With the clocks changing this weekend, I thought it would be good to hold a sleep workshop over on my Facebook page, showing you natural, holistic and organic ways to help you adjust your body clock and break any cycles of sleeplessness. I thought it was worthy to share on my blog too.
There is probably nothing more crucial to a youthful, healthy appearance and a balanced, vigorous body and mind than deep, restful sleep. There is little doubt most people need less sleep as they get older; however, the truth is that most of us don’t get enough and because of stresses in our life (or in my case, small children), it’s often not as restful as it should be.
Sleep has many functions, including overcoming the effects of stress, giving our bodies time to recover, restore and rejuvenate. It also plays a big part in helping the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. Poor sleep or sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate and moodiness. It can also leave you too tired to do the things you enjoy. Even occasional sleeping problems can make daily life feel more stressful or reduce productivity.
Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates and by altering the level of hormones that affect our appetite. Most cells of the body show increased production and reduced breakdown of proteins during deep sleep. Do you ever feel really hungry the day after a bad night’s sleep?
Sleeplessness may be a short-term or long-term problem.
The amount of sleep needed will vary from person to person, and for the same person at different stages of their life. Short-term sleeplessness may be brought about by anxiety, fear, stress or excitement.
So does anyone suffer with the odd sleepless night sometimes?
Well most people do… However, the problem is that sleeplessness can become a habit, and anxiety can develop around not being able to sleep which may become self-perpetuating.
What I am hoping to share with you is a natural holistic way to prevent insomnia becoming a habit, or if it has, a unique holistic way to break the habit.
LET YOUR MIND UNWIND: If like me you sometimes get into bed and feel like you have got far too many tabs open in your brain, here is a really useful exercise to try. Mentally work backwards through the day going over everything you have done without becoming attached to any one issue. This can really help you to distance yourself from the situation and let it go.
And a useful tip: Stimulating foods and drinks, and eating late at night can all be aggravating factors insomnia, and should be avoided – along with screen time and arguing with your partner or children!
In terms of how the wonderful Neal’s Yard products can help you unwind, de-stress and enjoy better sleep, we will begin with herbal remedies….A basic herbal tea mixture, such as the one brought together in our night time tea containing chamomile (relaxing & a natural digestif), lime flower (soothing), passionflower (uplifting and soothing), hawthorn flower (relaxing) & valerian (aids a restful nights sleep) makes for a pleasant tasting relaxing bedtime drink.
The drink actually is very pleasant even if the smell when you first take the bag out of the packet isn’t! And of course compared with other “teas” available in the supermarket, our night time tea is Non GM, 100% organic, plastic-free, has chlorine-free bags which are compostable, does not have staples or glues & is caffeine-free naturally.
The Night Time tea is priced at £2.99 for 18 individual bags
Staying with your inner health: in terms of supplements to help aid sleep, we have the Beauty Sleep Supplement.
Before I go into detail about the beauty sleep supplement, I should give you a little information about what you can expect from the NYRO range of supplements.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic supplements don’t contain any preservatives, any synthetic binders or fillers…they are all from natural plant sources, we don’t use Nano technology and there are no GMO’s – they are organically approved and they are not tested on animals.
Our capsule is produced by a vegetable cellulose – a natural organic plant source, that our bodies breakdown very easily, so we get superior absorption from the supplement itself. So the superior absorption with the NYRO supplement means our supplements breakdown within 15 minutes. With no synthetic binders and fillers in NYRO supplements, it means our bodies are not getting things they don’t need…sometimes High Street supplements are 50% filler based!
So back to the Beauty Sleep. This supplement supports your skin’s natural night-time regeneration and helps maintain healthy skin, nails and hair, all while you sleep. Beauty Boosting hyaluronic acid helps to plump and moisturise your skin from the inside and out. This skin hero of hyaluronic acid has been infused with a soothing herbal blend of lemon balm, chamomile and passion flower and added B vitamins and pantothenic acid to help aid relaxation, to reduce fatigue and promote a restorative sleep.
