Sleep is nature’s way of restoring and recharging both mind and body for a new day. It supports brain function, emotional wellbeing, and it’s not called beauty sleep for nothing; sleep really is the best anti-ageing treatment there is, helping to restore brightness to your skin.
When it comes to your beauty routine, sleep may be the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth. Your body repairs itself and recovers while you snooze, and that leads to a long list of benefits for your looks. The key is to get enough of that longed-for quality sleep- 7 to 9 hours each night.
If you’re one of the 1 in 5 who feel unusually tired, or 1 in 10 who have prolonged fatigue*, here are five wonderful and natural tips to help you drift off and wake up refreshed. Even if you’re not in those categories, we can all use a little help every now and then.
1 – Switch off
The urge to check in last thing at night is hard to fight, but resist and you should sleep sounder for it. Research has shown that using a smart device before bed can disrupt the body’s production of melatonin, negatively affecting sleep. Try unplugging a couple of hours before bed, or better still, for a full 24 hours for a mini digital detox.
2 – Unwind with lavender
Lavender is an excellent way of helping you to relax at bedtime. Either pop a few drops of essential oil onto a tissue or your pillow, or unwind in a warm bath infused with a herbal infusion or aromatic foaming bath, a timeless favourite for good reason. A weekly aromatherapy massage has been shown to really help too.
3 – Enjoy a herbal night cap
Another great option to help you sleep is a cup of herbal tea hawthorn and chamomile are renowned for their soothing snooze-enhancing powers for a ready to go blend. Sweet dreams.
4 – Exercise
Physical activity can help boost a good night’s sleep – but only if it’s the right kind of exercise. Walking, cycling, gardening, aerobics, yoga/Pilates, even weight-lifting, have all been shown to help improve sleep. However, while physically demanding, housework and childcare don’t help. This may be because they involve focussing on other people and things, while the other activities all allow you to ‘let go’.
5 – Try the 4-7-8 technique
Breathe in through your nose for a count of four. Hold for a count of seven. Breathe out through your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat three times.
If you’re getting fewer than 6 hours, it’s likely affecting your appearance, says Michael Breus, PhD, a board-certified sleep specialist. Start getting 1 to 3 more hours of Zzz’s, and you could see some improvement in as little as a day. Keep it up, and “within 2 to 3 weeks, people will notice that you’re sleeping better by the way you look,” Breus says.
Here are three of the benefits of getting enough sleep:
1. Fewer Wrinkles
Skin makes new collagen when you sleep, which prevents sagging. “That’s part of the repair process,” says Patricia Wexler, MD, a dermatologist in New York. More collagen means skin is plumper and less likely to wrinkle.
Only getting 5 hours a night can lead to twice as many fine lines as sleeping 7 would. It also leaves skin drier, which can make lines more visible, Wexler says.
2. A Glowing Complexion
Your body boosts blood flow to the skin while you snooze, which means you wake to a healthy glow. Skimp on sleep and your complexion can look drab, ashen, or lifeless.
“Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin surrounding your face,” Breus says. “Skin becomes dull, and you don’t get those rosy cheeks anymore.”
3. Brighter, Less Puffy Eyes
Chances are, you’ve had dark circles or bags under your eyes after a night of too few Zzz’s.
“Puffy eyes are one of the first things we see when we don’t sleep,” says Doris Day, MD, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center. Get enough shut-eye and you’ll have less puffiness under your eyes
Stay well-hydrated and elevate your head with an extra pillow at night, too. That can also help reduce swelling.
All three of these can be helped along with the use of beauty sleep products, such as Beauty Sleep concentrate.
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