As wonderful as Christmas can be, it can also be a very busy and at times a stressful time of the year. Make sure you’re sleeping well to make the most of all the festivities with our five top tips for a restful night's slumber…

1 – Make sure you wind down 
Create a peaceful routine to help your mind and body wind down for bed. Taking a warm (not hot) bath or shower can aid this process by naturally encouraging your body to reduce its temperature. Follow with a pampering skin routine, applying a kind to sensitive skin cream such as our lavender and geranium lotion which is as luxurious as it is calming with its beautiful fragrance. Many experts also recommend reading before bed as a welcomed break away from the television, especially as technology emits an unnatural disruptive blue light. Also, spritzing a relaxing pillow spray, like our camomile slumber spray before you get into bed can also encourage relaxation.

2 – Ensure your bedroom is sleep friendly 
Design a sleeping environment that encourages some much needed shut-eye by excluding disruptive external factors such as light or noise. Black-out blinds or curtains, ear plugs and an eye-mask can simply ease this process, along with introducing a calming subtle scent such as lavender to benefit your sleep cycle. Our brand-new room diffuser is fragranced with essential oils of lavender and geranium, believed to promote relaxation and harmony.

3 – Optimise the best temperature 
When it’s too warm or too cold you can struggle to sleep as your bedroom should be around 20°C in temperature, and you should feel cosy and comfortable. The importance of being the right temperature has been proven by sleep studies which have shown that it can affect sleep quality more than external noise. If you’re susceptible to cold feet at night, try a pair of our superb soft and warming cashmere bed socks. The right bedwear can also help, opt for something breathable and comfortable like our Austrian cotton interlock jersey nightwear.

4 – Try to avoid caffeine at least 6 hours before bed
Whether coffee or tea, caffeine stimulates your nervous system and may stop your body from naturally relaxing at night. If you do crave a hot drink, opt for a decaffeinated coffee or tea. Maybe even try something natural like camomile or fruit teas which can sometimes aid better sleep quality.

 5 – Eat well throughout the day, but especially at dinner time
Having a large stodgy meal can impede sleep and certain foods can keep you awake too, if consumed late in the day. Spicy, high in sugar and acidic foods are difficult to digest and may cause uncomfortable indigestion. However, eating rice, oats and dairy products can actually produce chemicals that increase our desire to sleep.
Do you have any tips or advice on how to get a good night's sleep? Let us know in the comments below…
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