Sleep. One of the most important things we can do to maintain our health and our looks. I read a magazine article today that told me every woman should aim to get six hours sleep a night. Six hours!! Even when I worked in a competitive, targetd driven job in London that kept me at my desk for ten hours a day I still got more than that. The fact is, women learn to listen to their bodies and we all begin to realise what our optimum sleep hours are. Mine? I could easily live on ten hours a night and refuse to listen to either my boyfriend (who thinks we should leap out of bed in the morning) or my sister (‘ha ha wait until you have kids!’) who both claim I’m an oddball for wanting to snooze the hours away. One of my biggest hates is not being able to fall asleep or waking up too early but there are things you can do to help you get a good nights zzzzzz’s.
Don’t eat too late! Some claim you shouldn’t eat past 6pm but how realistic is that. The best meals to chow down on in the evening are carb heavy – yes, I said carbs. They release their energy slowly, over a long period of time, which is perfect for sleeping. And besides, who doesn’t want to fall asleep after a visit to Pasta Browns?
Smell you later! Add some lavender or eucalyptus oil to your pillow (or create a scented spray like me, see blog archive). Lavender is soothing and will relax you, whilst the eucalyptus promotes breathing which is perfect if you have caught a cold already. Apparently, if you have a cold you wake up a number of times in the middle of the night – although you don’t realise it – so unblocking airwaves is a good thing.
Tea for two? Any caffeine-free tes is good but try sipping a chamomile or a peppermint tea before bedtime. Chamomile is well known for it’s soothing effect and will promote sleep. Just be careful not to drink too much as it’s a diuretic too.
Set a structure. Following a regular sleeping pattern will help wonders as your body will get used to it. Sleeping in at the weekend is actually disrupting your body clock. However, this is easier said than done after coming home from one cocktail too many at 2 am on a Saturday morning.
Keep it cool. Open a window to let some fresh air circulate around your room (1st floor to penthouse only please!) and sleep in pj’s made of natural fibres. Let yourself breath!
On your back! OK I’m not sure of the actual sleep benefit here but this is a tip my mother gave me years ago. Sleeping on your back means a non-squashed face which equals a wrinkle-free complexion in years to come. She also swears by wearing a bra in bed to keep her assets separated, therefore ensuring a crepe-free decollete. I must admit, it seems to have worked on her but unfortunately, I’m too much of a wriggle monster to train myself to sleep in one position. Although one person I know swears by satin or silk pillow cases so her face doesn’t crumple up and her blowdry lasts longer.
And lastly, lay off the booze. Alcohol will only promote a restless night which will leave you pale, tired and worn out the next day. And when that happens, out comes the sugar to keep me going through the day – a nasty roundabout. If you have to drink and can’t avoid it (me most of the time) then drink lots and lots of water before bed and try pricking a vitamin E capsule and adding it to your night cream. This will, at least, ensure plump, hydrated skin the next morning.
Sweet dreams stylebiters! xoxoxox