Easy Ways to Get a Good Nights Sleep. ♥

Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Ahh sleep. It's one of my favourite things ever. I love to sleep! Having a good nights sleep has been proven to be really important: it helps maintain weight, it improves your performance, and your ability to pay attention and remember new information. It also lowers stress, and improves your mood. I'm honestly like Cruella De Vil (Remember her?) if I don't get enough sleep, I turn into a mess, and I just cannot function properly!

So with that in mind, you'll understand why my sleeping pattern has been driving me somewhat crazy over the past few months. Whether it's the hot, summer evenings, or because it's so light outside, as soon as it's time for bed, I've been really struggling to get to sleep, and stay asleep. What's worse is I've been feeling exhausted all day long but when it's time for me to actually get that sleep I've been craving all day, I've been really restless and unable to get to sleep! After driving myself mad, and doing some research online, a while back, I've found some really good tips that have helped me to fall into the land of nod, that little bit quicker and get myself into a good sleeping routine, so I thought I'd share my top tips with you guys, as it's been working really well for me.

♥ 1. Get into a good routine - Everyone loves a good routine, and I'm no exception. I've been training myself and my body to know that when I do certain activities in my routine, that it's nearly time for bed. For example, I'll brush my teeth, carry out my skincare routine, and then sit in bed for half an hour, without the TV on, without scrolling through Instagram (that has been so hard) and just read a book instead. I've been doing this every, single night where possible and trying my best to stick to my routine! This has been great, because it's preparing my body and my mind for what is coming next: sleep time! I've also been trying my best to stick to the routine of going to bed at the same time, every evening! That can be quite hard if you've got a busy schedule, but it really does help!

♥ 2. Go to bed by 10.30pm (or aim to get at least 7, preferably 8 hours sleep per night)- this follows on nicely from my last point. Like I said, I've been trying to go to sleep at the same time most nights and stick to my routine, even if it's the weekend. That way my body knows what's coming next, and anticipates sleeping. It sounds crazy, but it really does work! Try it for yourself, and you won't want to stop your routine. Your body will know it's time for bed, and you get to sleep faster, and stay asleep so much longer! Another thing is to try your best to get 7-8 hours sleep each night, no more than that. Too much sleep can make you restless, and cause difficulty with falling asleep each night. I also cannot function on any less than 7 hours sleep, although everybody is different and you know your body best, so do what is best for you! Sleep is important, look after yourself, and listen to your body when it says you're tired.


♥ 3. Get your bedroom right - I find it easiest to get to sleep when the room is at a fairly cool temperature, and there is no light exposure in the room. Again, every body is different, so it's about getting to know your body and preferences. I know so many people that can't fall asleep without background noise, like the TV, but I can't sleep with the TV on, so do what's best for you here, if you like your bedroom warmer, do it! I'm no sleep expert, I'm simply sharing what has been working for me lately. I also love to light a soothing candle, so that the room has a lovely, relaxing and calming scent. Also, just a little FYI,  if you don't like the cold side of the pillow at night when you turn it over, we can't be friends.

♥ 4. Switch off from social media - Ahh this is a huge one! I totally recommend this tip to anybody that is struggling to get to sleep, and stay asleep. I am such a social media addict. I honestly have major FOMO if I can't scroll through Twitter or Instagram for over an hour. Yep, I'm that sad. Before I started working on my sleeping routine, I would get into bed, with every intention of going to sleep, yet stay awake for well over an hour, and way past my bed time...scrolling. Liking pictures. Wanderlusting, wishing I was on a sunny beach, with a cocktail in hand like those Insta famous beauties I follow...but no, I have work in the morning! My best advice here is, either keep your phone in a separate room, so that you can't be tempted to scroll, or just turn your phone onto airplane mode, that way you still have your alarm in the morning, but you aren't being disturbed by notifications etc. Honestly it will be the best thing you ever do, and your dark under eye circles will thank you for it. :)

♥ 5. Avoid eating three hours before bed time - When you eat before you go to bed, it works as a stimulant, that makes it difficult for you to fall asleep. Try to avoid, caffeine (obvious one) and sugar mostly. Personally, I'm trying to avoid most eating, three hours before bed, as I've noticed such a difference in how much quicker I'm able to fall asleep if I do this.



