Self-care = getting enough sleep

Self-care is having a moment. I’m sure you’ll see something about it in your Facebook or Instagram feed at least once a day. One thing beauty blogger, Chereen from For the Beauty of It, has discovered is self-care = getting enough sleep.

Self-care might be the latest buzzword but it comes with it an important message… in a world where we’re constantly asked to do more, be more, buy more we’re happy to welcome a buzzword or a trend that’s all about slowing down, being mindful and looking within. In her recent blog post about bedtime rituals, Chereen says she realised a long time ago that sleep was essential if she was going to manage being mom to a young child and running her own business from home. But there’s one thing getting into bed by 10pm every night, it’s quite another thing if you lie there awake, waiting for sleep to come!

If you can relate to Chereen and her bedtime struggles, be sure to read her blog post which outlines her routine during the early evening and just before bed. You might get a few handy tips there.

Is your mattress more than 8 years old?

Of course, no bedtime routine can outsmart an uncomfortable mattress. If your mattress is more than eight years old, or if you’re waking up tired with aches and pains, it’s time to consider investing in your sleep with a new Sealy mattress. Nothing says you’re committed to self-care more than replacing your old mattress with a new, comfortable bed developed in cooperation with orthopaedic surgeons.

Sealy mattresses take style and comfort to the next level with a grey and black colour palette, premium design elements and state-of-the art engineering. All Sealy mattresses are made with Sealy Posturepedic Technology, which is proven to deliver support and comfort, providing back and body alignment to ensure a comfortable, healthy night’s sleep.

Lungi’s bedtime routine and a chance to win!

If you’re like a lot of people, you know the importance of sleep and how it affects your well-being. Sealy South Africa recently collaborated with beauty blogger, Lungi, who tells us all about her bedtime routine in her latest blog post. Click here to read Lungi’s blog post, and for the chance to win a Sealy mattress protector and two Sealy pillow protectors.

Your bedtime routine and your skin

Did you know that sticking to a good beauty bedtime routine is vital to maximising your skincare efforts? Our skin is hard at work regenerating cells at night when we sleep. You could take advantage of that fact by practising the right beauty bedtime routine so you’ll wake up to healthier and beautiful skin.

We’re all familiar with the story of Sleeping Beauty. The fact that sleep and beauty are intertwined is not just a fantasy. Studies show that sleep benefits our appearance in more ways than one. When we sleep, our body focuses on repairing and renewing our skin, thus providing that nourishment it needs that we can’t get during the daytime.

Below are two key beauty benefits of a good night’s sleep:

  • Reduce wrinkles

Collagen prevents sagging and keeping your skin beautiful and smooth. Your night’s rest is essential because that’s when your skin produces more of this all-important protein.

  • Look and feel fresh

Proper sleep doesn’t just make you feel fresh and ready to take on the world the next morning, it will make you look better, too! No more puffy eyes from your lack of zzz’s and your skin will take on a noticeable, healthy glow as well. You’ll be ready to take on the world while looking good doing it.

How to get into a proper bedtime beauty routine

  • Make sure your sleeping arrangement are comfortable

There’s nothing like curling up in a nice warm bed after a long day. Therefore, it’s important to choose the right mattress that’s suitable for your comfort and personal preferences. A good mattress will offer all the support your body needs. It keeps your spine in the right alignment regardless of how you sleep.

Don’t forget a quality bed linen as well. You don’t want to toss and turn all night because your bed linen is causing you allergy issues and discomfort. Choosing the right fabric is also important to stay cool or warm so you can sleep soundly throughout the night. Sealy’s range of sheeting is made from 100% cotton percale, with a minimum 200 thread count.

Protect your mattress and pillow with a Sealy mattress protector and a Sealy pillow protector. Our mattress protectors and pillow protectors are fully elasticized and easy to fit – making this a convenient and inexpensive way to protect and prolong the life of your Sealy mattress and Sealy pillow.

  • Go to sleep at the same time every night

As with everything in life, you have a better chance of doing something if you stick to a routine. Keeping the same bed time every night helps you to doze off more quickly.

  • Apply your skin products before you go to bed

When we go to sleep, your skin tends to absorb the products you apply more smoothly. That’s why beauty products are more effective when used before going to bed, and you can see the results more clearly.

Use a product that is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants to lock moisture in your skin and prevent wrinkles and fine lines. This will help improve skin elasticity and protect it from damaging skin conditions. 

Sleeping adequately and getting seven to nine hours of sleep every day will have a noticeable difference in the way you look. People will start to see that you look better and more vibrant in as little as two weeks. Make sure you keep that bedtime beauty routine, your body will thank you for it!

Why less is more

Technology has taken us to some pretty darn crazy places… From finding water on Mars to Kim K’s cleavage, today’s technology is taking people anywhere they want to go. However, whilst technology may be incredibly good at getting you what you want and where you want to be, it is probably also getting in the way of a good night’s sleep.

Many people apply the wisdom of ‘no TV in the bedroom’, but fewer have managed to keep laptops and phones from joining them under the covers.

Switching off technology is the first step to switching off to fall asleep.

Screen time before bed upsets the brain’s sleep-wake cycle. As you look into a bright light your brain delays the release of melatonin as it is ‘tricked’ into thinking that it is still daytime. Screen time can also upset your ability to switch off your stress response. Often a simple swipe to see some pretty Instagram posts can turn into a sweat session as you suddenly become aware of pressing work emails or your crush’s latest escapades (that didn’t include you!).

Take back the night and get the sleep you need:
1. Turn off all devices 30 minutes before you start your bedtime routine.
2. Use ‘nanny’ apps to help you stay away from stressful places- like your mailbox or Internet banking during certain hours ie. after 8pm.
3. Find a healthier alternative – light some candles, grab a book, do a crossword, take a warm bath, focus on the things you are grateful for…

and enjoy the life-boosting benefits of a great night’s sleep.

Read more about tech and sleep:

See how this smart alarm clock will teach you how to sleep better

Do you understand that sleep graph in your sleep app?

How a warm bath brings on sleep

A warm bath before bedtime is part of most childhood bedtime routines and can bring about better sleep. What is it about a dip in warm water that gets kids (and adults) to fall asleep easier?

Warm water causes relaxation of body and mind
Warm water helps your body relax- it loosens stiff muscles, soothes aches and pains and even slows your heart rate as the warm water causes all your veins and arteries to softens and widen. Lying down in the bath lowers your blood pressure as gravity is eliminated. This means slower, deeper breaths that take oxygen-rich blood to your heart and brain.

Warm water causes a state of rest and digest
In the bath, your body and mind are in a state of rest and digest. This is the same state that your body is in during deep sleep. Lather yourself with bath salts and essential oil and turn your bath time into a truly calming ritual.

Moving from a warm bath into a warm bed is a far easier transition to make than crashing into bed after being in a stressful, stimulating environment.

Save water when you bath

Showering uses far less water than a bath, but if you can’t give up your bathtime, there are still ways to save water – which is so important given South Africa’s current water crisis. Here are some tips:

  • Only fill your bath a quarter of the way
  • Let other people in your family bath in the same bath water
  • Recycle the water. Instead of sending the precious water down the drain, scoop up the water with a bucket and use it to water your thirsty plants. If you’re really serious about recycling your bath water, Builder’s Warehouse has a step-by-step guide on how to harvest grey water for your garden.

Here’s to many warm baths and even better nights.

Xxx