It’s the simple things in life, like getting a good night’s sleep, that are the key to happiness… We got to talking and started to compile a list of our own particular favourite simple pleasures. The things that actually make you stop and smile, or feel like your day just got a whole lot better. First things first: Getting a good night’s sleep.
There was quite a bit of debate about exactly how to achieve this, and there were one or two random suggestions thrown in that did make us snort with laughter. The Electric Blanket approach, for instance. Surely these went out with Luncheon Vouchers, house coats and Teasmades? Mentioning no names, one of our team is a staunch fan of the plug-in bed warmer, and we did snigger at the thought. She runs marathons and is in her 30s. Personally, I’d rather not plug myself in to the National Grid before settling down for a snooze, but I am partial to a hot water bottle on my feet and a window open. Even in the depths of winter. And who knew that bed socks could be the cause of heated argument and such divided opinion? Scratchy and pointless or the last word in cosiness? What we realised was that many of our individual bedtime routines vary wildly, but there were 5 ways to help get a blissful night’s sleep that we all agreed on:
Here are our own top 5 ways to get a good night’s sleep
1 Freshly laundered sheets. Number one with all of us was climbing into a properly made bed with freshly laundered, ideally pure white, linen. Ironed, preferably, for that super-smooth luxurious hotel feel.
Our favourite bedding is made in England using crisp, luxurious 100% pure cotton percale by Tonder & Tonder. The range includes traditional flat sheets, from £25, duvet covers, from £30 and pillow cases, from £10.
2 Relaxing warm bath. Nothing quite like it for washing the day away, slowing everything down and relaxing stressed muscles.
We love this Bon Rose Geranium bath soak, £6, because it looks great, smells divine, is handmade and packed with great ingredients. Dead Sea salt, Epsom and course sea salt are combined to give a bath soak loaded with nutrients and minerals. Magnesium combats stress and water retention, slows skin aging and calms the nervous system. Calcium increases circulation and potassium energizes the body, helps to balance skin moisture and is a crucial mineral to replenish after intense exercise. Bromides ease muscle stiffness and sodium is important for the lymphatic fluid balance. Epsom salts soothes back pain and aching limbs, reduces swelling and removes toxins from the body.
This together with the sweet floral scent of rose geranium will relax, soothe and uplift both the body and mind. All for just £6. BUY NOW >>
3 Scented Candle Add extra benefit to your bath by dimming the lights and letting the day ebb away in soft candle light.
The candle we chose was Mitchell and Peach luxury fragranced candle, £29. This luxurious hand-poured fragranced candle perfectly conjures up the beauty and romance of the English countryside with its elegant scent of rose, sweet violet and English lavender.
Made with natural wax and pure essential oils from the Mitchell family’s lavender farm in Kent, the candle has a burn time of up to 40 hours. Truly special and the fragrance is like heaven in a jar. BUY NOW >>
4 Relaxing massage.
Assuming you have a willing masseur or masseuse on hand, we suggest either a relaxing face and head massage or neck and shoulder rub. This Calm Balm Massage Oil, £4.25 is a great product and comes at a great price. A comforting blend of Chamomile, Valerian, Basil and Mandarin to calm your mind and lull you to sleep. Its also perfect to soothe headaches as a temple balm. BUY NOW >>
5 Soothing Herbal tisane
Bring in the big guns, and sip a warm camomile tea. The very best one we’ve found is packed in London by Flint and Co: Camomile Flowers, £6.50 presented in a stylish tin for optimum freshness, made by the capital’s last remaining tin maker. BUY NOW >>
Research also suggests that it’s a good idea to avoid computers, reading on back-lit screens or bright lights before and around bedtime. The key is to experiment to find the routine that works best for you and to stick to it.
Let us know what you think of our suggestions! Now where’s that adaptor so I can plug in the electric blanket and Teasmade….?