iWell Natural’s sleeping and wellness products were created to put your sleeping problems to bed. Designed with high quality materials, and a personal handcrafted finish, their best-selling eye mask is packed with real lavender to help soothe you to sleep. Daphne Chee, the founder, had discovered that a well-designed eye mask and the relaxing scent of lavender was just what she needed to fall asleep better.
Daphne is a light sleeper, and when she started traveling a lot, it began to affect her health. As someone who was already sensitive to her surroundings, the ever changing environments caused her to suffer from physical and mental exhaustion. Now, with an immense understanding on the importance of sleep, Daphne is on a mission to help others rest and rejuvenate through iWell Natural.
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What are your best-sellers?
What makes your eye masks special?
We have 2 types of eye masks:
Lavender Eye Mask
- Filled with real Lavender buds to help improve sleep.
- We offer a variety of fabrics to choose from.
Rose Quartz Silk Eye Mask
- Filled with Rose Quartz crystals – the stone of love to help promote self -love, compassion and peace for a deeper sleep.
- Made from mulberry silk.
Each piece is handmade and provides a total blackout to create the darkness you need to tell your brain it’s time for bed.
What are the benefits of silk?
- Silk is similar to human skin cells – it is made up of a natural protein including fibroin and sericin (which is also found in our bodies) that helps support hydration and maintains our skin’s natural moisture level.
- The softness allows our skin to glide gently across it, helping prevent sleep creases and facial wrinkles.
- It is naturally cooling and acts as a regulator to ensure that our body maintains a comfortable temperature during sleep.
- Silk is hypoallergenic and a great alternative for those who suffer from allergies.
- As it is delicate, it reduces hair friction, and keeps our hair smooth and tame, helping prevent split ends, hair breakage, frizzy hair and even hair loss.
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You also sell silk hair ties, how damaging are ‘traditional’ hair ties?
Traditional hair ties often tug our hair, causing hair breakage and damage. I have thin and fine hair, so I found that silk hair ties are much more gentle when holding my delicate hair without snagging or breaking.
What self-care advice do you have as a brand that focuses on rest and rejuvenation?
Self-care is more than just putting on a facemask, it is also a reminder to check in on yourself and provide yourself with rest – mental rest, physical rest, creative and sensory rest, as well as spiritual rest. When I start to feel disconnected and anxious, I know it’s time to unplug – I’ll switch off my devices and get back to nature. Here are some more tips:
- Mental rest – Unplug from technology, reduce your busy workload, read a good book, play your favourite music or cook yourself a simple but nourishing meal.
- Physical rest – Getting good and adequate sleep is essential for our well-being. Take a nap if you need to.
- Creative and sensory rest – Taking a break from creative output can actually provide more inspiration. Go for a long walk in nature to get some fresh air, or try journaling.
- Spiritual rest – Realign with your sense of purpose. I personally pray, meditate, embrace selfless acts of kindness, or read literature that grounds me.
With a big focus on community and connection, iWell Natural encourages their customers to support other local brands from F&B businesses and lifestyle products to local talents, such as graphic designers and photographers. “It is important to support homegrown brands to help them sustain in our economy, as well as create more jobs and opportunities for other Malaysians”, says Daphne. Show your support for iWell Natural by shopping their products here and following them on social media!
We’ve all been there – scrolling through our phones with our eyes barely open after a long day of work. Another busy day awaits us in only a few hours, but we fight to stay awake for some well-deserved me time. Our jam-packed schedules show that these late-night hours are finally our time to relax, but this isn’t self-care – it’s actually an unhealthy form of procrastination. Self-care is supposed to leave us feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, but by doing this, we end up feeling even more depleted the next day. This self-sabotaging behaviour is called Revenge Bedtime Procrastination
Revenge Bedtime Procrastination is a common occurrence among busy parents or caregivers, overworked students or employees, and people with anxiety or poor time management skills. It’s their way of ‘getting revenge’ for not having time for themselves during the day. They prioritise me time over sleep time for a sense of freedom and control. We all deserve a break, but these pauses should help us restore our energy not contribute to our burnout. Here’s how you can break this bad bedtime habit:
- Set a sleep time
As adults, we’re recommended to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep. Set a bedtime and a wake up time that meets this goal, and stick to this schedule as much as possible.
- Establish a wind down routine
You should be getting ready for sleep at least an hour before bedtime. Avoid using any devices during this time, and instead engage in more relaxing activities, such as reading, meditating, journaling or listening to a podcast.
- Take breaks during the day
When planning your day, don’t forget to schedule in time for breaks. Keep them short, around 15 to 20 minutes excluding meal times, but also make them frequent after short bursts of work, around 50 to 90 minutes.
We should be getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night in order to function at our optimal level. Not enough sleep can affect your overall health, so focus on setting boundaries and breaks during the day itself. You’ll also be able to experience control and freedom, while still feeling renewed and focused, by planning your time properly.
Sleep hygiene isn’t exactly brushing your teeth or changing your sheets, although those are healthy hygiene practices, the National Sleep Foundation describes it as the habits needed for good nighttime sleep quality and full daytime alertness. So if you spend more time tossing and turning at night, and feeling sleepy during the day, it’s time for some better bedtime habits. Here a few changes you can make to your sleep routine to help you fall asleep on time and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start the day:
- Start a regular sleep schedule
You should be going to bed and waking up at the same time every day (yes, even on weekends). According to the National Sleep Foundation, one of the most important sleep hygiene practices is to have the right amount of sleep – not too little or too much, recommending a sleep range of 7 to 9 hours for adults. If you still feel like napping, keep it short between 20 to 30 minutes.
- Build a night time routine
This will help your body recognize that it’s time for bed. Try a relaxing skincare regimen (jade roll away your worries), and swap screen time for reading or journaling, and late night exercise for something more soothing, like stretching and meditating. See it as your self-care ritual – a well-deserved way to unwind after a long, busy day, but try not to treat yourself to any heavy meals or caffeine before bed.
- Create a calming sleep environment
The right atmosphere will have you drifting off to dreamland with ease. Start by investing in a good mattress and pillows – these, and a proper sleeping position, will allow you to sleep comfortably throughout the night and wake up without feeling stiff or sore. Set the temperature according to your needs and turn off all the lights (screens included) – if you’re sensitive to the morning light, consider a sleep mask or blackout curtains. You can also add to the ambience by playing white noise and using essential oils in a humidifier – lavender is known to be a natural sleep aid.