Our bodies are made up of deeply complex (magnificent) systems that need to be taken care of holistically. Sleep is ONE of the many important ingredients that goes into creating healthy looking/feeling skin.
Sometimes it may seem like there aren’t enough hours in a day, so we put sleep on the back-burner to accomplish “more important” things… but sleep is SO IMPORTANT!
Sleep is not only important for our skin, but also for our overall health and longevity. Check out the following information and tips in order to maximize your science-knowledge and sleeping habits.
1) Studies show that people who don’t get enough sleep have significantly more visible signs of aging, less skin elasticity, and low satisfaction in their overall outlook on appearance.
2) In the same studies, “good sleepers” (those getting the adequate 7-9 hours of sleep per night) had much lower visible signs of aging. With better sleep leading to better skin and mood, their overall perception of their physical body was far kinder than people who got 5 hours of sleep per night, or less.
3) Signs of sleep deprivation are immediately evident in your skin and on your face. Dark circles under your eyes, paler looking skin, dehydrated skin, and deeper lines and creases are some effects that occur even after a single night without enough sleep.
4) In the long run, lack of sleep is also responsible for slower wound healing, lower collagen growth, hydration in skin, bumpy textured skin, lower levels of confidence and poor mental health.
WHAT IS GOOD SLEEP?
Getting “good sleep” means getting 7-9 hours of sleep per day. Sleep gives your body the chance to slow down and repair itself naturally.
If you are not getting enough sleep, most likely, you could benefit from some “better habits…”
TIPS ON GETTING BETTER SLEEP:
1) Set up a sleep schedule. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Our bodies get used to “cycles,” and by sticking to the same sleeping times, you reinforce your body’s ability to conform to a sufficient sleep-wake cycle.
2) If you can’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, get out of bed and do something relaxing like reading or listening to soothing music. Get up and do something relaxing for a bit, then try again.
3) Avoid large meals right before bedtime. Many sources state that you shouldn’t eat large meals after 6:00pm. Also, don’t go to bed “hungry,” find your happy medium and stick to it.
4) Alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine negatively affect sleeping patterns. Nicotine and caffeine stimulation takes hours to wear off, and alcohol disrupts how deeply you sleep.
5) Help yourself relax before bedtime by taking a bath, reading a calming book, using breathwork and meditation techniques.
6) Avoid using light-emitting screens before bedtime (put down your phone and power-off your television). Exposure to light makes it more difficult to fall asleep and checking a “work-related-email” will surely add to your list of worries before bed.
7) Many of you are already exercising daily. Keep it up! Getting good exercise every day is extremely important for a good night’s rest. Another tip for restful sleep is to make sure some of your daily exercise takes place outside. Soak up the sun, breath in the fresh air, and enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature!
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