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Welcome beautiful people! I am Laura, a beauty lover and chocolate addict. I love to share my thoughts on the best (and of course the worst) of all things beauty related.

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Getting A Good Night's Sleep

After a period of insomnia at the end of 2017, I feel like I have finally nailed my pre-bedtime routine. I have seen a lot of people asking what others do to help them get a good nights sleep and I decided that I would share my routine with you all.
Every night before bed I try to do most of this. While there are nights where I am a little more rushed and I don't have the time to complete each step or have the longest time to do them, I still try to go through the process as I find it really helps to clear and calm my mind to help me get a good nights sleep.

The first thing I do is set up the bedroom. I like to try and make it cosy and welcoming so that there aren't harsh lights or anything that wake me up. I get my bed ready so I can just climb on in. I turn on my bedside light and light a candle creating a lovely warm glow in the room. I am currently loving The Honest Company Lavender and Vanilla Candle*, it has a subtle scent (which I want at night) and the lavender isn't super over powering (which I also hate). I have just found it is a lovely calm and fresh scent that is perfect for the bedroom. Before going to actually get ready for bed I spray my sheets and pillow with a room or pillow spray as well (I'll spray a little more when I come back, but spraying a little bit before I go and get ready helps to create an aromatic and calming space). My current mist of choice is the Jurlique Aromatherapy Mist, Calming Blend which is a mix of lavender and grapefruit. It has to be my favourite pillow/room mist ever! Unlike a lot of mists that are so lavender heavy, this one has a slightly sweet undertone which for some reason I just find immediately calming (you'll quickly learn that while I like lavender, I like it in small, controlled doses). Some nights (depending on my stress levels) I will also set up some calming music or sounds in the room as well. My app of choice is Sleep Orbit which has a variety of different sounds on it including rain, storms, birds and music. What I really like about it is that I can mix together different sounds (my current choices include some bird song, waves, rain and xylophone) and you can adjust which sounds are louder and which are softer. It's my favourite sleep music app that I have found so far. In setting this up I usually put my phone on charge before going out to do my face and get ready. Some days I still have a few things to catch up on before bed and will do this while cleaning my teeth, but as much as possible I try to put my phone down here and leave it. By having that time of no phone and no technology it helps my brain to start to switch off. Trying to have at least 30 minutes before bed of no phone is extremely important for me actually getting a good nights sleep. The nights where I use my phone up until trying to sleep I always find that I don't sleep as well.

Sleep Orbit App:

Once the room is set I go off and get ready for bed. I get changed into my pyjamas before doing my face and skin so I can jump straight back into bed when I'm ready. I then go and cleanse my skin (which takes a couple of steps). If I am wearing make up already I first  use some Dermalogica Precleanse* which is an oil cleanser that removes make up really easily. I find that it is the best way to remove my heavy make up. I then use the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm to cleanse my skin. This is probably my favourite step - massaging the cleanser gently into my skin, forgetting about the day and just washing away my worries. No matter how tired I am, I still take my time with this step. Then of course the most important step - cleaning my teeth. For those who are wondering I use a Philip Sonicare Diamond Clean Toothbrush (in pale pink of course) and whatever tooth paste I can find in the drawer. This all takes place in the bathroom.

Then I move to my beauty room/study for 10 minutes by myself. Having a bit of quiet time is another important factor for me. Sometimes Dave and I will talk a bit before sleeping, other times we won't, but having some time to myself before bed also helps to calm me. In here I go through my skincare. I cleanse again (yes, I do a lot of cleansing, I want my skin to be squeaky clean because having any make up left behind on my skin can cause more spots). For this cleanse I just use some micellar water, my current weapon of choice is Cinch Face It*. I then use my toner, Sunday Riley Martian, which as you might remember from this post, is a current obsession of mine. Next is my serum, which at night time is a retinol. I have been loving the Obagi 360 Retinol 0.5*, which you can also read more about here. Some eye cream to follow while the serum sinks into my skin, for summer I love the Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Eye Gel Cream* which was also in this post (yes, my skincare hasn't changed much recently). Then some moisturiser, my moisturiser of choice at night has been the Sisley Paris Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream* which is a light weight gel formula that is really hydrating, but perfect for this hot summer nights. You can read the full review on it here. And finally some lip balm to finish. I have actually just run out of the Dermalogica Age Smart Renewal Lip Complex* (which I was obsessed with), so I am now using some Mecca Lip De-Luscious, which is another favourite of mine. I also apply some moisturiser to my legs, which are typically dry as the desert by this point. I love the Kiehls Creme De Corp* at night because it's thick and I find it really penetrates into the skin, so when I wake up I still have hydrated skin. 

Once I've taken the time to go through my skin care routine I head back into the bedroom. Right before hoping into bed I apply some foot cream, which I am trying to make a regular thing. I have the Natura Siberica Oblepikha Foot Cream* stashed away in my bedside able to apply each night. I take my Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Roller Ball* and roll that over my pressure points (temple, neck and wrists). The very last thing I do before getting into bed is apply a hand cream.  This is my very last step because the hand cream I choose to apply can be quite greasy and I don't want to get that all over my phone, or on other things (except for my book, which is the VERY LAST step). I just want it to settle and sink into my hands. This hand cream is the L'Occitane Intensive Hand Cream the thickest and most hydrating hand cream I have ever owned, the perfect hand cream for night time when I want to rehydrate my hands over night.

Once I've done all that, I jump into bed and grab a book and I typically read for 30 minutes (often longer if my book is good) before switching the light off and sleeping. To see what I am currently reading you can check out my Goodreads account where I keep an up to date record of what book I'm reading and where I'm up to. I find reading is the perfect way to get me to sleep. Even if my book is the most exciting thing ever, reading for 30 minutes or even less, switches my mind off and I can get to sleep much easier.

Yes, I will admit that my bed time routine seems pretty long, but I think of it as my daily, mini pamper session which is 10-15 minutes to myself. If I take the time to focus on each step it really does work to calm me down and switch off my brain. Also, I'm a nanna so I am usually in bed AND ASLEEP by 10.30pm at the latest, so doing this at like 9pm isn't so bad. On nights where I can't sleep I will do 10 minutes of either guided meditation or deep breathing exercises after reading which knocks me out pretty quick.

What does your night time routine consist of? I love hearing the different things people do to help calm and relax themselves before bed! Let me know in the comments below xx

*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for me to trial and review, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. The Life of Laura is not by a professional or expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.


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