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Guest Blog: Corinne Evans

I love my sleep and with the prospect of countless sleepless nights on the horizon as prepare to embark on motherhood, I'm aware now more than ever how important it is to get a good night's sleep. While we sleep our body heals and rejuvenates and in my case, I am pretty sure it's when my baby does all it's growing.

Thankfully I have never been someone to struggle with sleep until now that is. Pregnancy has played havoc on my body and now it's starting to affect my sleep, I am sure as I get into the final stages this will only get harder, so I have to focus more of time and energy on ways to improve my sleep before the baby arrives.

I've been trying and testing out some new method of getting to sleep and have found that my pre-bedtime routine to be the biggest contributor to whether I have a decent night's sleep. If I go straight from looking at my phone, TV or laptop to be, without washing my make up off or having a bath I can guarantee it will take me a while to drift off. So I try to dedicate 30 minutes before bed to myself. I don't look at my phone, TV and turn off any sound. I try to really switch off. I'll light some candles and dim the lights to create a wonderful calming atmosphere. This is how I like to begin my pre-sleep routine.

Another thing I love to do is drink a cup of freshly brewed chamomile tea, I find this warm and soothing beverage a perfect accompaniment to my pre-bedtime skincare routine, it makes me feel like I'm sat in a luxury spa, rather than at home.

Now depending on the time I either love to have a soak in the bath with the Livinf Sea Therapy calming bath salts and bath soak or if I am pushed for time I will opt for a face scrub and moisturise with body butter.

I have found the ingredients in the Living Sea Therapy products really help with my relaxation. The vitamins in the seaweed really evoke a sense of calm through my body and the lavender pure essential oils helpprepare my body and mind for sleep.

My advice to anyone struggling with their sleep is to make the time to unwind. Don't rush going to bed and allow yourself an hour to focus on yourself and relax your mind.

My top tips for a better night's sleep:

Ditch the technology.

Don't look at your phone or any type of screen for at least 30 minutes before bed. Allow your brain time to switch off.

Try herbal tea.
Natural is always best. Try a variety of teas out to see which one works for you.

Try the Sea Spaghetti & Shea Body Butter
The Frankincense in the butter has a wonderful effect on the mind and body. I personally find it calms my mood and allows me to relax.