Looking for sleep. Part I

Ah, sleep! You are an elusive subject. Sometimes we have very little of you, sometimes just on the verge of ok or almost enough but definitely never too much. That is why it is important to use the hours we have to their very best.  Here at Son Trava we know a thing or two about sleep and we figured out ways to get the needed rest. The key is to prepare yourself to sleep, gradually helping your body and mind to be in that state where a good restful sleep is possible. In Part I we are giving the general tips and in Part II it will be more about skincare and body care.  Mix and match as you please.

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1.      Get some fresh air.
Have a stroll. If you are lucky to live near a seaside or a river, it’s even better. Fresh air and a little bit of walking will help you to distance from the worries of the day and are very calming to the senses.

2.      Open your notebook or planner if you have one and cross out the things you’ve finished. It is very satisfying. Also write down plans for the next day so that you won’t trouble yourself with remembering them while falling asleep.

3.      Open the window to freshen the air before you go to bed. If you can (and we strongly recommend it), sleep with the windows opened. Take two warmest duvets if you must but keep the window opened at night.

4.      Put on your pyjamas. This is where we are the experts. It is another reminder to your body that it is loved thus calming for the mind as well. Choose one from our range made of softest luxurious silks.

5.      Meditate. We love Headspace app, it is very helpful if you have any troubles getting off to sleep. The founder of this app, Andy Puddicombe has the most tranquil voice and it’s a pleasure to listen to him. Check his video about sleep here.

6.      Listen to classical music. We recommend Lyszt, Chopin, Brahms, Schubert or early Rachmaninoff.

7.      When in bed read something soothing for the soul, or may be something uplifting. True to our Russian roots we love Chekhov’s short stories, poems by Bella Akhmadulina, Marina Tsvetaeva and Boris Pasternak. Share with us your favourite bedtime books.

Looking for sleep. Part II

Some time ago we promised you the Part II of our ‘Sleep rituals’. Part I was all about general tips for a restful night sleep. Here we invite you to read what routines we recommend skincare and body care wise. These all are tried and tested and we hope you find them useful.

'La Toilette' by Louise Catherine Breslau

'La Toilette' by Louise Catherine Breslau

1.      Take your pampering time in the bathroom. Thoroughly cleanse and moisturise your skin. This helps to relax and communicates a message to your body that you love it and care for it. Use your favourite creams and oils, do some gentle face massage. We recommend this video by a famouse makeup artist Lisa Eldridge where she shares her face massage routine. 

2.      Light a candle. But please, do not buy cheap aromatic candles – they are full of synthetic additives. Look for natural bees wax ones or soy wax, let the candle burn for little while and then put a few drops of good quality essential oil. We love lavender, jasmine, sandalwood and pine ones. When the candle is blown out the wax will still keep the aroma.

3.      Find time for a professional massage once in a while, visit sauna or hammam. It will work as a reminder for your body of 'how to relax'.

4.      Massage your body with a dry or wet brush, this one from The Body Shop does a perfect job. Dry (or wet) brushing stimilates lymphatic drainage, expholiates and tones your skin. If you are doing wet brush massage we recommend using coconut oil by an amazing Polish brand Mokosh. 

5.      Buy a diffuser and lavender oil to go with it. Light it for about 15 minutes before bed so that the air is filled with the calming smell.

6.      Use a silk eye mask. It is very useful when travelling but may also help to ease you into sleep at home blocking all the lights. We suggest these by Holistic Silk.

7.      Buy or make your own herbal sleep pillow. Put it near your normal pillow letting the aroma cuddle you in your sleep. Ours are handmade and filled with Russian traditional herbs. You can fill yours with dry lavander. Its relaxing scent helps your body and mind to unwind. 

Good night!