AFTER a year of living with uncertainty in lockdown, it’s no wonder many of us are struggling to sleep.
So why not take inspiration from your star sign and find the perfect formula to help you relax and drift off into a slumber?
Whether you like to sleep surrounded by crystals or with aromatherapy oils in the air, bed specialist Time4Sleep has teamed up with astrologist, Lisa Stardust, to reveal how your sleeping habits are connected to your zodiac.
Lisa has revealed the top tips to follow in your pursuit of eight hours of rest – or eleven (we’re looking at you Pisces!)
Aries: Be full of gratitude
20 March–18 April
Hours of sleep needed: 6-7
As a fiery Aries fixated on trying to achieve perfection in all aspects of life, you may fall short when it comes to restful sleep as it can be difficult to quieten your mind.
To bring a sense of calm to an Aries’ sleep routine, Lisa suggests taking time to reflect on your day, specifically being mindful of gratitude: “Writing a gratitude list before bed will help the ram learn to appreciate their lives and not take anything for granted.
"It’ll also ground their tenacious spirit and help them chill out before bedtime.”
An Aries’ interior style is important too and matching their fiery personality to their room of rest is key.
Lisa adds: “Their sheets and bedroom should be flamboyant and full of bright colours, all of which will tame their rambunctious spirit.”
Taurus: Oils will calm the bull
19 April-19 May
Hours of sleep needed: 8-10
To keep the bull behind the Taurus sign feeling zen, a solid night’s sleep is essential.
As Lisa explains: “They have a cosmic reputation of being the earthy and hedonistic sign.
"This means that they need their 8-10 hours of rest, otherwise they’re not fun to be around.”
To guarantee a well-rested Taurus, a space of pure relaxation is the number one priority so it’s time to treat yourself to some essential oils and read up on the art of aromatherapy.
Lisa adds: “Aromatherapy helps this Venusian babe fall asleep. Essences of lavender and rose will decompress their body, minds, and spirits.
"The scents will take them to new intoxicated levels that will allow them to sleep for many hours. “
Gemini: It’s time to let your social media sleep too
20 May-19 June
Hours of sleep needed: 8
Geminis are often overwhelmed and overworked so this is your nudge to take time back for yourself!
Lisa says: “This air sign takes on more than they can chew — mostly because they think they can do the work of two people (after all, they are a twin sign). This means that they rarely get a full night’s sleep.”
We know it can be challenging to switch off but it’s crucial for a Gemini to leave all electronic devices outside of the bedroom and reduce their late night screen time.
Lisa adds: “Their minds can get overstimulated easily when they are exhausted, which is why turning off their phones at least an hour before bed and leaving them switched off until the morning is best.
"This avoids the temptation to glance at the screen during the night.”
Cancer: In tune with the Moon
20 June-21 July
Hours of sleep needed: 6-8
The true night owl of the star signs, a Cancer thrives in the darkness and is ultimately ruled by the Moon.
To explain the Moon’s role in their sleep routine, Lisa says: “The sleep cycles of a Cancer will harmonise with the rhythms of the Moon.
It’s important for them to track the lunar cycles and to align with their energy.”
To help you align your energy with the Moon, Lisa suggests recreating the night sky in the bedroom: “They’ll also prefer black out curtains to ensure they sleep in utter darkness when in bed (which resembles sleeping under the night sky).”
This tip also comes in handy for power naps as the crab sign can find difficulty in achieving a full night’s sleep.
Leo: Tea will tame the lion
22 July-21 August
Hours of sleep needed: 10
Leos are powerful lions and boy can they be fiery!
To tame the passionate star sign for sleep, Lisa suggests that time for mindfulness and a calming interior style is key: “Meditation can help tame the fiery sentiments and passions of Leo before bed.
"Not only that, but this will enable them to have a moment of relaxation and reprise from the high energy they bring to the day. Champagne-coloured sheets and velvet throw blankets will prove to be divine for the lion.”
To master the ten hours of sleep that the lion Leo can achieve (lucky you!), a trip to the herbal tea aisle is in order.
Lisa reveals this is the key to unlocking a deep sleep.
She adds: “A hot cup of herbal tea will be ideal for Leo to take the edge off their busy day before sleeping.
"Once they find their chill core, they will sleep for ten hours straight. After all, being the regal ruler of the jungle is exhausting. “
Virgo: Leave your thoughts on paper
22 August-21 September
Hours of sleep needed: 7-8
Well-known as the analytical sign, a Virgo’s mind will run wild as they are constantly aware of the world around them.
To disconnect, Lisa advises that a pen and paper will become your best friend: “Virgos live their lives in their heads.
"Journaling their sentiments before bed will allow them to disconnect from their emotions and thoughts. This regimen will help them find clarity and resolve before bedtime.”
With a clear routine at the top of a Virgo’s wishlist, a simplistic bedroom space combined with daily journaling is your match made in heaven.
Lisa notes: “Because Virgos love routines, they will be inclined to take their journaling to the next level and carry this activity with them throughout the day.
"When it comes to the decor of their bedroom, they prefer simple and uncluttered spaces that aren’t overwhelming to the mind.”
