Nurture Your Body with Plenty of Healing Sleep

sleepingSleep… it seems that we’d all love a little more. Why is it that so many of us regard sleep as a luxury, when it really is a necessity? Sleep is essential to help keep you physically and mentally healthy and beautiful.

Prior to the use of electricity, people would go to bed shortly after sundown, as most animals do, and which nature intended for humans as well. What time are you going to bed these days?

When you sleep you’re getting more than just rest; it’s the time when your body is focusing on healing and repairing itself. The adrenal glands do a majority of their recharging and recovering while you’re sleeping, as does the regeneration of skin, muscle, blood, and brain cells. If you deprive your body of this necessary regeneration, your skin will begin to age and dark circles will appear under your eyes. Yikes!

So, if a better night’s sleep is something that you would like a little help achieving, then how about creating a bedtime ritual? This could include meditation, deep breathing, using essential oils or indulging in a massage from your partner. The key is to find something that makes you feel relaxed, then repeat it each night to help you release the day’s stress.

My favourite ritual to do prior to bedtime if I’ve had a stressful day is:

1. Burn sleep-inducing essential oils* such as lavender, Roman chamomile and sandalwood in an oil burner in the bedroom a couple of hours before going to bed.
2. Create a tranquil environment in the bathroom by running a warm bath, lighting a couple of candles* (natural soy wax-based and free from artificial fragrances, of course) and slipping in to the warm water scented with sleep-inducing essential oils* such as lavender, Roman chamomile and sandalwood.
3. After relaxing in the bath for 15 minutes, lightly towel dry myself and apply body oil* scented with sleep-inducing essential oils such as lavender, Roman chamomile and sandalwood.
4. Blow out the candle of the oil burner and curl up in bed with a fresh pot of herbal tea*, with sleep inducing herbs such as chamomile, passionflower and valerian.
5. Sip on the cup of tea while writing in my journal, clearing all last-minute thoughts that pop up in my head.
6. Wake up the next morning with a bright complexion and feeling energised to take on the newe day.

Not only will a good night’s sleep help to heal and repair the body, it will also help to improve concentration and boost the immune system.

What are your bedtime rituals that help to promotoe a good night’s sleep?

* Note: The Be Genki Tranquility range of products contain a blend of 100% pure essential oils: Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Sweet Orange and Sandalwood, renowned for their sleep inducing properties. They are designed to be used in the evening when you’re unwinding from the day and preparing yourself for bedtime. Be Genki Tranquility products include: Bath and Shower Oil, Body Oil, Body Cream, Hand Cream, Face Mist, Herbal Tea, 100% Pure Oil Blend, Soy Wax Candle scented with essential oils only.

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