The Art of Sleeping
Sleep plays an essential role in your health and well-being. It's like a reset button that activates every night to heal your body. As you drift off to sleep, your body begins to recover from your daily activities and recharges your cardiovascular system for the next day.
Very often, stress and anxiety can upset the balance of sleep. In a fast-moving city, we often get caught up in stressful moments from school and work. As a teen, I remembered having anxiety attacks trying to force myself to sleep, the night before national exams. With stress-filled jobs, I faced these similar circumstances till adulthood. During important periods such as Fashion Weeks, investor-pitches and stressful situations, I’ve always dreaded going to bed. In the stillness of the night, I just couldn’t turn my mind off and my negative thoughts would start amplifying. Due to my sleeping problems, it also explains all the coffee that I have to drink during the day.
While it may seem nearly impossible to sleep soundly, it isn't unattainable either. All we’ve got to do is to begin a pre-bed ritual and stick to a routine that works for you.
Swipe of the makeup, and start the night off with your little indulgence. I find that have an extremely warm bath/shower helps relax my sore and tense shoulders. Next, I’ll throw in a handful of bath salts from Herbivore Botanicals and immerse in a therapeutic ambience. Alternatively, if you’re taking a shower, you can substitute it with shower gels. Taking a long hot bath helps to lower your blood sugar, improves blood circulation, detoxes skin and moisturizes the body.
This goes hand in hand with the right settings for sleep. Ditch the night lamp and light on some scented candles instead. My favourites include the Lavender & Lovage candles from Jo Malone and the Oolong candle from Commodity. Also, get yourself some extra fluffy cushions, a cosy blanket and turn on some relaxing music from your Spotify playlist. For the business travellers that need a little wind down before sleeping (especially in hotel rooms), I recommend meditation apps like ‘Headspace’ to quieten the mind. I’ve tried almost all apps and found that this was most useful!
Now, snuggle up. You have mastered the art of sleeping well.