One of the best things we can do for our skin doesn’t cost anything, yet it’s often difficult to make a priority. Beauty sleep refers to getting a specific amount of quality sleep, anywhere between seven to nine hours to be exact.
If you’re like me, you might treat the nighttime hours as bonus time to get things done around the house, answer emails or decompress by binge-watching your favourite television show (hello, The Crown!). But you might start giving yourself a reasonable bedtime after reading the following:
Getting quality sleep is great for our skin because this is when it repairs itself. It’s also during this time when collagen production is at its peak and your body kicks up blood flow to the skin. This is why sleep depravation causes puffy eyes. Blood flow isn’t as efficient, and can pool under your eyes.
Poor sleeping habits can head to increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This triggers inflammation that breaks down the proteins in the skin that keep it smooth and glowing.
Of course, those are tips are just skin-deep. Loss of regular sleep can spike the risks for a whole slew of health problems including heart disease, diabetes, memory loss, chronic stress, depression, increased likelihood of accidents, and mood disorders to name a few.
ABCs for Zzz’s
- Establish a bedtime routine when you can. Going to bed around the same time every night to ensure you get seven to nine hours is key. Waking up at the same time is also a good idea. Sleep depravation during the week followed by binge sleeping on the weekends is disruptive and is said to be unhealthy.
- Limit food and alcohol before bedtime. Food gets your stomach acids going and metabolizing alcohol stimulates the body.
- Wash your face before going to bed so impurities don’t sit on your skin all night and clog your pores.
- Keep electronics out the room. Yes, I know this is a tough one but the lights from devices can trick your circadian rhythm into thinking it’s daylight.
We wish you beauties a restful sleep!