I’ve never been one for sleeping – when there were sleepovers at my best friend’s house when we were little, I’d always be awake first and reach for one of her books or magazines whilst I waited for her to wake up. At Uni, I was typically one of the last to bed and first up. At some point, your body clock surely just gets used to a routine, a pattern that you can’t break no matter how hard you try. Granted, when Pete and I first got togethe, there were plenty of lazy weekend mornings where we’d stay in bed until midday, eating leisurely breakfasts and watching Soccer Am but we were renting, pet-free and 10 years younger.
Now with the passing of time there’s a distinct feeling that life is going by far too fast and a sense of needing to make the most of every minute. Of course we have a huge advantage to racking up those sleep hours because we don’t have children and I’m sure any parent would tell us that we don’t know what it’s like to be busy and how envious they are of all the sleep we get. Yet I’m married to a workaholic who is out of the house before 6am which means the alarm goes off at 5. Sometimes it wakes me, sometimes it doesn’t fully but that final hour before I then get up at 6 isn’t proper sleep by any means. Couple that with us rarely being in bed before midnight and 5 hours a night is our average and has been for years now.
Sleep is precious though and there are 3 products I swear by that come with me wherever I go – hotels where you can’t guarantee complete darkness, complete silence (I’m a light sleeper, a chink of light under a door in an unfamiliar place can keep me awake for hours) or the bed and pillows aren’t so comfy, these three really help to settle my mind and body and mean that generally I’m sound asleep within 10 minutes of my head hitting the pillow.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Now I’m in my mid-30’s of course I’m regretting the entire of my 20’s where I really didn’t give a monkeys about skincare (or health) at all. So now I’m insistent on Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate which I’ve been using religiously for the last couple of years after Pete bought it for me one weekend just to try. My skin is naturally very oily but London is of course very polluted and my skin really feels so soft and rejuvenated when I wake up in the morning. Applying is one of the last things I do before climbing into bed and is a small form of meditation – wearing off the day and focusing on the night ahead and it smells beautiful.
This Work’s Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
I received this in a blog event goody bag about a year ago and was slightly cynical about anything which calls itself “This Works”. So I felt it was only fair to give it a go, popping a couple of spritzes onto my pillow before turning out the light. I thought a good night’s sleep that night was perhaps just a fluke but I’ve been using it ever since. Lavender is not my favourite scent and Pete really hates it but it’s not at all overwhelming so perhaps the combined essential oils of Vetivert and Wild Camomile diffuse the lavender fragrance.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Supplements
These were recommended in a Women’s Health magazine article and that was enough for me. Sometimes my diet isn’t the best and being a non-red meat eater means I know I’m missing out on some nutrients. These supplements help to make me feel relaxed before bed as well as hopefully doing good things for my skin whilst I’m sleeping. I’ve known people who pop supplements like there’s no tomorrow which isn’t for me but these have a restorative soothing combination for a hectic London lifestyle and are also vegan and ethical so tick plenty of boxes for me. I’ve been using them for about 4 months and they’re definitely my go-to.
It feels great to have some found some products that encourage me to take better care of myself and hopefully stave off that inevitable ageing process a little while longer 😉
This is not a collaborative or sponsored post, I just genuinely love these products and wanted to share.
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