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Ask allbeauty: Top Tips for Restful Sleep

Sleep. We all need it, but most of us aren’t getting enough of it. Whether you’re partial to a late-night Netflix binge, struggle to switch off from social media, or live with tiny people who don’t understand the concept of sleeping through the night, getting a full night of restful sleep can be the stuff of daydreams.

With that in mind, the allbeauty team is here to tackle some of your sleep complaints and help you to sleep deeper, longer, and more peacefully.


“My husband feels refreshed after six hours of sleep, but I still feel drained after eight! How much sleep do I really need?”

The amount of sleep each of us needs can vary, depending on a number of circumstances. Our age, health and how active we are during the day all play a part in our sleep habits. Not to mention, we’re all unique and so are our individual sleep needs. All that being said though, the average healthy adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. Head to bed an hour earlier for a solid week and see if it makes a difference to your energy levels.


“No matter what time I go to bed, I struggle to switch my brain off and end up tossing and turning. What can I do to help tune it out?”

This is one of the biggest issues facing our readers. You do all the right things, go to bed early, but end up fretting over every little thing your brain throws at you. For busy minds, a two-pronged approach is best. Aroma plays a powerful role in relaxation, so invest in a scented candle, oil or pillow spray to get to work on your subconscious. Our favourites are the Neom Scent to Sleep Diffuser and the thisworks Sleep Plus Pillow Spray. Trying some mindfulness exercises can also be incredibly helpful, so it’s well worth having one or two in your arsenal. 

Neom Organics London 
Scent To Sleep Tranquillity Reed Diffuser 100ml

Our Price: £38.00


“I know certain scents can encourage sleep, but I don’t enjoy the smell of lavender. Do you have any other suggestions for scents I could try?

There are a handful of scents that are particularly conducive to sleep and yes, lavender is the most widely used. As a hardy plant that grows well in many climates, it’s a popular addition to sleep products. However, there are still a few great options if you’re avoiding lavender. Chamomile is a popular choice, but also vanilla, geranium and jasmine.

The Organic Pharmacy Cleanse
Rose & Chamomile Cleansing Milk 100m

Our Price: £35.00


“My kids have trouble settling down to sleep and wake multiple times before midnight. How can I encourage them to sleep so I can get to bed earlier?”

Why is it that we spend the first decade of our lives fighting sleep, and the rest of our lives trying to get more of it? Routine can play a big part in helping kids to settle to sleep, so try to create a relaxing nightly routine for them. Scent aids relaxation, so a warm bath with lavender and a calming bedtime story can help signal that its sleep time. If that doesn’t do it, the Baby Sleep Pillow Spray by thisworks is sure to send them off to dreamland. With soothing chamomile, lavender and vetiver, it’s suitable from 6 months. For younger babies, a gentle massage with Cowshed Baby Rich Massage Oil will have the same effect.

thisworks Sleep
Baby Sleep Pillow Spray 75ml
RRP: £19.50 (Save 10%)

Our Price: £17.55


“I love to catch up on my favourite shows in bed, but I’ve heard it can impact my sleep. Any ideas?”

You’ve heard right, the blue light emitted from your tv, tablet or phone can trick your brain into thinking it’s daytime, which makes it more difficult to drift off to sleep. In fact, it’s recommended to avoid screens for at least an hour before bed. Instead, why not listen to a podcast? Equally entertaining when you feel like you’re not yet ready to surrender to sleep, a good podcast can satisfy your tv cravings without any negative after-effects. For a particularly sleepy podcast, we love Sleep With Me.


“I struggle to wind down after a day at work. How can I create an evening that’s more conducive to sleep?”

Along with the other tips we’ve discussed, such as avoiding screens an hour before bed, you may want to consider taking a long bath on the nights you most struggle to unwind. The heat of a bath can relax your muscles, reduce stress and give your brain a chance to process the day. Make the most of your soak by using sleep-supporting scented bath oil, such as Elemis Sleep Bath and Shower Elixir or Weleda Lavender Relaxing Bath Milk.

Elemis Life Elixirs
Sleep Bath and Shower Elixir 100ml
RRP: £55.00 (Save 33%)

Our Price: £36.95


Whatever hurdles stand in your way of a good night’s sleep, we’ve got the tools you need to overcome them. Check out our full range of sleep products here.

