How many of us are woken up by an alarm and are left wanting a little bit more sleep? How many of us hit the snooze button repeatedly to make waking up a little bit more tolerable?
Sleep is something we all treasure and biologically it is as important as anything else that we do. When it comes to most growth and renewal processes in our bodies, they occur when we are resting. Whether you’re building muscle in the gym or trying to follow a new skincare regimen, sleep is, without doubt, one of the crucial pillars.
So yes, in short, beauty sleep is real without any doubt. On a simple level, it is well established that a lack of sleep leads to dark circles under your eyes, this is due to dilation of blood vessels. However, there are many other ways that sleep can influence the health of your skin.
In previous posts we’ve looked at how stress levels can affect all sorts of skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne, well sleep and stress are directly related. Therefore not enough sleep leads to higher levels of stress.
So why is beauty sleep so important? When you’re asleep your body goes into a self-repair mode. New skin cells grow to replace older cells, and all the repairing, restoring and rebalancing of your body takes place when you sleep. On top of this, hormonal and metabolic changes take place while you’re resting and these ultimately have a huge effect on your skin. If you don’t get enough sleep then these processes do not complete fully and your body (skin included) suffers.
So how much sleep is enough? Studies show that between 7-9 hours is the optimal amount. However, more is not always better as sleeping beyond 9 hours can actually encourage skin cell breakdown so don’t overdo it either.
Tips on getting better Beauty Sleep:
- Bedtime habits are really important, develop a routine and stick to it. Perhaps a bath before bed, or reading for a short while if that helps you. Try to avoid television, or music that can excite the mind, your aim is to relax and drift off. Whatever the routine, make sure you keep it going every evening.
- Try to sleep on your back, it puts less pressure on your lower back and removes the pressure placed on your face that can lead to wrinkles and creases.
- High thread count pillows are better for your skin also, so invest in a quality pillow cover.
- Use sheets and covers that don’t have dyes that could irritate skin.
- Try not to eat or exercise too near to your bedtime as it creates more work for your body, your heart rate and can affect your blood pressure, all of which can make it harder to sleep.
- Drink less caffeine during the day. You may require it to get through the day, however, it would be noticeably easier to fall asleep with less of it in your system.
- Once you realize the importance of sleep to the wellbeing of almost every aspect of your body, you should be excited to get your rest and visualize how your body is healing and improving itself while you rest.
If you’re looking for a skin solution to help you whilst you rest easy, we recommend our Good Night Sleep Mask. Its active ingredients gently nurture and moisturise both normal and dehydrated skin; so dry patches are considerably reduced.