How to get a great nights sleep and be gorgeous by morning
How to get a great night's sleep (and be gorgeous by morning)

Even though the morning doesn't last very long, it does set the tone for the rest of your
day. If you're grumpy in the morning, chances are you will be the rest of the day too. Here's
how to get a good night's zzz's so in the morning you look and feel great… Seriously!

PM: How to get your best night's sleep

Create a sleep sanctuary: Paint your bedroom a calming colour, like pale pink and keep blinds closed to keep out early-morning light.

Think before you drink: Avoid caffeine within six hours of bedtime, as it can delay sleep onset and disturb deep sleep. The same goes for alcohol. While it may help you to sleep faster, alcohol causes sleep fragmentation.

Quit smoking: Nicotine is an even stronger brain stimulant than caffeine. This combined with nicotine withdrawal symptoms, which can start two or three hours after the last puff, can lead to difficulty falling and staying asleep.

Don't load up on proteins or fatty foods before bed: They take extra digestion effort which will keep you awake.

Exercise regularly - but not within four hours of bedtime. Not enough exercising can lead to sleeping difficulties.

Wear socks to bed: If you have poor circulation this helps regulate your core temperature so you'll easily fall to sleep.

Wind down: Spend some time before bed actively thinking about your day and working on your to-do list for tomorrow - that way your mind isn't racing when you hit the pillow.

Enlist the help of aroma-power: Mix a blend of lavender, frankincense and patchouli oils and add to a warm bath before bed to help you sleep. You can also add Epsom salts to give your muscles a relaxing treat. Or add a couple of drops of relaxing Lavender essential oil when washing your towels and linen. Warm your towels before you bath to release a hint of lavender to relax you before bed.

Stick to a regular sleep schedule: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.

AM: Wake up your body

See the morning light: Exposing yourself to bright daylight is one of the best and most effective things you can do to wake yourself up. By opening the blinds or getting outside for an early morning walk, you will cue your brain to repress the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep.

Blend together a few drops of bergamot, grapefruit and lime essential oils, then add to a loofah or face washer and give your body a gentle scrub in the shower to wake up your senses.

Before you head out the door, dab on a few drops of rosemary, lemon and basil essential oils to your wrist and forehead to reduce fatigue and increase concentration.

This article was originally written by BellaMumma for Kidspot.com.au and has been edited for Kidspot.co.nz

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