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Sleep deprivation may be a bigger concern than you think it is.

Sometimes we ask ourselves: Do we ever stop working? Whilst you may or may not be bringing work home, your mind is constantly thinking and creating new thoughts without giving you a break. The only time your mind and body really get the time to relax is when you are off to bed.

In another case, if you have been tossing and turning all night only to realise that you have only four hours left until you need to wake up for work, it can be quite disruptive for your body and mind to adjust to this unbalanced routine. Before you develop insomnia, it’s better to adjust your body clock into getting a good night’s sleep.

Can’t figure out how to get started? We’ve rounded up the best grooming products that will help you sleep better, and bring your body back to its natural rhythm. Happy snoozing.

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok

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Keep your sleep hygiene healthy

There’s no such thing as a magic potion that can help you fall asleep instantly, so don’t expect to be transported into the Land of Nod immediately. But, hey, having a disciplined bedtime routine could really improve your sleep hygiene. What is sleep hygiene? It’s allowing your body to rest with some calming activities like lighting a candle, reading a book, meditating, or simply spending some quality time on your skincare regime that will help you drift off easily.

Not to mention, it’s equally important to take care of your skin at night as well as during the day. Grown Alchemist’s Age-Repair Sleep Masque could be a part of your nighttime skincare routine because its rich mask comes with yeast-derived oligo-peptides and soy amino acids that re-texture the skin and reduce visible lines on your skin. Keep your skin healthy and your sleep will be healthy too.

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Apply some essential oils

Essential oils aren’t just perfume for hipsters. This London-based brand has cracked the code to rehabilitate and rejuvenate the mind and body, especially for those facing difficulty in falling asleep. Anatome’s Recovery +Sleep Oil is a blend of 22 essential oils and they are all botanical ingredients handpicked for their tranquil effects.

This signature sleep blend promises a relaxing and sleep-inducing benefit with proven calming effects. There are three distinct versions of lavender for you to pick — clary age, blue camomile, and frankincense. Simply dab a few drops on your pulse points about 15 minutes before you hit the bed.

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Skyrocket those magnesium levels

Are you having some restless nights? Aren’t able to fall asleep? Perhaps, magnesium could be the missing ingredient in your regimen. Magnesium works hand-in-hand with melatonin which is a sleep hormone to regulate neurotransmitters and calm the nervous system. Unfortunately, a lot of us don’t get enough of it from our diet and end up turning to supplements.

The good news is that it can be absorbed through your skin. The Nue Co Magnesium Ease is a magnesium-infused bath salt or spray to use before hitting the bed. Feeling a slight prick upon applying it? That’s a sign that your reserves are low and that this product is probably what you need. Consider it your sleep aid.

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Pour some Neroli Oil in your bath

Some of us like to take a quick shower right before we jump onto our bed but some of us prefer a warm bubble bath. A warm bath before at least an hour and a half before bed does trick your body into feeling drowsy, doesn’t it? Given that you prefer warm baths, this Czech & Speake Neroli Moisturising Bath & Body Oil could really dial up the indulgence.

It has a masculine fragrance with aromatic benefits to reduce stress and calm your soul. Infused with neroli, which has anxiety-reducing properties, this oil could be dripped as you’re running the bath and it could stimulate melatonin production — a key ingredient in offering sounder sleep. Consider it your go-to product for a luxurious bath that gives you that happy Friday feeling.

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Natural sleep supplements

The science of falling asleep is a complicated phenomenon for some of us. Having the right balance of hormone, chemicals, and condition is essential — and when one of them is off, it could lead to an uncomfortable restless night. Sometimes, we turn towards popping pills to take the easier route especially when we’re lazy to apply oils or face masks.

Why not take a more holistic approach with natural remedies that can do the same trick? Dr. Barbara Sturm Sleep Food capsules are made of natural active ingredients like Valerian and Purslane that help you unwind after a long day. These anti-oxidative extracts and vitamins promote the production of serotonin, dopamine, and GABA — all the things your brain requires to get that physical and mental peak. Simply take two tablets with water before you’re off the bed. Fret not, it’s vegan and gluten-free.

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