How to sleep better

We've all been there, it’s 2am and you really should be fast asleep but instead you’re lying awake staring at the ceiling. Tossing and turning, no matter how exhausted you feel you just can’t seem to drop off. When you do eventually manage to get some shuteye, it feels like only moments pass before your alarm is buzzing and you have to face the day feeling just as tired as the day before.

Women need an average of eight hours sleep to feel their best, but according to the recent National Health Report we’re only getting six and half hours. One of the main reasons we’re unable to switch off is due to our tech addiction. The blue light emitted by our smartphones and tablets supresses the sleep inducing hormone melatonin, making it more difficult for us to drop off. A good night’s sleep equals good skin health, as this is when your body goes into repair mode, new skin cells grow and replace old ones. A lack of sleep also dilates blood vessels making dark circles more prominent and skin often looks lacklustre. If you often find yourself awake long into the night then here are five tips to help you get a better nights sleep.

1. Relax
About an hour before bedtime you should try to turn off all your electrical devices, like your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Staying up to read through work related emails will only make you feel more stressed, and you’ll find yourself lying awake worrying about problems you can’t tackle now. Instead you should find something that helps you relax, read a book, take a long hot shower, or spend 20 minutes giving yourself a well-deserved pamper. Try our Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask, which helps restore moisture and brighten skin tone, as weekly skin treat.

2. Sleep Habits
Although you might think a set bedtime is for children, going to bed at the same time each evening will help you to drift off and get your body into a rhythm. But beware of setting up unnecessary night-time props like a having a glass of wine or taking sleeping tablets before bed, as becoming reliant on these can fuel sleep anxiety

3. Say No To Caffeine
After lunchtime try cutting out coffee, sugary drinks and alcohol so your body isn’t buzzing when it comes to bedtime. Alcohol can disrupt sleep quality as it takes your body an hour to metabolise one unit, making it more difficult to drift off.

4. Beautiful Bedding
Make your bedroom a beautiful, relaxing space that you instantly connect to a good night’s sleep. If you have to take your work home with you, then try to keep it out of the bedroom – or at least your bed. Staying up late, checking our emails in our room leads us to associate that place with work instead of sleep, making it more difficult to relax. Choosing soft, silky bedding will not only help you to feel more comfortable but it’s actually better for your skin, as pressing your face into a pillow creates a mesh of fines lines which can lead to wrinkles.  

5. Don’t Panic
Although studies have found that women need an average of eight hours sleep, lying awake panicking about the amount of the time you need to rest for is only going to make you feel more stressed. Anywhere between four and ten hours is normal, so find out how much is best for. Some people find that they actually feel better on fewer hours sleep, and staying in bed for too long can make them feel more tired.