Hush Home and Aromatherapy Associates partnered up this Christmas season to curate two luxurious Christmas hampers to help everyone relax better and rest better. Driven by their shared passion and commitment to promote better sleep, in addition to their hand-selected Christmas gifts, Hush Home’s Sleep Expert and Aromatherapy Associates’ Education Team would like to share the following relaxation tips for an ultimate well-rested Christmas and New Year.
A calming night time routine is an essential step to quality sleep. It helps to signal to your body that it’s time to wind down and prepare for rest. Having a consistent routine to relax our body and minds can help reduce any stress and anxiety that often interferes with the release of melatonin and sleep quality throughout the night.
The 1-2 hours before you are going to bed, dim the lights in your home and bedroom. Brighter lights keep us awake for longer by affecting sleep pressure that we’ve been building up and the release of melatonin.
Taking a bath is a simple act of self-care that can help reduce anxiety and calm the mind by inducing a hormonal reaction in the body. Studies have shown that cortisol levels decrease after bathing and at the same time endorphins get released. This perfect combination prepares us for the best state of mind to get under the covers for a good snooze! Additionally, a hot bath will bring our core body temperature to a lower degree, which helps get us closer to the ideal core body temperature for falling asleep.
The cherry on top to a nice hot bath is to use the De-stress, Deep Relax and Revive oils from Aromatherapy Associate’s The Deluxe Spa Christmas Hamper. These oils are blended to help us switch off our minds before bed time. Treat yourself and your loved ones to this delightful Christmas present, allowing them to unwind and enjoy a hot bath with these soothing oils.
Using the Mulberry Silk Eye Mask in both The Luxury Dream Hamper and The Deluxe Spa Hamper while meditating can help block out any light distractions and help you stay more focused.
Spoil yourself with true beauty sleep. Your Mulberry Silk Pillowcase will transform your overnight rest into an 8-hour beauty treatment, making your skin and hair softer and healthier. Meticulously woven from the highest grade of silk, your Mulberry Silk Pillowcase and Eye Mask redefine softness and luxury, so you wake up rested, refreshed, and beautiful. You can also follow Hush Home’s 7 Minute Meditation Video for Better Sleep.
The sense of smell is the most basic and ancient of our senses, and it connects to the brain regions that deal with emotions, instincts and survival. Different smells can make us feel and react in different ways, and they can also bring back memories of people or places very vividly.
Aromatic molecules enter our nose when we inhale, and they reach the upper part of the nasal cavity where they meet special nerve cells called Olfactory cells. These cells have tiny hairs that can only recognize one kind of smell by matching it like a key to a lock. This creates nerve impulses that go to the limbic system, which is the part of the brain that is mainly responsible for our survival, emotions and instincts.
The Atomiser and the essential oil handpicked specifically in The Luxury Dream Christmas Hamper takes advantage of our powerful sense of smell to calm our minds and induce sleep. The Deep Relax essential oil brand that was created by Aromatherapy Associate’s co-founder, Geraldine Howard, to battle her own insomnia. The key ingredient in Deep Relax is Vetivert- a natural sedative. Combined with calming Camomile and grounding Sandalwood, it's a scent that really helps you to switch-off and drift-off.
Relaxing to this beautiful Deep Relax oil blend while meditating is the best way to end your night before drifting into deep sleep on Hush Home’s Mulberry Silk Pillow case available in The Luxury Dream Hamper.
Founded in 1985, British brand Aromatherapy Associates harnesses the incredible powers of the finest essential oils, purest extracts and natural ingredients that work on a deep physical and emotional level to allow your natural wellbeing and radiance to shine through.