Are you getting enough rest? Is sleep a priority in your life? Do you consider sufficient sleep to be a primary beauty ingredient?
Ahh sleep … or asleep? – many of us do not get the required seven to eight hours of recommended shut-eye per night. We may try to get to bed at a decent time during the week, but often blow the schedule by staying up late on weekends and sleeping in. Our bodies require the same amount of sleep per day, so catching up or being sleep-deprived should be avoided.
We all know we look our best when we are well rested. Our skin is plumper, rosier and softer. Our HGH (human growth hormones) have been doing their repair jobs while we slept. If you have slept well there is little need for elaborate makeup in the morning. Certainly the euphemistic term for having had some work done is “she looks well rested!”. If you’ve been burning the midnight oil, everything seems to suffer. Your hair is limp or unruly, wrinkles or lines more prounced, skin dull. (That’s when dry shampoo, tinted moistuizers and cream blush come in handy!). Continuous sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain, memory problems, inattention, accidents, impaired judgement and more.
How do we ensure a good night’s sleep?
1. Have a bed time – even as an adult. Figure out when you need to get up. Go back eight hours. Bedtime!
2. Have a bedtime routine – face, teeth, jammies, book, sex
3. Reserve your bedroom for sleep and intimacy – ditch the clutter, dirty laundry and flatscreen
4. Make sure it smells nice – candles, incense, flowers
5. Regulate the temperature and light – cool & dark is preferrable with layered bedding
6. Invest in good sheets – high thread count cotton or bamboo
7. Your refuge from the world – leave others, work and our worries at the door
8. Exercise during the day – save the sleeping pills for rare occasions
9. Have a good bed – get the bed mattress, foundation and frame you can afford
10. Keep a pen & paper beside the bed – jot down any last minute worries that pop up so you can let them go safely
11. Close your eyes – you can’t force sleep, but you can try to attract it