Get Your Beauty Sleep and Listen to Nana
Can healthy sleep habits help you look and feel better?
Your grandmother slathered on cold cream before bed and talked about getting her “beauty sleep”. Turns out Nana knew what she was talking about because science agrees.
Sleep, health, and attractiveness go hand-in-hand. Getting enough rest contributes to your skin’s overall health and appearance.
John Axelsson, of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, in a study published in a British Medical Journal said, “Our findings show that sleep-deprived people appear less healthy, less attractive, and more tired compared with when they are well rested.”
When you sleep, your body has a chance to rejuvenate itself and work on cellular regeneration. These are crucial steps to slowing down aging and is even more important to your skin and hair.
In the United States, more than 20% of Caucasian adults report not getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation in other races are as much as 40%.
Sleep deprivation is determined by your pattern of sleep over the course of one month. If you consistently get less than eight hours of sleep or don’t achieve “restful” sleep, chances are you’re sleep-deprived.
How Chronic Diseases Are Linked to Sleep Loss
Heart disease, diabetes, and obesity have all been linked to chronic sleep loss. “It’s no secret that we live in a 24/7 society,” says Carl Hunt, MD, director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health.
- “People just don’t realize how important sleep is, and what the health consequences are of not getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis.
Sleep is just as important for overall health as diet and exercise.”
Not getting enough rest is so common that we don’t typically talk about it to friends and family or to our doctors. Often, you may feel if you can get by on 4 to 6 hours of sleep. In our 24/7 society it’s looked at as a badge of honor to sleep as little as possible.
The real story is that every minute spent not getting enough shut eye – you’re weakening your immune system. You may also be creating the circumstances that contribute to depression and through it all, your skin is suffering.
How You Sleep is Important
Sleeping on your stomach with your face pressed into your pillow can create premature wrinkles.
Try sleeping on your side or your back. If you can’t break yourself out of your sleeping position, consider using a silk or satin pillowcase or one made with high thread count fabric.
Changing your sheets regularly is also extremely important. Oils, dirt, and dead skin slough off while you sleep. You don’t want to press your sensitive face into that night after night.
Healthy Sleep Habits – On a Schedule
Your body has certain physical, mental, and behavioral patterns it follows every day. This is known as circadian rhythm.
This rhythm is influenced by factors in your body as well as environmental input such as day and night, work schedules that force the body to operate at varying times, and even jet lag.
Disruptions in your circadian rhythm can lead to insomnia, depression, and bipolar disorder.
Giving your body a schedule of rest it can depend will help you mentally and emotionally. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time daily even on the weekends.
After you’ve gotten yourself into a regular sleep pattern, consider how you wake up. Using a wake-up light is a gentle easier way of being brought out of sleep than a screaming alarm clock.
A wake-up light uses gradually increasing light (some contain nature sounds) to give you the most comfortable way to awaken.
If your desired time for waking is at 7:00 am then the light will start at a low glow at 6:30 am, then gradually brighten until it reaches its brightest point at 7:00 am.
The results of getting into healthy sleep habits will be clearly seen on your gorgeous face and reflected in a healthier and happier you.