♥ 6. Avoid technology - again this one speaks for itself, and it's really easy once you force yourself to do it. I touched on this slightly above, in regards to switching off from social media. However, the real challenge is avoiding and switching off everything, from TV's, to laptops, to iPads. If it involves technology, girl turn it off. You'll honestly thank me for it in the long run! I find it such a distraction, to have the TV on in the background, even if it's comfortable viewing like Gilmore Girls, every time I close my eyes, I hear a bit of somebody talking and have to listen to the conversation or open my eyes to watch what is going on! Although some people find it easier to sleep with background noise, the light exposure is doing you no favours, as it's this light exposure that delays the production of Melatonin (the sleep hormone!) If you like background noise, why not listen to the radio quietly whilst going to sleep or some relaxing music? I promise, you'll find that your sleep quality improves and you'll fall to sleep so much faster!

♥ 7. Stop the weekly, weekend lie in - another thing I never knew affected my sleep was the weekly lay in, over the weekend. Who else works really hard all week long and looks forward to those extra hours in bed on a Saturday and Sunday? I used to, until recently when I realised it was really messing up my sleep pattern and routine and was actually making me feel so much more exhausted in the long run. Why don't you just get yourself into a lovely sleep routine, and then you'll never feel tired enough to want to lay in at the weekend? Your body will just naturally wake up, and you'll be able to have so much more weekend time! The early bird catches the worm and all that!

♥ 8. Stop hitting snooze - Oh and another thing, snoozing is for losing! I used to be that girl that would want an extra 10 minutes in bed each morning, whether I was running late for work or not, those extra 10 minutes sleep, were everything! It always used to make me feel so much more tired, continuously hitting snooze, but I'm getting extra sleep so I'll feel better later right? Wrong!!! In fact, when you hit snooze in the mornings, it allows your body to fall into a new sleep cycle, which you never get to finish! This causes you to feel more tired, and have annoying fatigue all day long. I used to be so guilty of this. But now I've stopped hitting snooze, I feel a lot more refreshed in the mornings, and so much less tired throughout the day, than I did before.


♥ 9. Pamper yourself before bed - I've been adding a good old, pampering sesh into my 'bed time routine' each evening, that way my body is anticipating 'sleep time' and I feel really good, and relaxed before I go to sleep. Whether it's relaxing in a good, old, LUSH bubble bath, with lots of my favourite bath products or simply taking the time to do my skincare routine, with a little face mask. Whatever you do, it will make you feel amazing and relaxed, which is the perfect frame of mind to be in, before falling to sleep!


♥ 10. Read instead of being on your phone - another alternative to spending lots of time on your phone, and something really lovely to add into your new bedtime routine is to read, for at least half an hour each evening before bed. I switch on a small reading lamp, get my room prepared for sleep, and relax in bed whilst reading a book. I find this activity so relaxing and calming and the loveliest way to end my day! It's also a great way of letting your body and mind know, that when you start to read in bed, it's almost time for sleep!

♥ 11. Exercise - I don't mean exercising before bed, because in fact that will give you an energy boost. However, I've been trying to exercise, even if it's just for 20 minutes, at some point throughout the day and it's been helping me get such a good nights sleep! I prefer to exercise in the mornings where possible, as it's such a great way to start the day, and it improves my sleep quality massively, giving me the energy boost I need for the day ahead, but making me more fatigued in the evenings and able to sleep continuously throughout the night! Some great exercises that help me to get a good nights sleep are: cycling, walking, yoga or generally just hitting the gym!

♥ 12.  If you can't get to sleep after 20 minutes don't stress - read, or jot down your thoughts - for me this is probably one of the most important tips of all. I really do struggle to get to sleep at times, and when I was starting my new routine, my sleeping pattern was all over the place. My best advice for you, if you can't get to sleep after 20 minutes is - DON'T STRESS. I used to lay in bed, getting irritated and restless because I can't sleep, and it would only make matters worse, causing me to get even less sleep than I'd hoped. Just remember if you can't sleep: don't worry, don't count sheep, sit up and read your favourite book, and if you've got lots on your mind, write down your thoughts in a journal, that way you can have a calm mind to fall asleep on.


I hope you've found this post helpful. I'm still not 100% perfect with my sleeping routine, but I'm trying and I think that's what counts. Even if you only work on 1 of these tips a week, or a month, go at your own pace and you'll soon see how easy it is to get a good nights sleep, and feel so much more refreshed after waking up each day! 

