ESPA Guide to Beauty Sleep

With working mothers, career-obsessed men, commuting and the age of social media, sleep is increasingly becoming less of a priority for us. The term “beauty sleep” exists for a reason, because a full and restful night’s sleep transfers into a youthful, radiant appearance. Sleep is a crucial part of our daily routines, and affects us in more ways than we would imagine.

Look at your sleep habits. Do you go to bed at the same time every evening? What do you do before bed? If it takes you less than 5 minutes to fall asleep, this probably means that you are sleep-deprived as falling asleep usually takes between 10 and 15 minutes. Also, being awake for over 16 hours in one go decreases your performance, to almost as if your blood alcohol level was over the legal limit.

Improve your sleeping habits with ESPA and begin your journey to energised mornings.

Before you fall asleep

Make sure that your mind and body are in the right state to fall asleep. Avoid caffeine and heavy meals for 2 or 3 hours before bed.

Also avoid technology an hour or two before bed. Our devices emit blue light which over time, can promote stressors in skin that cause photo-ageing. Put simply, too much technology causes signs of ageing. Our phones and screens are very close to our faces, and time spent in these positions quickly adds up. Statistics show that millennials check their phones over 150 times a day, and adults check over 30, which adds up too many hours of exposure.

Create a relaxing environment that you can drift off in, your personal sleep sanctuary. Set up an ESPA diffuser to provide soothing aromas as you prepare for bed.

Make sure you wash your body and face so you feel clean and rested. Try the Bergamot and Jasmine Body Wash for delicately fragranced, beautifully soft skin, or Soothing Bath Oil and allow yourself to soak in a warm bath.

Remove traces of the day and dull cells with Optimal Skin ProCleanser. Tone with your choice of SpaFresh spritzer then follow with your choice of Serum, Moisturiser and Eye Cream, based on your skin concerns.

Once you are refreshed, clean and ready for bed, make sure you are comfortable and that your pillow arrangement won’t cause discomfort. For an added luxury, treat yourself to some fresh sheets such as the in homeware Broken Chevron Duvet set.

Massage ESPA Overnight Hydration Therapy into face, neck and décolleté and retire to bed. This overnight mask is infused with encapsulated lavender which is slowly released as you sleep. Drift off sooner and awaken with beautifully soft, radiant skin.

As you try and fall asleep, focus on your breathing and calm thoughts. If anything is worrying you, write it down on a notebook so it isn’t on your mind. Appreciate the softness of your duvet and comforting surroundings, and allow yourself to drift off.

Benefits of sleep

Once you are in a state of deep sleep, your skin cells repair. This is called mitosis and takes place roughly between 11pm and 4am. By shortening the amount of time you spend asleep, you are reducing the body’s natural ability to do this, which leads to loss of moisture, lower levels of collagen and signs of premature ageing. This is why fine lines under the eyes are linked to tiredness.

Sleep can reduce your stress levels and positively affect your wellness and mindset. A lack of sleep promotes higher levels of cortisol, which can be prevented by getting the best sleep possible.

What else can you do?

Sleep deprivation increases your appetite and cravings for sugar and unhealthy foods, which will then leave you feeling demotivated and exhausted. Combat these feelings and fuel your body with nutritious goodness that it needs to function, which helps to maintain your weight.

Make sure you get a restful night’s sleep as today is World Sleep Day, a day to raise awareness of the importance of sleep.

Thank you for reading.

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