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Beauty Sleep is for Real

Updated: Nov 23, 2018


Beauty sleep isn’t a myth. You can easily tell a well-rested face from a tired and sleep deprived one. We’ve all been there. But for some reason beauty sleep gets a bad rap and people often deem getting a good dose of daily sleep as being lazy or spoilt.


Good sleep is just as important as a good diet and exercise and it's intrinsically linked to good health. It’s part of the puzzle that so many people seem to let slip due to busier lifestyle choices.


While quantity of sleep is important (for adults, seven to eight hours every night according to Healthline), quality of sleep is as vital. Here are some great habits to adopt that will help you achieve more sound and healthier sleep patterns:


Dinner curfew – Eat at least three hours before bedtime. The digestive process after eating can disrupt sleep and lead to a night of unsettled tossing and turning.


Go to bed at the same time every day – A regular bedtime will help you acquire a regular circadian rhythm (your body clock), which works wonders on your increasing general good health, including good quality sleep, keeping weight down, lower stress levels, and a healthier digestive system. Try waking up at the same time too every day.


No alcohol before bedtime – While a good glass of pinot can induce sleep it does not do well for holding it. As little as two drinks may cause you to have a restless sleep.


Lights out - Turn off the TV or smart devices at least two hours before bedtime. The blue light emitted from these devices is a stimulant and keeps the brain active making it more difficult to fall asleep. Dim the lights around the house close to bedtime or use lighting with a yellow tone (similar to a fireplace) as this will help to put the body in a natural state ready for rest.


Make sure your bed is comfy – An obvious one, but you should have room to stretch and turn easily. Comfortable breathable sheets are also important. A clean and tidy bedroom also contributes to a more restful sleep.


Don’t study or do work on your bed – If you associate your bed with work it will be harder to wind down and relax in it. Keep your bed as a sanctuary for sleep (and sex) only.


Cut down on caffeine – try to refrain from caffeine after 2pm in the afternoon. This will give your body plenty of time to recover from the stimulating effects of caffeine for bedtime.


Reduce stress and anxiety – It’s probably better said than done, but worry is one of the biggest causes of poor quality sleep today. You need to get a handle on stress and manage your thoughts. Stress and lack of sleep and can compound on each other and lead you down the path to bad health. Regular exercise, deep breathing, yoga, meditation, having healthy relationships and a nutritious balanced diet can all help with reducing stress levels.


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