What are your top tips for getting a good nights sleep?
Sharna
xo

CUTE Summer Clothes You NEED for Under £30 ♥

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Summer is well and truly here (for the most part!) and I'm obsessed with purchasing pretty, summery clothing! My poor bank balance. I'm in love with all things bright, colourful and embroidery. Summer is just the BEST for finding  and wearing pretty clothes! I thought I'd put together a cute little wishlist of all of the lovely Summer clothing I'm lusting over and that I love, and a few of the items I'll hopefully be purchasing when Payday rolls around! I actually already have a few of these items already - oops, I just couldn't help myself and had to share them with you guys! I hope you guys love all of the items I've featured, there are 36 different items, so hopefully something for everyone! Best of all everything in this cute little guide is under £30, so it's pretty affordable, I got you guys... unless you buy it all of course! I won't judge. (I'm contemplating doing that right now...) ♥


Which item did you like the best? 
Will you be making a sneaky purchase of any of the items I featured?
 Have a lovely day! 
Sharna 
xo

Current Hair Saviours. ♥

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Warning: this post contains lots of pink! ♥
If you didn't know already, I'm slightly obsessed with all things haircare. I spend a lot of money on haircare products, because I just love making my hair look and feel amazing. Haircare is one thing, I like to spend that little bit more on, as I really notice a difference in my hair if I spend a bit more money on products. Don't get me wrong, there are some real bargains that are great for your hair, but over the years I've become obsessed with a few 'higher end' brands, that can still be found in my local Boots. More recently I've gave a few 'high end' products a try, and although I was skeptical to hand my cash over, I've become a luxury haircare fan and I've fallen in love! I'm also a sucker for pretty packaging...who isn't? Today I thought I'd share some of my favourite haircare products from high street to high end, that have become staples in my collection recently. Ones that I cannot go without and that have made a huge difference to my hair! ♥

 ♥ Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes Golden Girl Hair Oil - £9.99 - available here 

I noticed this little beauty on offer in Boots recently and had never tried it before. It sounded really interesting, being a hair oil specifically created for blondes, with toning ingredients to keep brassiness at bay. I needed this. I'm always struggling to maintain that lovely ashy look in my blonde hair, and after a few weeks out of the salon, it tends to start to look a dreaded yellow colour, so having a product that combines the importance of hydration, moisture and shine, as well as keeping brassiness away is PERFECT. This stuff really is a kiss of life for bleached hair, as it states on the bottle. I simply pump 2-3 pumps of this lovely stuff out of the handy pump function, and comb it through my mid-lengths to ends. Particularly focusing on the ends. I'm so pleased with the results, I've noticed my hair is feeling a lot less dry, and it's definitely not as brassy as it usually would be. I've even had people thinking that I've had my hair re-done in the salon because it's still got a lovely ashy tone to it. Nope, I've just been using this gorgeous stuff daily to maintain that lovely ashy colour, and to keep my blonde locks shiny and hydrated. You can use this on both wet or dry hair, to keep adding a little bit of moisture to your locks, so it's great to use, every, single, day! Blondies, you need to try this! 

  ♥ Lee Stafford 'Hair That Never Grows Past A Certain Length' Hair Growth Treatment Mask - £8.49 - available here

This beauty has been around for years. I used to use this when I was growing my hair as a teenager, so it always brings back fond memories, and the scent takes me back to being a teenager, obsessed with the idea of having Rapunzel locks! Also, can you tell I'm a fan of Lee Stafford products? I promise there will be other haircare brands featured in this post too, aha, I just love Lee Stafford so much and couldn't write this post without mentioning a few of my favourites. This mask is a deep conditioning treatment, that aims to nourish and moisturise your scalp, and fertilise hair follicles, allowing your hair to reach it's potential, full length.

It also strengthens your hair, giving it the nutrients it needs to be strong and healthy, whilst preventing hair loss, and we all know strong and healthy hair = hair growth. I couldn't be without this hair mask in my collection now. I've used it for years and I swear by it. You simply apply an egg sized amount of this gorgeous stuff after you've washed your hair, and leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing away. You can use this every wash until you're happy with results and then once a week to maintain the lush results.

Every time I use this, it never fails to amaze me how amazing my hair feels, and it also smells amazing! The scent, is classic Lee Stafford, very fruity and zesty! It always leaving my hair feeling super soft, hydrated, much more manageable, and it just feels so much stronger and healthier. I can definitely tell when I've not used this for a while, as I notice more hair shedding and breakage. Over time, I can say this stuff has definitely contributed to the growth of my hair and made it so much stronger. It's amazing! If you want to grow your hair, make it stronger, healthier and look lush - I totally recommend this.

