We all know that sleep is precious - it's the time our bodies rest, repair and recharge and therefore vitally important to our health. However getting enough shuteye isn't always easy, with one in three of us suffering from mild insomnia at some stage in our lives.
To help yourself get enough quality rest each night, experts recommend establishing a daily 'bedtime routine' to help you relax and get your body primed for sleep.
Eating at least 2-3 hours before you aim to retire is essential, as a heavy meal too late at night slows down the digestive process and often leads to disturbed sleep.
Taking a warm, mineral-rich magnesium bath last thing at night can also work wonders. Not only can it help soothe tired, restless muscles but it also relaxes your mind and helps you unwind at the end of a busy day.
According to the World Health Organisation, 75% of us are thought to be deficient in magnesium, which enhances around 300 enzyme-related processes in the body, including inducing sleep. It is also a natural muscle relaxant which is key in allowing the body to initiate the relaxation response necessary for sleep.
Bathing in magnesium flakes is the perfect way to up your levels of this essential mineral which can be effectively absorbed through the skin. Simply add 250g-1kg (1-4 cups) of Westlab's Relaxing Magnesium Flakes to your warm bath and then blissfully soak for 20 minutes.
Alternatively, you could try the Sleep salts from our new Alchemy range: Epsom salts infused with the calming aromas of essential oils jasmine and lavender, with a touch of valerian to help you drift off into a deep sleep.