When you fall ill, what’s the first thing you feel? Tired and sleepy. Even medication from the doctor is intended to help you fall asleep because sleep is nature’s best cure.
When we sleep, our body is at rest and this is the time the body takes stock of itself and repairs what needs repairing and recharges your batteries so you can wake up the next day feeling refreshed and ready to take on a new day.
I’ve found that when I don’t have enough sleep or don’t have a good night’s sleep, not only does my energy flag during the day, my skin pays a heavy price. With lack of sleep, my skin looks blotchy and dull my eye bags are so bad, they are like Louis Vuitton steamer trunks! Not only that, I tend to suffer breakouts and my pigmentation or dark spots look darker and more pronounced.
Give me a few nights of decent sleep however, and my skin clears up all by itself, looking clearer and brighter and even dark spots seem to fade away. So powerful is the power of a good night’s sleep yet it isn’t always easy to achieve it.
I’ve found some tips that help me get that much needed good night’s rest.
When I really have trouble sleeping, a few drops of lavender essential oil on a piece of tissue paper by my pillow helps me. Alternatively, a few drops in water in a tea light burner or aromatherapy pot also helps. But do try not to keep an open flame burning while you sleep. Its dangerous.
On nights after I’ve had my yoga lessons, I always sleep better. Most of the time I’m tired out anyway! For most of us who work in a static office environment, and who don’t use our muscles much, getting some exercise helps get you tired enough to sleep better at night.
Sometimes, I like to take some warm honey before bed. For some reason, it helps me sleep.
A cosy bedroom
I keep my bed as cosy as I can, with bed linen that are soft and comfortable. I have a bit of an obsession with bed linen – I can never have enough! I also sleep better when its cool so having air-conditioning or a fan helps.
No light and sound
My bedroom curtains are thick to let in minimum sunlight in the mornings and I keep my windows closed as I live in the city and sometimes, the city can get noisy at night. Keeping noise and light to a minimum contributes to a good night’s sleep.
I love to read and these days, the only time I have to read is before bed. I can’t appreciate chick-lit or romance novels but I love fantasy, travel books and humour. These are light enough subject matter for reading before bed for me.
No Work, No Computers
I keep all work and computers OUTSIDE the bedroom. No working in bed for me! Sometimes, I do use the computer in the bedroom, but it is quite rare because my room lighting isn’t all that bright anyway.
When I’ve had a good night’s sleep, I look and feel better and I don’t get as crabby too What other tips can you share for a good night’s rest?