Hello and welcome to our editorial series Bedtime Beauty Stories. It’s a space for talented individuals to share how they get ready for slumber, including ways to wind down, nighttime beauty rituals and go-to remedies for falling asleep.
She may be the queen of the yoga matt, but Sjana Elise also has her bedtime routine in tip top condition. It’s simple, and is more about the vitamins and minerals she puts into her body, rather than the topical treatments and supplements so many of us have become accustomed to. They’re more like an added bonus.
Unsurprisingly, she also loves a pre-bed stretch – because you really can never get enough yoga in your life.
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Take us through your night-time beauty routine…
My night time beauty routine is rather simple compared to most I’d say!
I keep the lights dim (usually just use candles and a salt lamp at night), so I get tired quickly and early. I have a shower, brush my teeth and jump in bed. A good night’s sleep helps me to wake up with my whole body feeling refreshed and nourished.
Do you take any supplements or sleep-aids?
When it comes to nutrition and nutrients, I aim to eat as many different natural colours as possible (fruit, vegetables, nuts & seeds, legumes) which ensures I am getting majority of my nutrients from whole-foods.
Little additional extras I love are things like having 1-2 brazil nuts each morning (selenium), I love adding medicinal mushrooms and zinc drops to my morning hot choccy or smoothie bowls, hemp seeds for Omega 3’s and 6’s and I’m a big fan of sea-vegetables aka seaweed (the nori sheets you use for wrapping sushi are one of my favourite things to mindlessly nibble on).
I don’t often have any trouble falling asleep.. I am normally so exhausted after an energy-packed day that I feel like I start dreaming the moment my head hits the pillow.
What’s the first thing you do to wind down before bed?
The first thing I do to unwind before bed is shower and slip into something cosy and comfortable. I’ve been loving the new ‘Move to Snooze’ set from Koala and Nimble lately which I wear while doing some gentle stretches help to relieve any tension that’s built up during the day.
I find it’s great for reducing stress and improving blood flow, helping instil a sense of calm before getting into bed.
And the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
I get myself into a comfy position and do some meditation to calm my body and slow my mind. I find that having a comfortable mattress to sink into at the end of the day is so important for unwinding. It has a huge impact on my sleep quality.
Then I do some deep breathing exercises which sends messages to my brain that it’s time to go to sleep and also helps slow my heart rate down. I fall asleep so quickly doing this.
What’s your stance on technology before bed?
I’m a big believer in reducing screen-exposure before bed. The light emitted increases alertness, which is the opposite of what you want when you’re ready for bed.
Plus, technology can be like a vortex that sucks you in. I try to put my phone to bed about an hour before I go to bed, in another room or far away from my bed, so I don’t get tempted.
Do you have a preferred or go-to late night snack (if any)?
Not really.. I always listen to my body. I don’t find I am a late-night-snack kind of person. Usually a cup of tea or some raw nuts or fruit would do the trick if I am feeling peckish.
What time do you usually hop into bed?
My bedtime varies based on what I did during the day and what I have on the next day. I normally aim to be in bed before 9pm, but that ends up being 10pm in reality (oops!).
And if my body is telling me to go to bed earlier, I listen to it (an early night is such a treat). Staying in routine, sleeping as early as possible, and rising with the sun are all wonderful things to me.
What do you sleep on?
I’ve had the new Koala ‘Calm As Mattress’ for a while now and it’s an actual DREAM! (pun intended).The design actually reflects the Australian landscape which I think is really cool. I’m a big fan of spending time in nature, so the more the merrier.
What do you do if you can’t drift off or have trouble sleeping – do you have a go-to fix?
I’ve found that problems with falling asleep more often than not actually stems from poor sleep hygiene. So rearranging and prioritising a bedtime routine, helps reduce issues with getting to sleep.
And the little things seem to make the biggest difference: reducing screen-time at night, avoiding caffeine after 3pm if you usually consume it et cetera. One of the biggest things that has helped me is investing in a mattress that is suuuperrr comfortable and actually suited to MY body and preferences.
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