Who doesn’t like a good night’s sleep? There’s lots to love, especially as your body repairs itself and recovers while you slumber. For us beauty fanatics that means better looking skin and a refreshed body and mind.
At SOS we know the importance of sleep. Our latest blog talks you through all you need to know – from the benefits of catching some extra ZZZ’s to the tactics and treatments to help you drift off for the night – its all here to help you get the most out of bedtime…
Why is sleep important?
1) Collagen – your body makes collagen while you snooze, leading to less wrinkles and plumper skin.
2) Circulation – you may be resting, but your heart isn’t. While you sleep it will boost blood flow to the skin, helping to carry oxygen and nutrients to your cells. This also kick starts the detox process by taking away waste such as free radicals.
3) Hormones – sleep helps the body to produce and regulate a number of hormones. Has hormones can place havoc with your emotions, mood and skin, it’s really important your body keeps them in balance.
4) Energy levels – a good night’s sleep will leave you feeling energised and ready to face the world. It’s not just physical energy, it’s really important for your mental energy too. A bad night’s sleep can really affect your brain power, you’ll think slower and have a reduced attention span, which can lead to mistakes and poor decision making.
5) Mood – being tired and grumpy often goes hand in hand. A lack of ZZZ’s can have a serious affect on your mood and wellbeing.
6) Memory – you’ll find it far harder to remember things on a bad night’s sleep.
Did you know most adults need between 6-9 hours a night? The good news is that there are many things you can do to improve sleep. According to the NHS you should:
- Sleep at regular times – keeping regular sleeping hours will programme your brain and internal body clock into a set routine.
- Make sure you wind down – it’s a critical stage in preparing for bed. Tips include:
- Having a warm bath
- Writing “to do” lists for the next day can organise your thoughts
- Relaxation exercises, such as light yoga stretches, help to relax the muscles.
- Relaxation CDs
- Reading a book
- Using a sleep app
- Avoid using smartphones, tablets or other electronic devices for an hour or so before you go to bed.
- Make your bedroom sleep friendly – create a relaxing environment. Certain things weaken the sleeping environment, such as TVs and other electronic gadgets, light, noise, and a bad mattress or bed.
- Keep a sleep diary – it may uncover lifestyle habits or daily activities that contribute to your sleeplessness.
What treatments can help with sleep?
At SOS we have a range of treatments designed to help aid a restful night’s sleep including:
Swedish massage – great for reducing emotional and physical stress.
Indian Head massage – effective in relieving stress and quieting the mind.
Reflexology – acts as a wonderful stress reliever, promoting a deep feeling of calm and relaxation.
Aromatherapy massage – brings the body and mind back into balance, paving the way to a restful night’s sleep.
Aroma Hot Stone massage – hot stones increase your sense of relaxation and calm.
Holistic massage therapy – can improve sleep pattern while also reducing stress, fatigue and anxiety.
Check out our full range of massages.
If you would like to book a treatment or have a chat about the right massage for your needs, please contact us:
Phone: 0207 371 5118
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