Sleeptember with Neom

NEOM focus on wellbeing with small steps that make a big difference. From the shower drops that leave you energised and ready to go, to the candle that creates a tranquil calm zone in your busy home. 

September at NEOM becomes Sleeptember with a focus on their 100% natural Tranquillity fragrance – a blend of 19 of the purest possible essential oils including English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine. All expertly blended to help you relax and prepare for sleep.

NEOM Founder, Nicola Elliott, wasn’t always a great sleeper – years ago, when she was a jet setting journalist, working across two time zones (and partying across them too!) – sleep came pretty low down on her priority list.

Nicola slept when she could and, being a lot younger, it took some time for the effects to catch up. But of course, they did. We’re sleeping less than ever, but the fact is we’re living through an unprecedentedly busy digital age.

 


So here are Nicola’s tried & tested tips she keeps in what she calls her ‘Sleep Toolkit’…

1. UNPLUG 

The blue light that tech emits disrupts your sleep cycle. It cues the brain to be wide awake when it should be settling down. Make a promise to yourself to turn off electronic devices at a certain time and light your candles to bring on the cosy factor

2. SOAK IT OFF 

Nicola will happily take ANY excuse for a long hot soak in the tub – but as it helps aid sleep too – it’s a no brainer. A soak in the tub with the potent oils in the Perfect Night’s Sleep Bath & Shower Drops, and we’re on the path to sleep… 

3. MOVE EVERY DAY 

Exercise is a key factor in getting a better night’s sleep – but, the best bit – even exercising in fresh air for just ten minutes is enough to make a difference. A walk is good, but a run is even better – even if it’s short. 

4. MAGIC Mg 

Increasing your magnesium intake has wondrous effects on sleep – it helps deactivate adrenaline. Try out NEOMs Perfect Night’s Sleep Multi Mineral Bath Salts to smarten up your soak. Why not also throw in a few extra magnesium- rich green leafy vegetables, peas, nuts and seeds where you can? 


Discover below Nicolas top picks from NEOMs best selling Sleep range:

Perfect Nights Sleep Pillow Mist: One spritz of this bestselling bottle of natural goodness on your pillow and the dreamy potent oils of lavender, patchouli & chamomile plus 11 other essential oils get to work – helping you to feel relaxed and prepared for a great night’s sleep. Spritz your pillow, lay back and breathe in the pure essential oils, enjoy a deep night’s sleep and look forward to a fresh tomorrow.

Perfect Nights Sleep Cleansing Balm: A deep cleansing balm that removes makeup and daily grime. The ultimate night time cleanser which is an expert blend of vitamin-rich, skin- loving oils including rose oil, cherry blossom, peony and elderflower extract – plus 13 of the purest possible relaxing essential oils. Leave skin cleansed, deeply nourished and prepared for sleep. Massage a pea-sized amount into damp skin using circular motions to melt away makeup and daily grime. 

Tranquillity Scented Candle: The dreamy fragrance of lavender, sweet basil & jasmine plus 16 other essential oils is expertly blended to help you sleep. Hand-poured 100% natural wax, with up to 40mls of therapeutic essential oils offering a therapeutic treatment as they burn. Light up and release the essential oils into the air. Inhale and relax. Burn for 2-4 hours each time.

Perfect Nights Sleep Body Oil:  Soothe and deeply nourish skin with the seriously good natural ingredients and oils of safflower, jojoba, a blend of natural extracts like rose and elderberry, plus added vitamin A and rosehip oil. This body oil is ultra-nourishing and works throughout the night to improve skin health and help support the immune function. Apply directly the skin and massage in for an amazing skin soothing treat.

Perfect Nights Sleep Face Oil: Your skin always looks its best after a great night’s sleep. Fresh, glowing and rested. So imagine a 100% natural face oil that not only leaves your skin deeply nourished and hydrated, but helps it get the absolute most out of those midnight hours. This incredibly powerful formula of antioxidants, omega complex and oils rich in vitamins works hand in hand with 100% natural Neom Tranquillity fragrance, to help give you the best possible night’s sleep, whilst working hard to restore skin overnight. Massage 2-3 drops into your skin using circular motions.

Nourish Breathe &  Sleep Hand Balm: This deeply restful hand balm hydrates and protects your hands with nourishing, rich cocoa butter and softening, skin-loving shea butter, while inhaling 14 of the purest possible essential oils to help you relax and prepare for sleep.


