Getting A Good Night’s Sleep: My Bedside Table Essentials

Sleep doesn’t just help us look our best, but it’s vital for maintaining good mental and physical health. A good night’s sleep allows the brain to take in new information and strengthen our memories, as well as having a positive impact on our mood, energy level and ability to concentrate. However, if we don’t get a good rest every night it can affect your work, cause relationship problems and make it difficult to complete simple tasks. It’s crucial to our health that we learn to sleep well and take the time to recoup from our busy lives when the sun goes down. However, if you suffer from interrupted or limited sleep then there are a few measures you can take to ensure you’re prepared. I keep a little box on my bedside table of all the things I need to help me off to the land of nod, so I thought I’d share with you my nighttime routine.

1. Light A Candle 
Setting the mood is essential for when you slip beneath the covers. I always have a candle on my bedside table that I light an hour before I want to get into bed, as the delicate scent will fill the air and help to relax my senses. Anything that contains lavender will help you to drift off, but I also find rose extremely comforting. Just avoid citrus or floral notes that will refreshen and awaken your senses – the last thing you want when you’re about to get into bed! 

2. Soothe The Senses
I’ve been using drops of Bach’s Rescue Night Remedy for a couple of years now, which can be dropped straight onto the tongue about thirty minutes before you want to drift off. It helps to relax you and put your mind into a state that is susceptible to sleep. I’ve also been trying Aromatherpy Associates new Relaxing Balm, which can be applied to the pulse and pressure points; the delicate balm contains chamomile and sandlewood to help soothe the mind.

3. Hydrate Your Extremities
If my lips feel dry or my hands are tight, it really stops me from drifting off. I always have a little tube of Burt’s Bees lipbalm and L’Occitane hand cream for nighttime emergencies, as well as using a little before I get into bed to ensure I don’t wake up feeling uncomfortable. Both of these have a very natural scent and texture too, preventing anything too strong from waking you up once you catch a sniff.

4. Block Out Noise
I can’t recommend wearing ear plugs enough. If you’re a light sleeper, or just going through a period when you can be awoken easily, then ear plugs will help block out any noise that can irritate you. They’re also great for when you wake in the middle of the night and find it hard to switch off again; they allow you to focus only on falling asleep, rather than the smallest sound you’d normally ignore. I have 100% better sleep when I wear them!

What do you keep on your bedside table to ensure you get a great night’s sleep?



  1. Brittany Seel
    March 20, 2014 / 2:47 pm

    I really struggle sleeping sometimes so I will definitely be trying some of these products 🙂 I always make sure I have a candle and I try and have a green tea just before I get in bed which seems to help too.Bea xBea's Beauty Blog

  2. Carly Jade
    March 20, 2014 / 4:16 pm

    I don't really have anything in particular on my bedside table – a selection of hand creams, and my Pomegranate Burts Bees lipbalm! I really ought to invest in some sort of relaxing candle/room mist because lately I've been having awful sleeps!I love my Lumie light in the evening though, I turn it onto the sunset setting and it's perfect for relaxing into bed as the light slowly dims!

  3. Marina Álvarez
    March 20, 2014 / 5:34 pm

    Hi hi! Now following you on Twitter 🙂 great work

  4. Anna Maria
    March 21, 2014 / 7:19 am

    Love this post and is very true, need a good night sleep to be able to function properly. Great ideas here hun thanks xxAnna-Maria |

  5. Aerin Downs
    March 21, 2014 / 2:39 pm

    I need a new lipbalm! Im dying over the Nuxe reve de miel 🙂 I would love it as a night time lip balm. I also love bedsprays xx I have one from body shop! xxBerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

  6. Tiny Sanders
    April 6, 2014 / 8:35 am

    I've only just discovered your blog and I really like it! Whenever I light candles I get a feeling that they take away some oxygen. Also I don't like the smell of a blown out candle. Do you still keep it in the room? Have you ever tried a pillow spray instead? Love from Belgium!

    • Hayley Carr
      April 6, 2014 / 10:30 am

      Candles will never take out enough oxygen to make a difference. And it's better to invest in a good quality candle that won't smoke – as well as ensuring you maintain your candle effectively. I wrote a post on candle maintenance which you should check out!

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