I have a pretty busy lifestyle, I work, go to uni and I'm on placement half of the year. It can be pretty intense at times and very very exhausting. That's why when I have a few days off I like to chill and having a good night's sleep is an absolute must for me. I've never been much of a night owl and I generally don't go to bed much later than 10pm to make sure I get a decent amount of sleep before the day ahead.
I've mentioned my sleep routine whilst doing night shifts here, but I thought I'd focus more on what my routine is before bed on a normal day.
I am a huge fan of baths and I probably have a bath 3 or 4 times a week (I do shower every morning too!) before I head off to bed. They totally chill me out and relax me especially if I have a few sneaky Lush bath bombs to add in. I adore floral and lavendery scents, which really help me to get into the right frame of mind before bed. I weirdly enjoy taking my make up off before bed and if i can be bothered I will always apply a face mask to add to my relaxation routine.
My skin has changed so much over the years and now is really dry in areas. It's a big deal for me to apply creams and moisturisers before bed to ensure I wake up with plump skin. I always pop on a lip balm before bed too, to make sure my lips don't get too dry overnight.
I've tried many pillow sprays but I have to say thiswoks deep sleep pillow spray* is the ultimate. The scent is heavenly, especially if you're not a huge fan of lavender, most others I've tried can be overpowering but this is so subtle and gorgeous. It's a really fine mist too, so my pillow isn't soaked before I settle down. I've been using the roller ball* from the same range too, which I pop on my pulse points just before bed to help to calm and prepare for a good night's sleep. If you're looking for a lightly cheaper option The Body Shop's pillow spray is pretty lovely too.
I try and get at least 8 hours sleep a night and I will push for a little more if possible. I am really grumpy if I'm tired and get really drowsy throughout the day. More often than not, I sleep really well. I tend to sleep all the way through an get up around 7-7:30 on my days off. If I'm not at home and don't sleep well, my skin will never thank me for it. Rubbish sleep leaves me with redness, huge circles and requires much more concealer than usual.
I've always been fascinated about dreams, so if I can remember mine and can't relate it to anything from the previous day I like to look it up. The Dream Dictionary* is the perfect place to read about the meaning of dreams, which is pretty interesting. The mind works in mysterious ways!
What's your sleep routine like?
*In assosiation with Time4Sleep