With the weekend here do you notice any changes in your sleep? My body is like clockwork so no matter the day of the week I am awake between 4 30 to 4 45 am. This is perfect for me and something I have been adapted to for a long time now and suits my lifestyle perfectly.
Each one of us is different, we have different lifestyles, responsibilities and sudden or ongoing events that occur in our life which each season of life represents to us.
I have always tried as best to adapt to that and always ensure that sleep is a top priority.
If I have gone to bed later than my usual 8 30 pm and I am super tired the next day, I nap. As time goes on and you live a certain lifestyle you really tune into your mind and bodies needs. To me this is a non negotiable. After all if I do not look after myself how can I possibly be at my best and look after anyone else.
It is not selfish it is Fundamentally Necessary.
So, to finish off this Sleep Story lets go over some nurturing practices to implement in the lead up to going to bed. Set a tone, mood and peaceful ambience for this sacred time.
Make this a part of your nightly practice. What I am listing may seem obvious but as with anything its the consistency of what you do that has the most profound and habitual effect on your life.
Turn Off all devices at least 2 hours before bed. Deal with what needs to be done and there is always tomorrow. Scrolling through Instagram aimlessly up to the last minute before bed just stimulates you and does not set the mood for a peaceful nights sleep.
Light a candle, relaxing, nurturing and sets the tone. Smell is such a powerful tool in regards to being uplifting or relaxing for the senses.
Have a shower of bath, I shower morning and night. I love this routine as you are cleansing your start of the day and end of the day. Being the product obsessed person that I am its just another way of trying and having more products equipped for day and night. Plus theres nothing like getting into bed fresh, clean pampered and smelling divine, as far as I am concerned.
Get into your favourite nightdress of pyjamas or what ever you love to sleep in or not sleep in. I personally love pyjamas and nightdresses.
Make a relaxing drink. There are so many options. A relaxing camomile, cherry juice, valerian drops or tea, lemon balm tea. Coconut water is fantastic even though it is generally used in the day for smoothies it is packed with B vitamins which reduces stress and help you relax. Ashwaganda in milk of your choice with honey.
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In next weeks feature I will show you some of my current products I use for my night time ritual. From candle to body oils, to my current favourite pyjamas.
Have an amazing weekend full of love, laughter, joy, fun deep sleep and drama free.
Love Saskia xxx