Get better sleep and give a relaxing face massage

July 28, 2015

Nothing aids sleep more than feeling relaxed, and there's little more relaxing than a good face message. So loosen up and prepare for a satisfying snooze; no counting sheep required.

Get better sleep and give a relaxing face massage

Give a blissful face massage

This is a great way to relieve stress, improve facial tone, and bring a radiant glow to the complexion. Cleanse the face first, and spend no more than 20 minutes overall. Ask the person to lie on their back and stand behind them as you work.

  • Apply a massage oil formulated for the face, with a gliding movement and a deft, light touch. Stroke the face with your fingertips, upwards and outwards towards the temples.
  • Massage along the jaw line with your fingertips.
  • Work on the nose, mouth, forehead, and around the eyes. Use a circular motion to massage the temples.
  • Use thumbs and forefingers to give little pinches along the eyebrows.
  • Finish by massaging the neck muscles with firm upward strokes.

Get a good night's sleep

A good bed and bedding, and a clean, tidy, well-aired bedroom are key to unbroken, restorative sleep.

  • Love your bedroom: You spend about a third of your life there. Dedicate it to sleep by banishing the computer and television to other rooms.
  • Eliminate dust and mess: Hang up clothes, return books to the shelves, and keep your nightstand uncluttered.
  • Launder the sheets often: They should smell fresh. Here's a tip: lightly spray your sheets with lavender water. The scent is said to aid sleep and relaxation.
  • Set a sleep routine: Keep regular hours and start to wind down as you approach bedtime.
  • Create a ritual to prepare for bed: Try to do something relaxing for a little while before bed. Watch a relaxing TV show, read, or write down your thoughts about the day.
  • Set a comfortable temperature for your bedroom: Not too hot, not too cold. 
  • Sleep in complete darkness: As bedtime approaches, start to dim your lights. This will make it easier to fall asleep when you're in bed. (The reverse is also true: the more sunlight you get in the morning, the easier it'll be to wake up.)
  • Try to soundproof your bedroom: Exposure to noise at night can suppress the immune system, even if it doesn't wake you.
  • Use an old-fashioned alarm clock: The small amount of light from a digital clock is enough to subtly disturb your sleep. Electrical alarms and other devices may also have electrical fields or faint sounds that reduce sleep quality and penetrate consciousness.

Follow these tips and not only will your face massages be in high demand, but you'll also be getting deeper and more restful sleep. If only getting up on time was this easy!

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