April 18, 2016
Did you sleep well last night? How often do you hear that question? And do your answers vary? If you generally answer negatively to that inquiry, you need to search for some solutions. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) recently published a report highlighting the importance of sleep and the detrimental effect sleep deprivation can have on general health, mood and productivity. You can read the full report here.
On average, most of us lose one hour of sleep per night, which is a whole night of sleep across one week. RSPH is encouraging us to calculate our "slumber number" which for adults is 7-9 hours per night, depending on the individual. It seems that improved sleep won't just make us friendlier human beings, it will also improve our immune systems, help prevent mental illness and make our working lives more successful.
With two little ones under the age of three, Nat understands first hand the effects of little sleep. Believing that nature often has some of the best ideas when it comes to solving problems, Nat developed a range of products based on sleep-inducing lavender. The Nathalie Bond Organics Lavender range includes bath salts, skin balm, body oil, soap and a candle.
So, how can lavender help you get a good night of sleep? Lavender is often a popular scent in aromatherapy, thanks to its inclination to soothe and calm when inhaled. Certain scientific studies have also identified lavender’s ability to slow the activity of the nervous system, promoting relaxation and therefore improving sleep quality.
RSPH refers to something called "sleep hygiene", which is basically ensuring you develop a healthy pattern of habits that will help you sleep well. For example, drinking a cup of coffee before bed probably isn't going help you feel rested, but exercising for at least 150 minutes in the week will.
We have our very own Nathalie Bond Organics sleep hygiene routine. Ahead of bedtime, a soak in our Lavender + Chamomile Bath Salts with a Lavender Candle burning on the side, draws out the stresses of the day and prepares for a night of restful sleep. Steam opens up pores, so lavender’s restful remedy quite literally gets under the skin. Afterwards the application of the Lavender + Chamomile Skin Balm to the body and face takes the soothing scent to bed and does a great job of moisturising and rejuvenating skin.
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