Ask us how we feel after a night of tossing and turning and we respond: It’s not pretty. While we’re usually referring to an ugly mood, a lack of sleep is unfortunately all too evident in other ways as well. A British study found that people with just a few extra hours of sleep per night were perceived as more attractive than those who logged less hours — yikes! But with just a few changes, your bedroom can be an oasis for the perfect night’s sleep.
But don’t forget to set your alarm — after following these tips, you’ll need it!
Prep With Spa Strategies
While a scorching hot shower is never recommended as it raises body temps and dries skin, a warm bath is a known sleep promoter. Relax with a medley of coconut milk, oats, and essential oils, in a soak such as The Body Shop’s Deep Sleep Comforting Milk Bath Float, which helps calm and relax the body.
Ditch the Night Lights
There’s always comfort in keeping a hall light on or your smartphone nearby. However, studies cited by the National Sleep Foundation have shown that artificial lighting can suppress melatonin in the body, making it difficult to fall and stay asleep. Yep, even the light from a digital clock can disrupt sleep. Turn off all lights, use a sleep mask, or hang dark curtains on mornings you want to sleep in.
Sleeping with a silky pillowcase puts less breakage and wrinkle inducing pressure on your hair and skin. Switching up your bedding is also key to converting a bedroom into a resort-like oasis. Our advice? Swap cotton for a smoother material and choose bedding colors that make you feel calmer. In color therapy, cool tones are thought to be relaxing, while in feng shui, white is said to promote clarity of the mind. Material and color are both essential to comfort, so if there was ever an area to splurge a little — this is it!
Let the Product Do the Work
There’s nothing as effortless as a skincare regimen that works while you sleep. By now you’ve heard your share of overnight beauty treatments—but do you choose one that’s as soothing as it is effective? Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque is a light fragrance and silicone free overnight treatment that rejuvenates skin while you snooze.
Soothing Scent = Sound Sleep
Soothing scents have been touted as sleep-inducing for years. The trick is to find a scent that relaxes you personally. Chamomile and lavender are just two tranquil smells to try. Opt for scents in a bottle with The Body Shop Deep Sleep Dreamy Pillow & Body Mist which has chamomile, juniper, and the deep-sleep promoting jujube date. If you’re the type who likes to read a little before bed, consider lighting a candle in your favorite scent while you do so. Our favorite choice right now is Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bombalicious Scented Candle. It helps us relax!
What helps you log your beauty rest? Share your secrets below.