As doctors say, prevention is better than cure. They’re right. This theory applies to makeup too. I simply don’t have the time in the morning for the layers of colour correcting and concealing that I would need after a bad night’s sleep. Sleeping well and feeling refreshed is an important part of my routine to keep the dark circles away.
Sleep is definitely an underrated part of my beauty regime and also the cheapest! It’s free and makes me look a lot better than some of my more expensive beauty products, but at times can be so hard to come by. Ever since I had my kids, and I’m even worse now that I live alone, I’ve found it difficult to sleep. Something about those two little girls and their million and one requests which only seem to increase during the night! Why do my kids hate water during the day but crave it at night? And why do they insist on joining me in bed too!
I’ve been going through a difficult time recently, so my sleep patterns have been all over the place. It’s not good. No sleep makes me grouchy as well as makes me look less than my best. I’m committed to change, so here are the top 5 tips that I am going to try to improve my sleep and get rid of those dark circles once and for all – without even touching my Touche Éclat.
Make my bed comfortable
I am terrible at this! When I got divorced, I thought ‘great’ and sought to make my flat as girly as possible. My bedroom has about 72,000 pillows, cushions and huge throws. Sometimes I sleep on one pillow. Sometimes I sleep on five and then wonder why I often have an uncomfortable night and wake up with back and neck pain. It just depends on how many are actually on the bed come bedtime.
This video from the #SleepExperts at Adjustamatic is great for explaining the benefits of sleep position and I will be sleeping with just two pillows from now on. The rest will be simply for decoration purposes. (There’s no way that I’m getting rid of my pillows!)
Wind down before bedtime
This is an important part of my routine. So many nights, I am on my phone or laptop searching through social media or replying to emails whilst propped up in my bed. It’s well known that this keeps the mind alert and stimulated and I have to admit when I fall asleep with my laptop (this has happened a few times!) I wake up multiple times through the night and don’t feel refreshed when I rise for the day.
How am i going to combat this?
I received a lovely adult colouring book and some great fine liner pens at Christmas so five months later, I am actually going to use them! Colouring in is relaxing – hence the surge in adults colouring in. It’s calm and helps me to destress. By colouring in for half hour every night before bed, I hope that I will relax more easily and fall into a deeper sleep.
If colouring isn’t your thing. Try reading. An actual book, not blogs or social media, which can be more stimulating. There is something incredibly relaxing about reading a book at night to make me drop off. Especially in a nice, hot bubble bath.
Keep to a regular bed time
Every morning I wake up at 5:15am and my bedtime can vary from anywhere between 8pm and 1am depending on my work load and how long my kids take to get to sleep.
I worked out that I feel my best when I’ve had about 7 hours sleep. More or less and I feel groggy. So that means I need to be in bed for around 10:15 every single night. That seems hard and impossibly early but getting into a routine will help me to feel refreshed.
Get the right bedroom conditions
A comfortable bed is a great start but I am one of those people who needs pitch black, silence and a cold room to be able to relax and sleep. You’ll never catch me drifting off on the sofa, the slightest noise or sound stimulates my mind and wakes me up.
One new thing I am going to try is using essential oils such as lavender, bergamot and sandalwood to help me relax and drift off to sleep. No surprises there as lavender in particular is known as a calming and relaxing scent. In the past, I’ve used sleep mists that I’ve sprayed onto my pillow but I’m getting more and more into essential oils at the moment and will try this. In my pitch-black, silent bedroom.
I know it’s easier said than done… but simply relax. If you can’t get to sleep, even after doing all of these things. Get up. Read a book and try again! Lying in bed fretting about not sleeping won’t help at all and will actually be counterproductive. Am I going to be hard on myself for the occasional late night? No! Life’s too short for consistent early nights. I’ve still want to have fun! However, as long as most of the time I’m sleeping comfortably and waking up feeling refreshed, the occasional all-nighter won’t hurt. That’s what concealer and highlighter are for!
Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Adjustamatic. See my disclaimer for further information about collaborative posts on beautyaddictmama.