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Win the Neom Sleeptember Heaven package worth £124!

Pillow Mist 
– 1 wick Tranquillity candle 
– Magnesium Body Butter 
– Tranquillity Intensive Skin Treatment Candle 

T&Cs : Entries close midnight 30/09/2019, UK only. One winner will be chosen at random from all entries via the allbeautyHQ Blog page. Winners will receive x1 Pillow Mist, x1 1 wick Tranquillity candle, x1 Magnesium Body Butter and x1 Tranquillity Intensive Skin Treatment Candle from NEOM’s Scent to Sleep Range. In the event of loss of prize in the post, we regret no alternative is available. We reserve the right to re-draw a winner if we do not hear from you within 3 working days. Please note that the winner’s address may be passed on to a third party supplier of the prize for the purpose of dispatching the prize only. No details will be retained by allbeauty or the supplier.  

An hour a day just for you

As the days get shorter and the nights longer, it will soon be time to set our clocks back an hour. A tradition dating back to 1916 in the UK, resetting the time allowed farmers to get a headstart on the day, making the most of the limited daylight hours. But it isn’t only farmers who should get to reap the benefits of that extra hour, you can too. 

At allbeauty we believe in the importance of “me time”, those all too often infrequent moments when we prioritise our own mental wellbeing over the humdrum of daily life.

This Autumn, we challenge you to make the most of gaining an hour by adding self-care to your daily routine. One hour a day, just for you. 

It may sound like a pipe-dream, but taking an hour a day to show yourself some love is a habit that simply takes commitment on your part. It may be going to bed an hour early to enjoy a morning lie-in, or an early start to allow you to begin the day with a face mask and pedicure. Small changes can make a big difference to the quality of your daily life. 


Need inspiration? Here are some of the allbeauty team’s top suggestions for how to spend your power-hour:

Sleep

It may not be the most indulgent or glamorous option on our list, but sleep tops the charts for one of the most beneficial ways to spend an extra hour. Whether it means preparing your lunch and outfit the evening before, or hitting the hay earlier, getting an additional hour of sleep will leave you feeling rested, refreshed, and ready to face the day.

Encourage the sandman with these sleep-inducing secret weapons.

Smile Makers 

Ooh-er! Taking some time for self-discovery between the sheets is a fantastic way to prioritise your wellbeing. An orgasm releases oxytocin and dopamine, so you’ll not only be feeling great physically but will also reduce stress, relieve pain and boost your confidence. What better way to start the day?! Evening me-time comes with the added bonus of getting a better night’s sleep too! Win/win!

Pelvic Floor Trainer

It may not seem like the most thrilling way to indulge in self-care (especially after the previous suggestion), but taking time out of your day to do pelvic floor exercises is an investment in your future self. An estimated 3-6 million people in the UK experience urinary incontinence, minimise your risk with targeted pelvic floor training.

Candle and a Bath 

The ultimate in relaxation, a steaming bath paired with a fragrant candle is an ideal way to end the day. Let the heat of the tub soothe your muscles and soften your skin, while an aromatic candle indulges your senses and promotes relaxation. Perfection!

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Face Mask 

We lead busy lives and our skin bears the brunt of that. Sensitivity, dehydration, sun-damage and exposure to pollution are all common factors that lead to lack lustre skin. With a range of face masks designed to target the full spectrum of dermatological complaints, treat yourself at least once a week, preferably in the company of a good book.

Foot mask / Pedicure

Feet are one of the most hardworking parts of our body but are rarely shown the care they deserve, particularly once the sandals have been packed away for the year. Show your tootsies some love with a weekly pedicure and foot mask available at allbeauty

Hair Treatments

As the clocks go back and Autumn arrives, our hair has a season of woolly hats, rain and wind to contend with. Treat your locks to regular moisturising hair masks to condition and strengthen your strands from root to tip.

Teeth Whitening 

With the cooler weather, we all reach for a comforting tea or coffee a little more often. Don’t let your teeth suffer for it. With the iWhite Instant Teeth Whitening Kit, you can have a whiter, brighter smile in just 20 minutes a day. The question is, what will you do with your other 40 minutes of me-time?! 


With such a wide range of ideas for prioritising your wellbeing, be sure to put the October 27th in your diary as the day your new self-care routine begins – you deserve it.