Tips for sleeping in the heat

A British summer wouldn’t be a British summer if we didn’t sit and complain about how it’s ‘too hot’, or that actually you can’t possibly sleep in such conditions. We’ve all been there, tossing and turning in bed trying the one leg in- one leg out- dance, flipping the pillow over to the cold side or opening your windows as wide as the hinges will take.

It can be hard to even just relax as our muscles tense up from being frustrated in the heat. Unfortunately, however summer temperatures can be difficult to avoid so we have prepared some tips:

Sheets in the heat

Choose cotton instead of satin, silk or polyester for winter nights, with light-coloured bedding being made of lightweight cotton whilst being breathable.

Stay cool as a cucumber

Use your trusty hot water bottle to cool you down by adding cold water and placing in the freezer, this cool pack should last until you drift off to sleep.

Change bedrooms

If you live in a high story building, try switching to the ground floor or even outside to have a better-quality night’s sleep. Heat rises and sleeping closer to the ground will reduce being a subject to that rising energy.

The Egyptian method

Sleeping like an Egyptian involves dampening your blanket or sheets in water so they are cool on the body, although it will leave your skin damp it will also get you to sleep almost immediately. It should be advised to use a towel underneath any sheets to stop the mattress from becoming damaged.

Choose lightweight

It may seem obvious but that summertime pyjamas should remain loose, lightweight and cotton. Having thick pyjamas on will only irritate you and make you warmer.

Cool down your core body temperature

Taking a cold or warm shower before bed is an ideal method to cool down the core body temperature. It also helps to wash off sweat and dirt meaning you won’t feel clammy or hot before bed, but clean and cool.

Go old-school

Using a pan of cold water, or a bowl of ice below a fan will provide a cooler breeze as opposed to circulating warm air. It may seem silly but it will allow you enough time to drift off into a calm oasis of cool.

Switch off

Try to avoid using electrical appliance’s including lights and mobile phones before bed, they all create heat and energy within the room. It will also let your body shut off as opposed to artificial light awakening your brain.

Re-hydrate before you dehydrate

Make sure you drink a glass of water before you attempt a good night’s sleep. It’s important to stay hydrated before your body goes into re-set mode whilst sweating the night away. It’s also have a glass of water when you wake up in the morning to prepare yourself for the summers day.

Dunk your toes

Your feet are a sensitive area of the body, meaning they are the most important place to cool down. Dangling your feet into some cold water will cool down the whole body temperature.

Is your skin affecting your mental wellbeing?

Do not feel disempowered as skin professionals tell you ‘it’s just your skin’. Your skin lines your identity as you express yourself with makeup, hair and even the way you smile. Your skin is exactly that, it’s yours, it’s not for anybody else to comment nor judge.

It can also be a misguided study process for medical professionals and some may assume poor mental health causes bad skin, when actually who knows what came first? 

It has been recorded that 81% of us have experienced a skin condition, with 26% saying it changes their mood or makes them feel depressed (E45). Skin problems can range from a variety of acne’s, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis or even dull and tired skin. After all, skin is one of the bodies biggest organ.

Due to conflicting beauty products, misinformed news articles and a variety of opinionated doctors a concoction of skin problems can occur. It can be difficult to follow contradictive advice when searching for an answer to a problem that makes you feel self-conscious every day. However, it has only come up recently that mental health has a link with low-self esteem regarding appearance. But why is it that we are only just starting to connect up the dots?

Surely having a fundamental issue with appearance, especially with something as visual as the face, would begin to determinate mental health. Socially it can cause self-doubt, worry about confidence and resistance to social opportunities. Getting your skin care and lifestyle right for you is the best first step towards promoting self-love.

‘Acne affects about 80% of the population at some time in their lives’, dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto. It’s even common for adults to develop acne… which can be a result of diet, allergens of ingredients, air pollution or even lack of sleep and dehydration. All skins behave differently and it can be easy to fall into a bad habit with an unfriendly routine.

