 5 minutes earlier than required. We know, that sounds crazy, but set the Muji humidifier near your bed and fill it up with lemon and peppermint essential oils. Switch on instead of switching off, lay back and breathe in the refreshing scents to slowly and easily awaken your senses.
Muji Aroma Diffuser £59.95, Muji Essential Oil Set – Refreshing 4 x 5ml £14.95
BetterYou DLux 3000 Daily Vitamin D Spray
Set yourself up for a better day and better night sleep with DLux 3000, formulated to deliver vitamin D directly into the bloodstream bypassing the digestive system. Place by your bed, spritz into your mouth when you wake up and you are good to go. Keep doing this daily and we guarantee you will feel a difference within the coming weeks.
BetterYou DLux 3000 Daily Vitamin D Spray £7.95
Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Facial Oil
Vitamin C is du jour right now with brightening and illuminating properties helping the skin to replenish and renew. The Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Brighten skin Renew Cleansing Oil has a refreshingly zesty scent offering gentle alternative to harsh and stripping facial washes. Supercharged way to wake up and stay woke.
Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Facial Oil £10.99
Now, we have a number of go to products delivering a packed and impactful short and sweet shower instead of a wind down bath. These options provide a comforting and natural boost that are, of course, refreshing. The best advice we can provide is to listen to your body and get a sense of what you actually need in the morning.
Temple Spa, “Quitetude” Calming Mist
While the name is misleading, the Temple Spa Quitetude calming mist can help restore and recentre the mind and body in the mornings, preparing you for the day or week ahead. Spray while in a hot shower, inhale the scent and envelop yourself in some luxury regardless of the time; a 5 minute break in your own bathroom and a moment of stillness within the chaos.
Temple Spa “Quitetude” Calming Mist Travel size £8.00, 30ml
This Works Energy Bank Shower Gel
This Works provides solutions to everyday restless symptoms from insomnia to natural ways to enhance daytime wakefulness. Their Energy Bank Shower Gel is an effective remedy to morning littleness with an uplifting scent of geranium to help rebalance, Ylang Ylang to restore vitality and Rosemary to stimulate the body and mind.
This Works Energy Bank Shower Gel £16.00
Omorovicza Queen of Hungry Mist
Lack of sleep can leave skin dehydrated and prone to breakouts and causing you skin’s pH levels to drop and fast-forward the aging process. The Omorovicza Queen of Hungry Mist is a gentle hydrating mist that helps to infuse your skin with mineral rich water to help your skin heal from within, with a comforting scent to set you up for the day ahead.
Omorovicza, Queen of Hungry Mist £30,00, 30ml
Clark’s Botanicals Retinol Eye Serum
Sure, you could cover those dark circles with a number of wonderful and beautifully creamy concealers, but time is off the essences and that perfect triangular coverage and dab, dab, dabbing away with a beauty sponge is testing at the best of times. Income Clarks Botanicals Retinol Eye Serum, a powerful eye serum combines bioactive and peptide technology, working to firm and smooth the skin. It helps to visibly plump and tone the skin, and contributes to increasing skin’s natural revitalisation.
Clark’s Botanicals Retinol Rescue Eye Serum £80 (15ml)
Jo Malone, Grapefruit
Scent has a powerful way to uplift even during the darkest of times, and the Jo Malone Grapefruit fragrance is the perfect way to perk up before you leave the home. The top notes of grapefruit provides an instant shot of wakefulness that mellows out throughout the day thanks to the addition of moss, enveloping you into a duvet of comfort.
Jo Malone Grapefruit from £47.00 for 30ml
Aromatherapy Associates Clear Mind Rollerball
We’ve all been there; that dreaded 4pm slump that wrecks havoc on your concentration and can leave you feeling disorientated. The Aromatherapy Associates Clear Mind Rollerball is not to help awaken you, per se, but provides that special level of oomph and comfort that is the epitome of ‘taking care of yourself’. Roll the Revive Roller Ball on your pulse points and enjoy a boost of energy at any time during the day.
Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Roller Ball 10ml£18.00
After a difficult, long and exhausting day, it can be difficult to finally get a good night’s sleep, forcing us into a perpetual circle of lack of sleep. Low levels of magnesium caused by inadequate dietary intake (eg, a granola bar for lunch while on the run) can lead restless muscles keeping us awake at night. Magnesium is an important factor in how our body manages its sleep cycle and it ensures the GABA receptors in our brain and nervous system are working effectively; these receptors help the brain switch off in preparation for sleep. While the Better You Magnesium bath soak is a wonderful way to replenish these levels, lack of time for such self-indulgence it counter intuitive. That is why the magnesium spray is a wonderful way to perk up the levels after a hot shower, aiding a good night’s sleep.
Bathe away your daily stress, strain and fatigue with the highly concentrated essential oils in the Herbal Bath Range. The Kniepps Valerian provide a balancing effect on the mind and body, helping ot ease away the daily stresses and run down aches and pains. The oil is a brilliant way to wind down, and potent enough for a sniff to give you that much needed comfort to soothe you into a restful sleep. Self care was never easier.
Kneipp Sweet Dreams Valeriant & Hops Herbal Bath £9.95 100mls
BetterYou MagnesiumOil Original Spray
Have you ever found yourself restlessly wanting a good nights sleep? Or realized you haven’t managed to achieve a good slumber in a week, month or perhaps the past year? Motherhood can bring a bout of circumstantial insomnia, those feeds, the cries, which can kick start low magnesium levels.Our bodies need magnesium to maintain a state of complete rest and low levels can lead to restless muscles keeping us awake at night. Magnesium is an important factor in how our body manages its sleep cycle and it ensures the GABA receptors in our brain and nervous system are working effectively, these receptors help the brain switch off in preparation for sleep.
Income some Magnesium supplements, While not a wonder cure, the BetterYou Magnesium Bath Salts are the next best thing to aid your body into a state of complete rest. Those short on time can achieve the same affect within 10 short bursts of the BetterYou Magnesisum spray.
BetterYou MagnesiumOil Original Spray £12.20 100ml (equivalent to 600 sprays)
Words by SOFIA KAHAN
Please consult your doctor and gynaecologist before trialing any of the above especially if breastfeeding.
Photo credit Gian Ceson