My book 222 Ways to Trick Yourself to Sleep explains why a warm bath can help you sleep (yes, of course it’s relaxing but it’s all to do with the drop in core body temperature you experience when you get out of the tub which is what actually works its magic on your sleep system. It’s fascinating, and I explain it all in the book).
But without further adieu, here’s what to put into the bath so it works its sleep-inducing seduction even better!
L’Occitane Lavande Foaming Bath, £26, uk.loccitane.com
It’s a sun-kissed field of lavender flowers in Provence captured in a bottle of bathly bliss. A little goes a really long way – just a couple of tablespoons fills the water with bountiful bubbles that sparkle and burst forth their soothing, heady fragrance as you soak slowly in the tub.
Jane Scrivner Peace Body Bath Oil, £33, www.janescrivner.com
Gentle enough to apply directly to your body before you immerse yourself in a bath; or equally lovely drizzled into warm bath water, where the 100% natural oils of sweet orange, myrrh and elemi unlock their scent, allowing you to inhale a sense of calm and comfort – you’re at peace with the world.
Clarins Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate, £21, clarins.co.uk
Especially lovely if your limbs are feeling tired, this blue bath tonic is bursting with aromatic essential oils of basil and petit grain, that send your scent-senses singing. And its soporific, mind-calming effects are further enhanced by a blend of St John’s Wort and valerian extracts added to the mix.
Elemental Herbology Water Soothe Bath & Body Oil, £28, www.elementalherbology.com
This gorgeously scented bath and body oil is blessed with essential oils of lavender (to promote sleep), plus ylang ylang and rose damask – both said to not only relax the body but the mind, too, promoting feelings of positivity, happiness and hope (and as my book will tell you – having this sort of mindset makes it easier to fall asleep!)
Botanicals Deep Peace Mineral Soak, from £12.50, www.botanicals.co.uk
Send yourself to spa-land with these pretty pink Himalayan mineral crystals laced with organic sandalwood and sweet orange oils (which smell just exquisite) and help lift your mood and send any worries soaring skyward in the steam of a warm bath. Meanwhile you’re soaking in a blend of plenty of essential minerals which are relaxing your limbs so you’re ready for bed.
Yardley English Lavender Luxury Body Wash, £6, www.yardleylondon.co.uk
So, officially, it’s a body wash, but it works just as well squeezed into a bedtime bath. A blend of relaxing lavender extract and moisturising borage and rosehip oils, it has the added zing of notes of eucalyptus (to clear your head), geranium and calming chamomile.
I hope you enjoyed my sleection of bath oils and foams to help you sleep. Don’t forget to take a look at my book 222 Ways to Trick Yourself to Sleep for lots of scientifically backed tips that can help you get to sleep more easily.