Are you missing a vital step in your skincare routine?

Whether it’s an acne breakout, tired looking skin or dark circles from those busy days and late nights, we turn to skincare products as a magic fix to all our problems.

Sure, splurging on a all-talking, all-dancing regime can make a big difference in achieving a more youthful, healthy appearance. However, there is a new trend in skincare which argues that beauty isn’t only skin deep. The key to looking radiant comes from the inside out.

Whilst you can get most of the essential skin-loving vitamins and minerals from your diet, this takes consideration, planning and time (which some of us lack).  Adding a skin supplement to your beauty routine is an easy way to give your complexion a much-needed, all day long, natural boost internally – without the need to layer a thick application of beauty products. 

Proto-col’s Skin Radiance is a revolutionary antioxidant-rich formula. collaborating with Skinax²™, addressing a range of skin problems including uneven skin tone, dark circles, redness, and spots.

Targeting oxide-stress which is one of the key triggers for premature ageing and skin discolorations. This skin superfood provides the nutrients to deliver more luminous and firmer skin after only eight weeks.  It improves circulation to oxygenate and hydrate the skin, whilst helping to fight free radicals.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the skin, found in the dermis, it is responsible for keeping skin firm, supple and smooth.  Research shows that ingesting collagen can improve the overall look and feel of skin,

Proto-col’s Collagen Capsules contain VERISOL® a unique formulation clinically proven to increase skin elasticity and visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Supplementing with this essential protein helps to promote glowing, vibrant skin, aiding the skin to appear more youthful and healthy.

A variety of collagen supplements in either capsule form, collagen shots or cordials are available from Proto-col to ensure you are getting your daily dose.

Green Magic is a fusion of 16 of the most powerful natural superfoods. It is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin C and potassium. This is an award-winning all-in-one product that not only promotes youthful skin but is clinically proven to improve cardiovascular health. The body is provided with the nutrients it needs for an energised boost, the immune system becomes naturally strengthened at the same time as the improvement of digestive health.

Me-Time

We all know that taking me-time can make us happier and is an effective way of managing our stress levels, but how many of us actually make a habit of scheduling regular time out for self-care?

-Recent stats report 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.-

With our days becoming busier and busier and our to-do lists never ending, it’s becoming even more crucial to push the pause button regularly. So, this is the first monthly post which we will challenge you to find your monthly motivation:

To make regular, undisturbed me-time a priority:

There’s only one rule; it must be something that you genuinely enjoy, gives you value and is unapologetically just for you! (That means no gruelling gym sessions unless you are doing it because you want to and not because you should).

So make a commitment to yourself, and take these 3 steps to get in the self-love swing:

Step One: Schedule it in

Whether it’s your phone calendar, a daily planner or a scribble on a post-it note… book it in. Find a chunk of time in your day or week that you can block out. Pre-warn your partner or family, get them onboard and then stick to your guns. Don’t worry if you don’t have heaps of free time a UK study found quality time is more important than quantity

TIP: Scheduling is also a great way to get more value and purpose from your day. Getting a bigger picture to look at how you are spending your day helps you to identify tasks that; add value, the time-wasters, the necessities and the pockets of free time that you could be spending more productively.

Step Two: Pick an activity that will bring you joy, relax you, or leave you feeling recharged.

Check in with yourself and ask yourself “How would I like to feel afterwards?”

If you want to feel accomplished try starting a new hobby or class such as crafting, playing an instrument or learning a new language. Or, maybe you need help relaxing in which case booking in a facial, yoga class or just spending 20 minutes meditating might be a better fit for you.

Step Three: Be present!

When it comes to taking me-time be sure to remove the digital noise and distractions, make sure you are not responsible for anyone or anything, and refrain from posting about it on social media. . . .At least till afterwards. Give it your full attention!

Finally and most importantly ENJOY IT!