Absolutely. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason.
Most of us sleep much less than we should, but sleep impacts our health and appearance in a big way.
Your body goes into repair mode when you sleep, this is when you detoxify & rejuvenate – all of your cells renew, including your skin. Between the hours of 10 pm to 2 am, you produce the highest amount of growth hormone which repairs cells and prevents premature aging. While most of us struggle staying asleep and getting the recommended amount of sleep per night, the ideal amount of sleep time is between 7-8 hours per night.
Here are a few tips that can help you getting your Beauty Sleep;
1. Your bedroom should be as dark as possible.
Turn off the TV. Your room should be as dark as possible – even the smallest light can disrupt your sleep and shut down melatonin production that is very important for a good night’s sleep.
2. Go easy on the caffeine.
Avoid drinking caffeine in the afternoon – caffeine is a stimulant that can keep you alert & awake.
3. Keep the Happy Hours short and sweet.
Avoid drinking alcohol. Sure, a couple of drinks can make you feel good but alcohol interferes with the normal sleep process. When you drink alcohol close to bedtime, you can go straight into deep sleep, missing the first stage of sleep called REM sleep. We usually have 6-7 cycles of REM sleep a night, but if you’ve been drinking, you probably will only have 1 or 2, meaning you will wake up feeling groggy and tired.
4. No late night snacks.
Avoid eating 2-3 hours before bed. Our bodies are designed to digest food sitting upright – lying down with a full stomach can reduce the quality and length of your sleep, making you sluggish and tired.
5. Try to get the same hours of sleep, even on the weekends.
Try to go to bed and get up around the same time, including weekends. Oversleeping can also lead to feeling groggy and tired.
6. Put your smartphones away.
Let go of that smart phone! Guilty as charged – I’m glued to my smartphone all the time for emails, instgram updates, twitter, facebook…. but once you are in bed, turn your phone into sleep mode – do it for your skin.
I know it’s easier said than done – Hey, we’re busy people. We’ve got things to do, people to see.
It’s hard to be in bed by 10 p.m. and do all of the above that will help you get a good night’s sleep, right?
Here’s a little K-beauty trick; Sleeping Masks (aka Sleeping Packs)!
These masks are very popular in Asia but are just breaking into the U.S. skincare scene, these cream masks you massage on in a thin layer and leave on overnight as you sleep!
While different brands offer different formulations, these masks aim to protect, nourish and hydrate your skin as if you’ve had a good night’s sleep.
In the morning, you simply wash it off to hydrated, glowing skin! Easy enough?
Have a Good Night,