Sleep is sacred, yet we don’t often treat it as such. There’s no shame in admitting you’re one of the millions around the world that can be classified as “sleep deprived”. Afterall, we live in a world filled with distractions and easily accessible morsels of entertainment. No longer is the late night health risk a midnight stroll to the refrigerator. Now, it’s more like a midnight scroll on social media that can leave all of us red-eyed and bushy-haired from exhaustion, instead of the fabled bright-eyed and bushy-tailed status that seems ever out of grasp.
Even if you feel that you are meeting the recommended quota of 8 hours of sleep a night, you still might not be getting quality sleep. There are many different factors that can sabotage our sheep-counting hours like digital distractions, bad pre-sleep habits, morning rituals (or lack thereof), stress, and more. And with the shortest day of the year fast approaching for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, we all need to get our sleep cycle whipped into shape. So we’re going to break down some best practices for how to wake up more refreshed than when you went to sleep and help you catch those Z’s with ease!Sleep (for real!)
This one might seem obvious, but work on going to bed with the mindset of actually sleeping, so you can hit the recommended 8 hours of rest. Our beds are comfy places to relax or watch TV, but with our phones and Netflix just an arm’s length away, it keeps a quality sleep out of reach. Before you lay down in bed, make sure to set your alarm for the morning and turn off the TV if there’s one in your bedroom. That way, when you lay down, you won’t have a surprise notification to distract you or one more episode of Country Calendar tempting you.
- Set your alarm before laying in bed
- Avoid watching TV an hour before sleep
- Leave your phone far enough away from your bed
Prime Your Sleep Environment
There are many of us that go to bed at a decent time, yet wake up after a full 8 hours feeling like we’ve been hiking on the Tongariro Crossing all night long! And no amount of flat whites will help with that. It can come down to a wide range of factors in our place of rest that is making us restless during the night like light, sound, temperature, and more.
If you have any street lights or other lights shining into the room, this can completely disrupt your circadian rhythm which regulates our sleep and wake patterns. If there are constant noises that bother you, this can subconsciously cause you to stir even if you fall asleep. If your room is also too warm, this is said to cause restlessness as well.
- Use blackout curtains if you have distracting lights
- Use a noise machine or ear plugs to drown out other sounds
- Leave the room somewhat cool so you don’t overheat in your sleep
We know, it can be oh so tempting just to hit the snooze button or wait for that 3rd, 4th, or 5th alarm to sound, but this can lead to groggier feelings in the morning. Don’t hit snooze! However much we think just another 5 minutes might make us feel like waking up, it’s having the opposite effect.
To wake up more refreshed, we recommend waking up with purpose. Set an alarm and stick to it, and when it goes off sit up and give a big stretch. Because your circadian rhythm relies on light for waking up, throw open those curtains no matter how much the deep down drowsy vampire inside tries to fight it. Try adding in a morning stretch routine to get the blood circulation going, physical activity in the AM is a proven way to wake up more energised.
- Avoid setting too many alarms or hitting snooze
- Open the curtains to let light in
- Do some basic stretches when you wake up
- Keep the phone away from the bed so you have to get up for the alarm
Embrace an Invigorating Morning Skincare Routine
Your morning skincare routine is key to maintaining healthy skin, but it can also play a vital role in starting the day on the right foot and feeling refreshed after waking up. After all, your skin is the largest organ of your body and it can play a role for your energy levels as well. When you wake, try going directly for a nice shower and start your skincare routine right after, instead of brewing that cup of coffee or tea first. That way, you’ll feel awake and refreshed as if the day has started, instead of trying to fuel the start of the day with caffeine. Start your anti-aging routine off right as you wake with our Pro-Aging Collection to make morning skincare a breeze with collagen-boosting superpowers.
To maintain the energetic feel throughout the day, keep a mist toner closeby for a quick spritz for a refreshing pick-me-up on your skin.
Ready to banish bad sleep for good and finally wake up feeling ready to take on the day? Follow these stops to great sleep and even better mornings and pair that AM skincare routine with our revitalising Pro-Aging Collection today!