How to sleep better
We all know that sleep is precious - it's the time our bodies rest, repair and recharge and therefore vitally important to our health. However getting enough shuteye isn't always easy, with one in three of us suffering from mild insomnia at some stage in our lives.
To help yourself get enough quality rest each night, experts recommend establishing a daily 'bedtime routine' to help you relax and get your body primed for sleep.
Eating at least 2-3 hours before you aim to retire is essential, as a heavy meal too late at night slows down the digestive process and often leads to disturbed sleep.
It also important to have some digital-free downtime. Artificial blue light given off by your screens interferes with the production of the hormone melatonin (the sleep hormone) and upsets the body's natural circadian rhythm, increasing alertness at bedtime and disrupting sleep patterns.
So make sure you switch off all your digital devices at least one hour before bedtime to help your body prepare for sleep.
The Westlab Himalayan salt lamp makes the perfect nightlight for your bedroom. It emits a natural warm red glow which doesn't interfere with the body's circadian rhythm and helps signal to the body that it's time to wind down, encouraging a deeper and more restful night's sleep.
Taking a warm, mineral-rich magnesium bath last thing at night can also work wonders. Not only can it help soothe tired, restless muscles but it also relaxes your mind and helps you unwind at the end of a busy day.
According to the World Health Organisation, 75% of us are thought to be deficient in magnesium, which enhances around 300 enzyme-related processes in the body, including inducing sleep. It is also a natural muscle relaxant which is key in allowing the body to initiate the relaxation response necessary for sleep.
Bathing in magnesium flakes is the perfect way to up your levels of this essential mineral which can be effectively absorbed through the skin. Simply add 250g-1kg (1-4 cups) of Westlab's Relaxing Magnesium Flakes to your warm bath and then blissfully soak for 20 minutes.
According to sleep experts, dropping the body's core temperature by first raising it in a warm bath sends blood away from the brain and skin surfaces leaving you feeling drowsy. As you step out of the warm water, your body cools quickly reinforcing the desire for sleep.