13. A camomile & mint tea and a large glass of water are on my bedside table. It is vital to re-hydrate, we can lose up to 3 pints of water during the night and because the skin is the body’s largest organ, when we’re de-hydrated the body will take it from wherever it can.
14. Speaking of de-hydration, this brings me onto REPOSE. My all-time desert island product. REPOSE is a multi-vitamin rich, aromatherapy night cream loaded with relaxing essential oils, we call it a “Good Night’s Sleep in a Jar”.
15. Once I’ve warmed REPOSE up in my hands, I breathe in the beautiful aroma and speak my mantra 3 times. It is quite simply, ‘THANK YOU’. And in this state of gratitude I do some deep breathing from the diaphragm; in through the nose for 3, hold for 4 and breathe out through the mouth slowly to 5, I repeat this also 3 times. Once I apply the product to my face and chest, I’m starting to feel tranquil.
16. My final relaxation technique, a brilliant mindfulness exercise, once lying down is to intentionally relax my body, a bit at a time. Starting with the feet, concentrate on letting them ‘go to sleep’ moving up the body ending with the face, ensuring your tongue is dropped into the bottom of your mouth, jaw relaxed and every part of you still.