How I Wind Down Before Sleep

My dog Richy and I have a lot in common. We both just want some love, affection, food and sleep. If anything, I’m jealous that he gets to sleep all day whereas when I do it I get labelled lazy and a couch potato. Seems a bit unfair to me but I guess life isn’t fair. Or that’s what they tell me. A good night’s sleep is necessary for me to become a fully functioning member of society the next day. I strive to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep every night but I’m only human. I can’t help it if I procrastinate until midnight and only do important assignments/chores well into the night! Over the years I have changed my habits to get me to wind down and destress before falling asleep as I often find it hard to shut off in the evenings. The fact that I often browse my Instagram and Facebook timelines just that one final time before bed definitely doesn’t help. It especially affects my eyes because even on the lowest brightness, your eyes get tired of looking at the screen all day.

I now no longer crave to go out and party all night like I used to. Now I really look forward to my little night time routine. Well okay. Night time routine probably isn’t the best way to describe it (but it does make me sound like a YouTuber, haha) but it’s a little destress pamper routine I like to do before going asleep. I will fully admit that I do not do all of these steps on a regular evening. I usually just like to do a few when I feel like I need it after a long day or when I feel like treating myself in little ways. It’s called self-care, okay.

I’m going to address the elephant in the room. No, I do not normally have full glam makeup and hair when I go to sleep. My usual ‘look’ for the evening is a super messy bun, no makeup, and the comfiest sweatpants I can find. However, I hope you understand for the purposes of this blog post and for the general a e s t h e t i c of my blog, I went for a glammed-up version. Just keep in mind this is nothing like reality. In this case, it is fake social media. And yes, normally it’s pitch black outside in the evenings but the photo quality just wouldn’t be good enough if I hadn’t shot these photos during the day. Now that we’ve cleared that up, read on to find out what are the little things I like to do to ensure I wind down in the evenings to get a good night’s sleep!

Light a Candle

I love lighting candles in the evenings. There’s something so cosy about it, especially if it has a light scent. This specific candle is from Rituals but I’ll usually just light whatever candle I can find in the house. I’m a huge fan of the ‘Baies’ and ‘Mimosa’ candles from Diptique. However, I like to save the Diptique ones for more special occasions as I don’t want to burn through them too quickly – those little candles are pricey!

 

Pamper

Amethyst crystal was gifted/ Marble tray from H&M Home/ Jade roller from The Swim Report x Jade Roller Beauty/ Relaxing serum from Rituals/ Heavenly Days Sleep Temple Balm from Champneys/ Cuticle oil from French Girl

I love to pamper myself in the evenings, especially whilst watching Netflix or YouTube. I’ve been trying out this rose quartz jade roller from The Swim Report’s collaboration with Jade Roller Beauty this summer. I’ll do a proper review of it in a future blog post but I, along with many of my friends, really love it! It’s one of those things which is so unbelievably unnecessary… but nice nevertheless. It’s like a mini face massage and it’s meant to have many benefits, such as an increase in circulation, smoothing out fine lines, and encouraging the lymphatic system’s natural detoxification process (aka, ‘drainage’). Essentially, this is the most LA thing I’ve ever heard of and I fell right into the trap in pursuit of beauty and wellness. Amazon sells a bunch of affordable jade rollers and I definitely recommend checking them out if you’re into skincare and pampering. I love using cuticle oils/balms as I’m really into upkeeping my nails. I feel like a lot of people forget that cuticles need some moisturising too! The Rituals relaxing serum and the Champneys Heavenly Days Sleep Temple Balm are both something I got as freebies. But boy, oh, boy are they a nice thing to use if you want to get a good night’s sleep. They have this cooling effect that really relaxes you. Again, by no means a necessity but a nice little touch. I’d be careful with using temple balms if you have acne-prone skin, though, as they can be quite thick. The amethyst crystal is something I like to keep by my bed purely for aesthetic purposes. It was gifted to me by a friend when I said goodbye to him in Australia and it’s a lovely reminder of him and my time there. Crystals are meant to have all kinds of properties but, to be honest, I’m not that deep into it. Yet. Never doubt my future gullibility though.

 

Tea

I love having a big cup of tea about 1-2 hours before going to sleep. I will normally have a herbal tea, such as chamomile or some floral white tea, in the evenings as it does not contain any caffeine. Tea truly is like having a hug in a mug. I usually will be sipping on mine while reading a good book, which is a great segue into the next point…

 

Read a Good Book

I’ve been trying to get in the habit of reading instead of browsing my phone in the evenings. I’m glad to say that I’ve been pretty good at it! I have read a decent amount of books this summer. For pleasure. I normally never get to read for pleasure during the academic year as I’m focused on getting all my readings done for my degree. I would feel guilty if I was reading anything else other than my law textbooks. I’m not looking forward to having to do that in a couple of weeks time… In the meantime, I’m currently reading Rolf Dobelli’s “The Art of the Good Life” and I’m just over halfway through. I really like it and would highly recommend it! I’ve read his other bestseller “The Art of Thinking Clearly” a few years ago and it’s also so good. A random fact about me is that I really enjoy reading non-fiction books, especially if they’re about cognitive biases, psychology, economy and sociology. Some of my other favourites are Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking, Fast and Slow” and Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt’s “Freakonomics”, “Super Freakonomics” and “When to Rob a Bank”. My friends like to joke about my love for non-fiction books, saying that I’d probably enjoy reading the encyclopedia or a dictionary too. And you know what… I would. 😉

 

Pillow Spray

This is perhaps my favourite thing to do if I feel like I’ll need some extra stimuli to fall asleep – pillow spray. This one is from This Works and – you guessed it – it does work! It makes your bedding smell of lavender and who doesn’t want that!? I find it much easier to drift off to sleep when it feels like I’m floating on a lavender smelling marshmallow. I know that’s quite a strange way of describing it but try for yourself before disagreeing with me! I bet you, too, will see this pillow spray as a bedside table necessity.

 

What are your favourite things to do to ensure a good night’s sleep? I’d love to hear!

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