Self care starts with a good night’s sleep

Inspired by Georgia Knight’s post ‘Too Scared To Sleep | My Struggle With Night Terrors’, I thought I’d share with you all some new products I’ve discovered, and some old favourites too, which contribute towards getting a good night’s sleep.

It’s so important not to underestimate the power of a long and deep sleep on your body – both mentally and physically. For me, a relaxing evening routine usually involves a hot bath (usually filled with bubbles or a bath bomb!) If you’re looking for an alternative to Lush (even though they’re amazing), I also recommend trying the ‘Miss Patisserie’ range. Like Lush, it’s vegan and cruelty free, and it’s available at Boots here. Not a bath bomb fan? Try Soap and Glory’s Calm One Calm All bubble bath!

I’ve also been using Indeed Labs Retinol Reface – this night cream has an overall rating of 4.3/5 on Boots, and is often sold out! It increases collagen production and fights signs of ageing, leaving your skin super smooth and moisturised. I’ve never tried products with Retinol in before (it’s a Vitamin A derivative) so this was really exciting! I love the light fragrance and the thickness is perfect.

Another exciting piece of blogger mail I received this month is this gorgeous lounge tee from Homebody Womenswear. The ‘Relaxed V-Neck Tee’ retails at £105, which may seem a lot but it’s definitely worth it. The tee is handmade in the UK with their signature Modal-Sens fabric. It is the SOFTEST piece of clothing I’ve ever owned. I’m not a big fan of pyjamas but I’m converted now as the fabric is so breathable!

The final piece of my relaxing bedtime routine is to do one of my favourite things – reading. I recommend lighting a candle, putting on a bedside light (strong enough so that you don’t strain your eyes!) and picking up a book! I read a ridiculous amount, so have Kindle Unlimited, but one of my favourite authors is Matt Haig and I often find myself picking up his books. If you suffer with depression or anxiety, I really recommend you check out his book ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’.

Are you getting the quality sleep that you need? What helps you relax before bedtime? Let me know if the comments! 

*This post contains gifted items and affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

Ali Hemsley
Ali Hemsley

Ali is a 24 year old lifestyle blogger. She combines her advocacy and awareness work for chronic illness and mental health with her love for fashion. You can follow Ali on social media @alihemsley


  1. January 31, 2018 / 1:47 pm

    I have a bath, with lush bath bombs! And I also read a book as it helps me to drift off, I used to do a bit of meditation before bed when I had bad anxiety which helped me relax xxx

  2. January 31, 2018 / 2:31 pm

    Lovely post! Sleep is sooo important but I definitely need to get better at prioritising it!

  3. Ashley
    January 31, 2018 / 3:01 pm

    Love this post babe. Definitely need to try out some of thse products! I sleep so easily but always wake up feeling tired.. not nice xxx

  4. February 11, 2018 / 10:36 pm

    Aw thanks for the mention Ali that is so lovely! I love the sound of that super soft t-shirt and I think it is something to invest in! I’m an avid lush user but I love any bath bomb tbh so I will have to check out Miss Patisserie! Great post and love your photos xxx

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