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After a busy and stressful day, it can be difficult to settle into restorative sleep. Up to 40 percent of the world's population gets insufficient sleep and the trend is increasing.

In an ideal world, we would all be going to sleep with a clear mind, relaxed outlook and comfortable, clean environment allowing us to bank 8 hours of deep sleep per night – much easier said than done! In reality, we know there is only so much we can control between deadlines of assignments circulating in our thoughts, or children waking us up in the wee hours of the morning. But, we can take small steps to help us wind down before bed as part of our own bedtime ritual, and in time improve the quality of our sleep too. 

Using simple techniques like a relaxing bedtime routine and healthy daytime habits, you can improve your sleep, so you wake up refreshed each day...

1. Make Your Bedroom a Restful Environment

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2. Complete Your Bedtime Ritual

3. Sleeping Beauty - Reset Your Skin

Sleep is a natural beauty enhancer. A good night’s sleep reduces the stress hormone cortisol (which is responsible for thinning skin) while increasing melatonin (which acts like an antioxidant against fine lines and spots). During slumber, collagen-producing cells regenerate to increase skin’s elasticity and tightness.

4. Lastly, 10 Tips For a Good Night Sleep

Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day

Do regular, balanced exercise during the day like yoga or swimming

Meditate for 10 minutes before bed to settle your mind

At the end of the day, take a hot shower or bath to relax your muscles and let go of stress

Eat light, non-spicy food for dinner

Keep a diary to leave the cares of the day on the page

Give yourself a gentle hand, foot or neck massage to release built up tension

Read well-loved passages from your favourite novels or poetry before sleep to put your mind at ease

Spritz your pillow with a mist of essential oils to induce relaxation

Create a before-bed routine such as a breathing exercises or listening to soothing music. Your body will come to recognise this as the signal for sleep

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