Hectic social lives and busy work calendars during the festive season can often leave us exhausted. Although we know that sleep and rest is the cure, it’s hard to wind down properly when we’re staying out later, and devoting more of our free time to catching up with loved ones. When we have an overstimulated mind it can prove extremely difficult to protect and optimise our wellness.
Since the rules and regulations during the pandemic affected festive mingling last year, this Christmas is set to be bigger than ever if social distancing remains a thing of the past. It is therefore essential that you prepare your body adequately for this end of year tumult by giving it the care and attention it deserves. By promoting our sleep, we establish a healthy foundation from which to attack the day and to ensure maximum productivity from the moment our eyes open.
There are some simple steps to help you relax and unwind in preparation for a good night’s sleep. By implementing these steps into your sleep routine, you should feel the benefits both at night and during the following day.
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To help achieve a deeper, more restful sleep, Puresport Unwind oil, taken 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime, can help. As well as 1500mg of CBD, our Unwind Oil contains other ingredients such as L-Theanine, Chamomile, Lavender and Vitamin B Complex. Combined, these help to facilitate the deepest of sleeps as well as assisting with calming anxious thoughts.
We would recommend pairing our Unwind Oil with some of our other great products that will induce a fantastic night’s sleep. This Christmas we have a few fantastic gift sets that places sleep rightfully as a priority once more. We have carefully curated these hampers of health so that our finest natural ingredients and adaptogens can prepare your body for a blissful sleep. Our Super Sleep Gift Set pairs our Unwind capsules with our 1000mg CBD oil that’s been triple batch tested to ensure its purity and quality. Our CBD oil is BSCG certified and is renowned for its quality, ensuring that it interacts with your endocannabinoid system in a way that may promote a relaxing a de-stressing effect. Our CBD contains no 0% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the psychoactive compound that causes hallucinations and is the banned substance in relation to sports testing.
Switch Off Technology
Find yourself replying to emails in bed? Or, are you scrolling through social media right up until you hit the sack?
It’s time to make a change and ban technology at least 20 minutes before bed. Why? Unfortunately, the blue light emitted from screens can disrupt our sleep-wake cycle (also known as our circadian rhythm) which in turn can stop us from falling asleep. Plus, keeping our brains engaged with work, social media and even Netflix, can get in the way of our brains switching off properly.
You can counter the stress brought about by consistently long hours of screen time by listening to a soothing story, podcast, or even nature sounds which have been said to induce calm and aid sleep. Houseplants can purify the air; the calathea closes its leaves at night and opens in the morning, reflecting our own body rhythms.
Don’t Eat Too Late
By pushing your sleeping time back by often working late, you can also cause yourself to eat later in the day which is not conducive to a good night’s rest. For some, a snack before bed wards off any midnight hunger pangs, but for many, late-night eating triggers digestive problems such as heartburn. The key is to be mindful of what you eat to ensure that you are comfortable before you head to bed – getting horizontal too soon after a meal, especially if that meal has been large, spicy, or fatty, could prevent you from getting to sleep.
Make A To-Do List For The Next Day
If you’re someone who goes to bed stressing about the next day, and the long list of jobs you need to get done, then emptying your brain before bed can help. Not only does it give you a plan for the next day, but it allows you to essentially ‘brain dump’ before bed, so your mind is free to sleep without anything keeping it engaged.
By creating a sense of order before shutting your eyes, you are more likely to manifest that order into your next day. In order to fully reset the mind, theere must be no lingering doubts or symptoms of decision fatigue when resting. It’s imperative that you therefore have a clear plan for the next day in so that you can fully switch off.
Keep A Tidy Room
Clothes strewn all over the floor? Cupboard doors open and products filling up surfaces? If your environment is busy, then you can’t expect your mind to feel at peace. Sleep is a sensory process, and factors such as light, noise, bedding, and temperature can all influence your sleep experience. For many of us, there is much we can do to our external sleep environment to make drifting off easier, and to ensure our sleep is uninterrupted.
Plus, if your room is dusty, then you might find yourself at greater risk of allergies, which will only go towards disrupting sleep. Ensuring a tidy bed can also help. In fact, there’s even a study that found those who made their bed every morning, were 19% more likely to get a good night’s sleep every night. To further improve your chances of a good night’s sleep, you can use calming and sleep-inducing scents to make your room a sensory oasis for sleep. Lavender essential oil, used either in a room diffuser or mixed with water and sprayed on a pillow, is proven to increase slow-wave restorative sleep. Puresport’s Unwind pillow spray contains lavender, vanilla, jojoba, and witch hazel to help fill your room with a soporific scent that will set your mind at ease as soon as your head hits the pillow.