In today’s 24/7 world it can be hard to switch off and relax. If you are tense or distracted you will have trouble getting to sleep and will also not get a good quality of sleep. We spoke to Natalie, founder of Soak Society about how to relax before bed and drift of to sleep with ease.
Relaxing before bed
Relaxation is crucial, not just for a good night’s sleep but for your health in general. Natalie suggests switching your phone to aeroplane mode at least half an hour before bed to remove the temptation of social media and emails. Try reading a book or magazine as the blue light from device screens can interfere with your natural body clock. Natalie likes to maintain a simple beauty routine at night which signals to her mind that it is bedtime.
Essential oils can also help with relaxation. Lavender is a primary ingredient in sleep aromatherapy oil blends and candles. The scent of lavender eases anxiety and can reduce insomnia. Studies have shown that lavender may slow the activity of the nervous system, thus inducing a feeling of calm. So, pop some in a diffuser or dab a little on your pillow to help you rest at night.
Relaxing your body is key to relaxing your mind. Natalie recommends a ‘legs up the wall’ yoga pose before sleep. When the legs are higher than the heart, gravity can help the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid. Don’t forget to breathe deeply and gently while holding the pose. When she hops into bed Natalie likes a cool, dark room and some beautiful pyjamas.
It’s crucial that everyone find time to relax, because relaxation actually makes you more productive. “If I give my brain a chance to switch off from work, I feel refreshed and inspired and full of new ideas!” says Natalie. If you are busy, try taking bite-sized relaxation sessions. Have your morning coffee outside in nature, or turn off your computer and phone while you eat lunch. It’s all about “just giving yourself those small moments of space to just sit and be”.
Soak your worries away before bed
Natalie’s passion for a great bath is what inspired her to start Soak Society. Here are her tips for the best soak possible:
- Put time aside for your bath. A least an hour is ideal.
- Put a DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door so people know this is your time.
- Light some candles or dim the lights.
- Set up your laptop or tablet with an easy-watching TV show or movie.
- Apply a face mask to make extra good use of your time.
- Add one of Soak Society’s natural soaks to the warm water.
- Have some soft fluffy towels waiting for you when you get out.
Our favourite is the Sleep Wellness Soak. It combines lavender petals and essential oil with chamomile essential oil, two herbs known for their calming properties. All their soaks are based on epsom salt, which contains magnesium that helps with muscle cramps, restless legs syndrome and assists with sleep and stress in general.