Perfect to help you make the most of your beauty sleep and wake up looking and feeling beautifully refreshed.
A little summary of the Beauty Sleep Supplement Benefits:
- Boost your beauty while you sleep
- Supports your skin’s natural night-time regeneration
- Helps maintain healthy skin, nails and hair
- Beauty boosting hyaluronic acid helps to plump and moisturise your skin from the inside and out
- Synergistic complex of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients for fresher, younger-looking skin
- Contains moisture retaining hyaluronic acid
- With zinc for maintenance of normal skin, nails and hair
- Vitamins B6 and B12 contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system
- Pantothenic acid helps to reduce fatigue and tiredness
And the “how to use” : Take one capsule daily before bedtime. Not for use during pregnancy or lactation, unless advised by a healthcare practitioner.
There are 60 capsules in the bottle and they are priced at £26.50
….B vitamins are also beneficial to aid sleep – and of course we have a Vitamin B Supplement, which may help – please ask me for more details.
Another top tip: Increase your consumption of bananas, sunflower seeds and tuna in your diet too as these are high in sleep inducing vitamins. I read recently that a young boy was cured of his chronic sleeplessness by having a banana before bed as he was low in potassium.
Onto aromatherapy…. Aromatherapy is… the skilled and controlled use of essential oils for physical and emotional health and well being.” Valerie Cooksley
Aromatherapy can be used in the bath, through a carrier oil during massage or in diffuser, to name a few.
Neal’s Yard have a wonderful range of aroma diffusers. The great thing about vaporising essential oils in an aroma diffuser is you can pop whatever oils/blend you want in it throughout the day to keep you alert and refreshed and then change it to something suitable of an evening to help with winding down!
The aroma diffusers can help you create a peaceful and calming haven anywhere – as we even have a travel one.
Some of our diffusers have colour changing mood lighting functions, which moves through a rainbow of colours. These can also be set on a single colour of choice or even a no light option, to continue soothing whilst you sleep. Each diffuser is different, so please ask me about the functions you would like and I will help you to make the right choice.
The aroma diffusers are priced from £40 to £65
***Special Offer*** You may have noticed the Lumie diffuser in the picture above, as it looks very different from the others…Or even seen it on This Morning today!
The Lumie Bodyclock Iris 500 is a bedside alarm clock with a difference, combining gentle natural light therapy with pure aromatherapy, which can gently wake you up in the morning. This can help with seasonal affective disorder. It Recreates sunset and sunrise to help you drift off naturally and wake up gently.
With two aromatherapy chambers, alarm clock, reading and nightlight options.
- For healthy sleep, sports training and increased energy at work
- 15, 20, 45, 60 or 90-minute sunset to wind down for bed
- 15, 20, 45, 60 or 90-minute sunrise to wake up naturally
- 2 x 60ml removable aromatherapy chambers for water and your pure essential oils
- Ultrasonic technology diffusion with continuous or intermittent ‘plume’ diffusion
- Automatic shutdown at low water level
- 7 day programming and remote control
- Dimmable bedside light and nightlight options
- Optional alarm beep, snooze feature and power failure back up
- Light therapy has been used to treat SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Scientiﬁcally designed in England – based on published research
- Certiﬁed by the Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC) and supplied to the NHS
The Lumie bodyclock is priced at £160 until Monday morning (31st October 2016) at 9am it is only £128.
For more information on SAD and practical ways to manage it, please visit
And there is an extensive range of essential oils and aromatherapy blends to choose from depending on your mood.
To aid good sleep, you could use the pre-blended Night time aromatherapy blend – This blend of grounding vetiver and relaxing lavender brings welcome relief when you find it difficult to relax and switch off. It will stop your mind whirring and give you a refreshing night’s sleep.
