Beauty Sleep

Everyone knows that nutrition and exercise are important to our internal and external health but sleep is the one crucial element people tend to forget.

We are living in a stressful society that is constantly working and moving, which is leaving many of us sleep deprived. This deprivation can cause an immune system breakdown, which leads to disease and illness.

Sleep refreshes and nourishes our bodies, repairing our insides and keeping our skin youthful. Dermatologists suggest using your most active skin creams before bed and after removing your make-up. Yes, remove your make-up! Even if you’re using natural minerals and have a clear complexion! The skin under your eyes is so sensitive and delicate that fine lines will eventually form leading to heavy wrinkles as you age. Keeping your skin hydrated before bed will help avoid puffy and bloodshot eyes along with dark-under eye circles and a pale-washed out complexion.

How much sleep should you be getting each night? Researchers have come to agree upon 8 solid hours. If you can’t find time in your busy schedule to fit in 8 hours then it’s important that the hours you do get are the best they can be.

Below are some tips on how to get your ultimate beauty sleep.

  • Exercise every single day. Okay, I know, who has time to work out every single day? But even 20 minutes of walking can help keep stress hormones from interfering with your sleep so try and park farther away from your daily destinations. Save the valet for your nights out!

  • Avoid large meals just before bedtime because an active digestive system can disrupt your sleep. Instead, try some decaffeinated tea to sooth and relax your body.

  • Your atmosphere plays a huge role in how you sleep. Minimize light, noise and temperature extremes. If you’re scared of the dark, try a very soft night light, don’t use a muted television due to the continuous flashing light.

  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine, alcohol or other stimulants within four hours of bedtime.

  • Make sure your bed sheets are clean and smell great. Spraying a linen spray on your pillow before you lie down will start the relaxation process quicker.

  • Quit thinking about yesterdays problems and tomorrows events. I know this is hard to do, but you need to allow your brain to rest too.

  • Try to wake up at the same time every morning, even on the weekends. This will set your internal clock, making it much easier for you to fall asleep each night.

  • Do not nap during the day. Napping during the day will throw off your body clock and make it even more difficult to sleep at night. If you absolutely must nap, be sure to sleep for less than 30 minutes, and try and make it earlier in the day.

  •  Check your iron level. Iron deficient women tend to have more problems sleeping so if your blood is iron poor, a supplement might help your health and your ability to sleep.