The Formula for Great Sleep
When you're trying to get the best sleep you can, it can see a little overwhelming, as there's a lot of numbers involved. How much should you sleep? How long should it take you to fall asleep? And why do we have to count things to drift off?
So while not all of us are great at numbers, we've come up with a simple equation to get the best sleep you can. Stick with us, it'll really help to send you to Dreamland (we've even tested it ourselves). Here goes...
Drop in body temp + a drop in heart rate + optimum sleep conditions + Dream Lotion = the perfect night’s sleep.
Both the drop in heart rate and the decrease of core body temperature stimulates the production of Melatonin in our brains, a hormone needed for us to fall asleep. This is a key player in maintaining the relationship with our pillow, and one we can all replicate at home.
1. A Hot Bath Before Bed
The drop in your core body temperature tends to begin around two hours before sleep. When you soak in a hot tub, your temperature rises, and then immediately drops and cools when you get out. This simulates the natural drop in temperature when you fall asleep, and instantly relaxes you. Try soaking in a hot bath for about 20 mins around an hour before your desired bed time, and it will help to put you into a deeper sleep.
One of the best ways to regulate and slow your heartrate down is to practice meditation. From yoga to mindfulness, there are many ways you can meditate your way to a calm, relaxed sleeping state. Try taking ten minutes to do some breathing exercises before bed, or even download meditation apps such as Headspace to guide you through to blissful sleep.
3. No Caffeine After Lunch
It takes nearly 6 hours for caffeine to metabolise in your system, so that 4pm cup of joe will still have your heart rate rising at 10pm! In order to produce the Melatonin your brain needs to sleep, your heart rate needs to refrain from rising… So after lunchtime, try switching your stimulants for a soothing chamomile or peppermint tea instead.
4. Keep The Heating Off
To help encourage the drop in your core body temperature, keep your thermostat low during the night. A cool bedroom will help facilitate the production of those sleepy-hormones and stop you from waking up in a sweat during the night.
5. Breathable Fabrics
Decent bedsheets and breathable pyjamas are key to maintaining your body temperature throughout the night. As your internal thermostat rises and falls, the last thing you want is to wake up overheated or too chilly. For the best sleep, you need to be comfortable and cool.
6. Dream Lotion
Our Dream lotion is full of calming and soothing ingredients, all 100% natural to help ease you into a restful slumber. It's helped so many of our customers already, proving to be more successful than sleeping pills, and without all the nasty side effects. Just apply to arms and chest before settling down for bed.
Our VerdictSo whilst trying to work out how to get a great nights sleep can sometimes be more of a headache than actually helping, we feel we've come up with a simple way to ease you into a great sleep, and we have proof that it works. No more tossing and turning, no more waking up in the middle of the night. Follow this equation and let us know how you get on (but don't worry, we won't grade you on this one).
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