♥ Kerastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil for Coloured Hair - £39.50 - available here

Yes, I know you're all gasping at the shocking price of this hair oil, at £39.50 it's breaking the bank, however bear with me, you'll adore this. This is honestly the BEST hair oil I've tried for coloured hair, and believe me, I've tried many. This beauty, specifically created for coloured hair, treats, protects and strengthens your locks. It is enriched with a blend of rich, hair loving oils including Argan and Maize. It suits my fine hair really well, it doesn't leave it looking limp, weighed down or lifeless, and is also suitable for all hair types. I apply just a small amount (2-3 pumps) of this to the mid-end lengths of my hair daily, on either wet or dry hair. The handy pump function makes it really easy to dispense just the right amount of product that you need. I adore the scent of this product, all I can say is, it smells expensive! Best of all, the results are amazing. The condition of my hair has improved vastly since using this oil and I see amazing results every time I use it. Frizz is under control, shine is out of this world, and my hair looks and feel so hydrated and healthy. I've also noticed that I have a lot less split ends, and breakage since using this hair oil, and my colour looks so lovely and vibrant for a lot longer. It's a really amazing hair oil, and the results make the price somewhat justifiable. Now that I've tried this, every time I try a cheaper alternative, I'm left somewhat disappointed. Nothing compares to this beauty! Give it a go yourself and you'll see what I mean! 


♥ Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut Balm - £6.99 - available here 
♥ Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut Mask - £6.99 - available here 

These two beauties are new favourites in my collection. As you know by now, I'm a huge fan of Lee Stafford so when I noticed the Coco Loco range on offer in Boots I just had to try some of the products for myself.

First off I'm obsessed with the Coconut Balm, which is a solid balm, that you can smooth into wet or dry hair, to maintain, protect, and moisturise, your hair. I like to apply this daily, I scoop just a small amount of this and rub the product together using my fingers, which turns the product into an oil, before applying to the mid-end lengths. The results are instant, you are left with gorgeous, shiny, hydrated, smooth locks, and unwanted frizz is banished. Your hair looks so sleek and healthy. I recommend this as well for if you want a sleek up-do. I'm thinking this sort of Kim Kardashian ponytail style, where you don't want any flyaways. This product is perfect for taming those flyaways ladies! My only advice with this product is to use it sparingly, if you use too much, like I did in first application (I used a grape sized amount!!!) it can start to make your hair look a little limp and greasy. I would use just a pea sized amount, obviously depending on your hairs texture and thickness and build it up, a little goes a long way! It's a really lovely product to keep inside your handbag and apply on the go to keep your hair looking and feeling amazing, and best of all - it smells like coconuts! Good enough to eat!

Next from the Coco Loco range is the Coconut Mask, which I knew I had to try as soon as I spotted it, on offer in Boots. The mask is a really thick, creamy treatment, that smells absolutely gorgeous. I'm sure you'll be aware that the benefits of using coconut oil on your hair are amazing, as coconut oil contains natural nutrients that restore, health, vitality, hydration and life back into your hair.  This treatment mask is no exception, it helps to repair dry, damaged hair and reduce protein loss, so that your hair is healthier and stronger. On first use, you reap the benefits of using this treatment, hair is noticeably softer, manageable, glossy, shiny and hydrated and just looks really light and glossy. Over time, I've noticed a difference in the strength of my hair, I've had a lot less breakage and my hair has been given a real boost of life! It's a really lovely mask to use once a week, to give your hair a real treat and it's pretty affordable too and leaves your hair smelling lush!

 ♥ Toni & Guy Volume Addiction Shampoo* - £7.50 - available here
♥ Toni & Guy Volume Addiction Conditioner* - £7.50 - available here

I've always been such a huge fan of Toni & Guy, their haircare is amazing and every product I've tried by them, I've always fell in love with immediately and it was no different after I tried these beauties. After having my hair highlighted, it was feeling quite limp, dry and lifeless. Not only was I looking to add moisture and hydration back into my hair, but also that 'oomph' of volume that it was so desperately lacking in and lusting over. Specially formulated for fine hair, this shampoo and conditioner are the perfect combination of products to give you hydrated, shiny hair full of life and fabulous volume. After 1 use I noticed an immediate difference in how my hair felt, but after regular use I can say it's definitely improved the volume of my hair, restoring body, fullness and texture, without weighing it down. As well as adding the boost of hydration and shine that I was looking for too. Not only that, but my hair always feels so silky soft, and light after I've used these two products together and definitely stronger over time! If you have fine hair, I'd really recommend giving these a go!


So these are my current hair favourites and saviours, I hope you've enjoyed today's post! 
What are your current favourite hair products? I'm always on the look out for new products to try and fall in love with!

Have a lovely day!
Sharna
xo

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