To feed a space of simplicity, design expert and director at Time4Sleep, Jonathan Warren suggests: “A Rattan bed would be the perfect centrepiece for a Virgo’s room as the simple yet classic design can be accentuated with colourful accessories or left to stand out on it’s own.
"This bed also adds a touch of luxury, incorporating the French-style design.”
Libra: Luxury self care is essential
22 September-21 October
Hours of sleep needed: 8
Calling all Libras! Surround yourself with luxury and start with your sheets. Lisa says: “Being ruled by Venus, the planet of indulgence, they feel at one with the universe when luxuriating in bed with their fine linens, in their fancy pyjamas.
"They should opt for pastel hues and shades of cream in their boudoir to help them harmonise with the rhythms of the universe while sleeping”.
To elevate a Libra’s harmony, it’s time to step up your night time routine and treat yourself.
Lisa suggests: “They shouldn’t skimp on their pre-bedtime routine. In fact, brushing their hair and putting on a nice headband to ensure that their hair doesn’t rub on their face while they’re sleeping is a good idea.
"They’ll also enjoy indulging in a beautiful silk eye mask to wear while sleeping.”
If there was ever a time to self indulge for a better night’s sleep, it’s now.
Scorpio: Tune into your psychic abilities
22 October-20 November
Hours of sleep needed: 8-10
As lucid dreamers, Scorpio’s can learn to harness their psychic abilities for a dreamy sleep and tuning into your psyche is simple!
Lisa says: “It’s important that they dream journal to see if there is a connection between their psychic sentiments (which are shown to them in their slumber) and their day-to-day life.
"They may find that there is, which will give them the confidence to trust the visions being shown to them in their slumber.”
With psychic abilities uncovered, it’s important to prioritise tranquility in the bedroom.
Lisa suggests: “Scorpios function best when they have 8-10 hours of rest. They’ll be restful in rooms with deep red hues and a vintage appeal.”
Sagittarius: Surround yourself with shades of purple
21 November-20 December
Hours of sleep needed: 5
We know you don’t need a full night’s sleep but it’s time to block the bad vibes and take control, Sagittarius!
Lisa says: “A few hours here and there is enough rest to satisfy the globe trotting sign.
"But, when they do sleep, the cosmic defender keeps one eye open to ensure that they don’t get attacked by an enemy while in their slumber (or receive an upsetting text message).”
Don’t fret if you’re unsure how to reduce this tension before bedtime because Lisa has the answer: “Surrounding themselves with shades of purple will help to relax them and send them off to sleep (it’s their lucky colour).
"It’ll also ensure nightmare-free dreams and solid sleep. Placing an amethyst crystal by their bed will ensure that they receive the protection needed while they rest.”
Sleeping surrounded by crystals? Sounds like a dream…
Capricorn: Naps will become your best friend
21 December-19 January
Hours of sleep needed: 7 (with a 30 minute power nap)
The star sign that never stops, Capricorn’s always give 100 per cent.
This inability to rest and recharge means that naps will be your best friend as Lisa suggests: “It’s no secret that they find resolve in resting their lovely bones in bed after a hard day’s work.
"They need a full night’s sleep as well as one long nap in the middle of the day to help them unwind.”
Want to ensure an even deeper sleep? Treat yourself to a lepidolite crystal as Lisa notes: “Placing a lepidolite crystal underneath the pillow or bed will help the sea-goat find a moment of chill before and during sleep.
"This will allow them to drift off into a lovely slumber that will last hours.”
Some may say ‘green with envy’, but this is the shade you need to unlock serenity.
Lisa says: “Also, a snuggly blanket in a green hue will give them solace and comfort in dreamland.”
Aquarius: The secret is a spa evening
20 January-18 February
Hours of sleep needed: 9
As the air and water sign, Aquarians are most relaxed in water and Lisa advises going one step further with spa treatments: “They like to unwind by soaking their feet in a warm water massager or having their feet rubbed with intoxicating essential oils. They’ll even enjoy a leg rub too.”
To mimic the feeling of sleeping on clouds (sounds like bliss!) Lisa highlights the importance of neutral tones in the bedroom: “Light grey and cream colours are soothing for Aquarius to rest their energies and float off into another realm.
"It’ll also allow them to feel as though they’re floating amongst the clouds at night.”
To feed the need for neutrals, Jonathan suggests: “A plush ottoman bed in a neutral cream colour would be a great match for Aquarians. Be sure to opt for a frame made from a soft woven fabric that is smooth to the touch, to replicate sleeping on a cloud.”
Pisces: Sleep in a deep blue sea
19 February-19 March
Hours of sleep needed: 11
Stressful day? A long, sound sleep is what every Pisces needs as Lisa reveals: “They often get lost in their dreamworld (because it doubles as an escape from the mundane world), which is why they require extra hours of sleep than the other zodiac signs.”
Noted as the zodiac sign that requires those extra hours, Lisa provides some top tips to relax and recharge: “A healing bath with Epsom salt and lavender will melt away the layers of stress Pisces have and allow them to have a more sound sleep."
In your bedroom, replicate the ocean to drift off peacefully. Lisa says: “Blues and lavenders will make them feel chill and calm, as they will be reminded of their home (the ocean) and find resolve in being in the midst of the beauty of the sea.”
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