The Night time blend costs £9.70
Another top tip to help you drift off naturally: Have a hot bath or hot tub about 90 minutes before bedtime (if you can). You could use these sleep-inducing essential oils in the water…Chamomile, Lavender, Neroli. I would recommended 4-5 drops of the oil of your choice and 10ml of vegetable oil. To help it disperse in the water try mixing it in an little milk…..
or if you are not sure about using the individual oils, go for the aromatic foaming bath…. already formulated for you so you can relax and enjoy.
In addition to a bath soak, try a night skin & body care ritual using our Beauty sleep concentrate for your face and/or our Beauty Sleep Body Butter.
Both the Beauty Sleep Concentrate and our Beauty Sleep Body Butter contain the exotic organic ylang ylang to create a dreamy aromatherapy blend.
The facial serum of the Beauty Sleep Concentrate supports overnight skin regeneration, smoothing and replenishing as we sleep too.
So both the Beauty Sleep Body Butter & the Beauty Sleep Concentrate are two products for the perfect pre-sleep prep!
Beauty Sleep Concentrate is priced at £32.50 and Beauty Sleep Body Butter is £23.00
You can give the gift of sleep this Christmas with the beautiful Beauty Sleep Gift Set. This bedtime beauty collection is a dream come true for stressed out friends. They can cocoon themselves in the calming aroma of Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Cypress Essential Oils, while their skin is replenished and recharged overnight.
- Beauty Sleep Concentrate, 30ml
- Beauty Sleep Body Butter, 100g
- Beauty Sleep Bath Milk, 100ml
This gift set cost £45
Lastly……why not dab a little Night time remedy to roll on pulse points or pop a couple of drops of lavender essential oil on a piece of cotton wool or a tissue and place on the pillow (between the pillow and the pillowcase) .
The Night Time Remedies to Roll has a luxurious blend of lavender oil, neroli oil, chamomile oil and rose oil .
The Remedies to Roll range are priced at £6.50
If you have seen anything you like and would like to place an order, you can either send me a message or email me (email@example.com) with your name, address and telephone number and the items you are interested in. I will then call you to arrange payment.
Please DO NOT place any bank or card details in the message.
You can pay by Credit or Debit card or bank transfer.
Any order placed personally through me over £50 will receive FREE delivery – unless you are local or don’t mind me dropping it off at school in which case it will be free delivery no matter the order value.
You can also check out my little website. Everything can be ordered from there and delivered directly to you. https://uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/lisaruggles/
It is the final few days of the amazing “feel the love” mini consultant kit. I can’t even remember how I found out about becoming a NYRO consultant. I think I was browsing the shop one day ready to make a purchase and realised I could save at least 25% off all my purchases if I signed up.
As soon as I signed up, my replica website was created. This instantly gave me all the tools I needed to share with my friends and family. It took a little while for me to do so and in all honesty, it was only the thought of raising money for Blue Skye Thinking that propelled me to do so.
Like you might be thinking, I wondered what the catch was. There isn’t really one. To remain a consultant, you need to place ONE order of around £85 in the year. If like me you use the products and buy a few Christmas gifts, you should be able to make one order in 12 months, but if you share your link and your family and friends wants some goodies too, you’ll easily manage one £85 order.
The mini consultant offer at the moment is a steal. Available until 31st October 2016; it contains the award winning and best selling Frankincense cleanser, toner, intense moisturise and facial oil – worth £123.50. You also receive a lovely jute bag, order pad, brochures and other useful tools to start a business with if you chose to do so. All for £40.
If you would like more information, please let me know or visit my link. If you do chose to sign up, it would be great to have you in my growing team. You will only be allocated to me if you sign up from my link. I’m not pushy, but will help you to grow a business if you wish to.
Finally I would like to say thank you for taking the time to keep me company tonight. I hope I have managed to explain the NYRO skincare ranges to you. There are many more products to support your wellbeing. If you are interested in finding out about the other products in the Neal’s Yard family, please feel free to ask.