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A SUSTAINABLE SLEEP CYCLE
Is sustainability the answer to a good night’s sleep? We show you how with these six steps which can make a lasting difference to your shut-eye, from eco-friendly bedding from Nimbus to naturally caffeine-free tea blends by Teapigs. Prepare to catch some quality zzz’s...
1. INVEST IN BREATHABLE BEDDING
If you tend to toss, turn and throw off the covers then opt for the Nimbus Smartdown range. Sustainably sourced cotton and eco-fibres deliver unparalleled breathability. Soft fabrics (derived from an average of 100 recycled plastic bottles in each duvet) are spun to create down-like clusters that traps warmth without stuffiness all night.
2. SWITCH TO NATURAL LIGHTING
Artificial lighting in the evening blocks the release of melatonin that aids a natural sleep cycle by tricking your body into thinking it's daytime. Minimise your screen time in particular when the sun goes down and swap artificial light for soft candle light. Neom Organics Tranquillity range, made from a complex blend of pure natural vegetable wax and 100% natural sleep aiding fragrances including lavender and jasmine, is just the thing to unwind with before bedtime.
3. BATHE IN THE BENEFITS OF AROMATHERAPY
A candlelit bath is the perfect way to prepare your body for a restorative sleep. Try Stress-Fix Soaking Salts from Aveda scented with clary sage and lavender, clinically proven to relieve stress and improve sleep. Not only are Aveda products made with up to 90% naturally derived ingredients from plants, non-petroleum minerals and water they have also raised over $60 million for environmental causes since 1999.
4. TRY ORGANIC TEAS
Avoiding caffeine after 2pm can be tough going but is a must for those suffering from poor sleep. Swapping to decaffeinated tea like lemongrass tea or low caffeinated teas such as matcha (which has roughly half the caffeine levels of black tea) can really help your chances for shut-eye. Pesky pesticides can interfere with your sleep cycle so choose a source such as Teapigs that are organic, natural, ethical and tested against pesticides.
5. EMBRACE ETHICAL EXERCISE
There is a lot to be said for tiring yourself out. But experts advise you are better off having a stress-relieving workout earlier on in the day and not within three hours of bedtime. What’s even better is to keep hydrated throughout your workout and day with a reusable flask from 24 Bottles. Even mild dehydration can disturb your sleep, so lead by example and reduce your carbon footprint as you drink.
6. CHOOSE A CALMING COLOUR PALETTE
Studies have shown that the colour palate of your décor can affect your sleep. Stick to calming blue shades or silvers that mimic the moonlight such as this candle holder from Urban Nature Culture, made from recycled glass. Avoid pulse increasing reds and stimulating purples.
Eager to embrace a more eco-friendly lifestyle? Then shop our sustainable edit below.
THE SLEEP-EASY SELECTION
NEOM ORGANICS Standard Candle Tranquillity
AVEDA Stress-Fix Soaking Salts 454g
TEAPIGS Pure Lemongrass Tea Temples 22.5g
TEAPIGS Modern Matcha Gift Set
24BOTTLES Clima Hydration Bottle
AVEDA Stress Fix Composition Oil 50ml
MORE TO READ
Learn more about the benefit of aromatherapy from Nicola Elliot the creator of the cult candle brand in the Neom Guide to Wellbeing.