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The Truth Behind Getting Your Beauty Sleep
We often talk about getting our “beauty sleep,” but there is a surprising amount of truth in the old phrase. It turns out that how much you sleep can directly affect how you look and feel, both short- and long-term. Here’s how your slumber is linked with your appearance, and how to catch more z’s—such as running sleep-monitoring apps and investing in blackout shades—so you are as gorgeous as ever, inside and out.
More Than Skin Deep
It’s no secret insomnia makes you look and feel tired. After a night of tossing and turning, you might be grouchy, sluggish, and struggle to focus. What’s more, sleep is a health essential. In fact, getting enough sleep can mean functioning with a clearer mind, reducing your risk for accidents, and enjoying a more positive mood. It also improves immune function and keeps your heart and brain healthier.
If you’re feeling tired, consider monitoring your sleep so you can make adjustments. Thanks to technology, this is easy with devices like the brand-new Apple Watch Series 5. You can turn it into a sleep tracker using apps like Sleep Watch, AutoSleep Tracker, or Sleep Tracker++. There’s also the Fitbit Versa Lite, which can track phases of both light and deep sleep. Once you narrow down the root of your troubles, you can start addressing those problems.
How you sleep can be directly linked with how comfortable your bedroom is. You might think that’s pretty obvious, but sometimes things you don’t really notice could interfere with your sleep quality. For example, you might be tired because your mattress is tired. If you wake up sore, the mattress sags, or your allergies are bothering you, those are all signs your mattress might be at the end of its lifespan.
Choosing a mattress involves matching the firmness and type of mattress with your sleep style and personal size. For example, My Slumber Yard explains the Saatva Classic mattress comes in three firmness levels for average sleepers - plush soft, luxury firm, and firm - with firm being the most popular option. There is also a Saatva HD mattress for larger sleepers. Think about how much support you like and what will keep you comfortable so you can attain your health and beauty sleep.
A commonly overlooked issue for many insomniacs is the atmosphere in the bedroom. If your room is cluttered, hot, or light is peeping in through your window coverings, it could be disrupting your sleep. Tidy up your bedroom and turn your thermostat down, and consider installing some blackout shades if light is an issue.
Beyond those things which might interfere with sleep, you can also take steps to set the mood for sleep. Establishing a bedtime routine that helps you unwind is a good start. Consider doing something soothing, like making notes about what’s on your mind, savoring relaxing essential oils, and sipping a sleepytime tea.
Aim to enjoy your routine at the same time every night, then hit the sack at the same time, and get up at the same time each morning. By establishing a pattern, your body will grow accustomed to snoozing when it should.
Fountain of Youth?
Returning to the idea of beauty sleep, it turns out that beyond your mental and physical wellness, getting enough sleep can potentially be your fountain of youth. Healthline explains the impact shows in your face, with poor sleep leading to more wrinkles, dark undereye circles, and paler, droopy skin. What’s more, too little sleep on a routine basis can mean aging your skin faster, and it won’t recover as well from stressors in the environment.
Are you convinced yet? If so, it’s time to address your sleeplessness and recover your beauty sleep! Track your slumber, improve your sleep comfort, and set a mood that helps you unwind each evening. Soon you’ll be looking and feeling younger, thanks to these simple, sleep-boosting steps.