Everyone can agree that waking up after a great night’s slumber has you feeling like an entirely new person! The birds are singing, your body is dancing and the day just breezes by effortlessly.
Sleep is a vital requirement for the healthy development of any person’s routine. Whether you consider yourself a night owl or an early bird, chances are you still need the same amount of sleep.
A lot of us see sleep as a reset button, and it truly is that way! Sleep is how your body recharges itself: from switching off after a busy day, recovering from moving about or feeling stressed!
Why do we need to sleep?
Sleep is so much more than just getting some shut eye. It is a necessary function of our human bodies which allows our brain to recharge and our bodies to recover and rest. A good night’s rest will have you waking up and feeling like a whole new human for exactly this reason! Your muscles will feel repaired, your memory sharpened, and your mood will feel lifted.
How sleep affects your mood
Not to give you an excuse for a snappy remark, but did you get enough sleep that day?
It may not be news to you that sleep affects your mood, but some of us may not realise how this affects our coping mechanism when it comes to handling the day ahead!
Sleep deprivation can cause your fuse to feel a lot shorter, making you more sensitive, irritable, and even angry. Does that clear up some mysterious events this year? Don’t worry, it’s been the same for us too!
Sleep and stress levels
How does stress affect your sleeping patterns? Well, when you are feeling stressed it triggers a chemical reaction that places your mind and body in a frequently heightened state of mind, also known as fight or flight mode.
Like an animal in the wild, this means that your body is constantly on high alert! No one would want to lie down and take a nap in the middle of a battlefield, so this is why it’s difficult to fall asleep when you’re feeling anxious or stressed.
Can you recall that feeling of being absolutely shattered from a day, but your mind just seems to buzzing with thoughts? A delay in onset sleep can trigger a congested traffic of thoughts within your mind, which can make you feel restless and more stressed.
A natural way to get a better night’s sleep
With increased stress comes less rest, but the cycle can be ended when you get some beauty sleep!
There are many natural tricks and remedies which you can find when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. In fact, aromatherapy may be one of the most common and well-known options to getting natural rest.
Lavender oil & aromatherapy
Aromatherapy comes with an array of different smells and oils made from natural plant extracts, which are said to have soothing properties.
Lavender oil is known as one of the most soothing essential oils, with a strong and distinct scent that lingers in the air. You’ll find this oil in our Sleep Pillow Mist, which has been expertly blended using only the finest essential oils!
Mindfulness & Meditation
Mindfulness is a natural practice which is said to help relieve stress and calm the mind.
Many mindfulness techniques will incorporate your senses due to your ability to turn down the dial of your busy thoughts and zone in, helping to make everything around you quieter.
Once your mind is at ease, so is your body. With mindfulness, you will soon be able to fall into a blissful slumber that your body so craves!
Finding a balance between night and day
The biggest factor in easily getting to sleep is finding the right balance and routine between night and day.
As sleep is directly linked to your mental health and stress balancing, getting eight hours of sleep a night will not only help you get through the day, but also support your body, reduce anxiety and lift your mood.
Many sleep practices include following a set routine before you go to bed. This is seen as a way of telling your body that now is the time to go to sleep. This can include reading for 10 minutes every night, listening to some gentle music, or meditating.
Whatever you choose, it should exclude any screen time. This is because the blue light on screens such as smartphones affects the hormone in your body which is responsible for your circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle), and will trick your mind into thinking it’s still daytime.
How to use the Sleep Pillow Mist:
As you’re about to climb into bed, spray your bedsheets and pillow with the comforting lavender scent of our Sleep Pillow Mist.
Once you’re under the covers, bring your awareness to the sense of the mist:
- Slowly breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds.
- Breathe out through your mouth for 7 seconds.
- And repeat.
97% of people we surveyed told us they experienced an improved quality of sleep after using our Sleep Pillow Mist! It’s definitely the team’s top favourite here at BeYouHQ, but we’re always up to hear what you think!