The importance of sleep... my top 10 tips for a better night’s sleep

22 August 2018

The importance of sleep for your skin health should never be underestimated. I’ve grown up hearing the phrase ‘Sleep when you’re dead’ which seems to work for my energetic family but not for me! I’ve discovered that a peaceful night’s sleep works wonders for my skin, I have more energy and I feel more productive.

Enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep, my top 10 tips

But getting a good night’s sleep can be easier said than done, especially when you have eczema. I’ve created my own little wind-down routine to help me sleep well and I want to share my top ten tips to help you catch some zzzzs.

Tip 1: Pamper yourself
I begin getting ready for bed with a pamper session which involves running a bath with dead sea salts, castor oil and drops of lavender oil. I surround myself with positive music, candlelight, soothing scents and try to switch off from the day. Then I moisturise my whole body from head to toe and get cosy in my favourite dressing gown.

Tip 2: Create the perfect sleep environment
Make sure your room is clean and tidy and reduce all artificial lighting, using candles instead. I also like to do is to burn an aromatherapy stick, this really helps to create a soothing vibe in my bedroom.

Tip 3: Switch to aeroplane mode
Me and my boyfriend are always on our phone checking emails and social media because, as we all know it’s highly addictive! At night we swipe to aeroplane mode, so we’re no longer bombarded with messages and late-night emails. We officially switch off and trust me, this is a lifesaver for all you workaholics and social media addicts!

Tip 4: Enjoy a calming drink
No caffeinated drinks beyond 3pm please lovelies! Before bed try a camomile tea, or any non-caffeinated herbal teas that take your fancy. I have a little ritual of making myself a magnesium drink from the brand Natural Calm. Magnesium is nature’s relaxation mineral and for those that are easily stressed (like me), it’s essential to keep your levels topped up. The best way to get your magnesium is by eating leafy greens, but as that’s not always easy this drink is a great alternative.

Tip 5: Read an inspiring book
Thrillers are great but best kept for the daytime! You want to drift off to sleep with positive thoughts in your mind and an inspirational book can really help. My favourites are ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ by Louise Hay, ‘Empower Yourself’ by Miranda Kerr and I’m currently reading ‘Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling’ by Dr Wayne W. Dyer.

Tip 6: Invest in an eye mask
If you’re anything like me then even the tiniest glimmer of light can keep you awake. I’ve found that investing in a good-quality sleep mask has helped me drift off more peacefully no matter where I am in the world.

Tip 7: Be in bed before midnight
I’ve heard that every hour of sleep you have before midnight counts as double. Whether that’s true or not I don’t know, but it makes sense... if you wake up between 6am-8am in the morning, sleeping before midnight makes sure you get plenty of lovely restful sleep.

Tip 8: Take time to relax
By the end of the day our minds can be racing with thoughts that are impossible to slow down, so this step is really important. Follow a gentle yoga flow or listen to a guided meditation yoga makes you focus on your breath and releases all of your tension while meditation also helps to focus your mind on the present moment. You can find out about my favourite apps here.

Tip 9: Eat lightly before bed
You don’t want to fall asleep on a full stomach as that can compromise your digestion. If you’re hungry, eat light and choose something that will encourage a good night’s sleep. I usually opt for a small bowl of gluten-free oats with a banana when I am feeling a little too peckish to sleep.

Tip 10: Keep a journal
When I can’t sleep I pull out my notepad and write down all my racing thoughts. This helps to clear my mind and download my thoughts all in one place. I also encourage myself to write all that I am grateful for so that I can go to bed on a positive note. Remember, there is always something to be thankful for!

And one bonus tip if you have eczema: if you struggle with burning heat under your skin, try keeping a cold flannel near your bed and instead of scratching, hold the flannel against your skin to soothe it. I found this really helped ease the agony of the ‘itch’ and stopped me tearing my skin open.

These tips really work for me and I hope they do for you too! Don’t forget to let me know if you try any of them @camilleknowles.

Lots of love, Camille xx

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