The Truth About Beauty Sleep
Where the common misconception might lie in the fact that everyone is running after money, there just might be a great chance that what people are actually running after is youth or moreover ‘looking’ young. In the day and age of plastic surgery, botox and various other body/skin modification methods sometimes we forget the the simplest thing necessary to look young, beautiful and ‘youthful’ is sleep. While many might think that the old wives tale about beauty sleep is a big fat myth, research in fact has proven that this theory is in fact quite true. Just like sleep is essential for all the rest of our anatomy to function healthily, sleep is essential to keep your skin looking young and vibrant.
In the fast paced world of today life has become so fast and stressful that the mass population either suffers from sleeping disorders or just does not get enough sleep due to the pressures of everyday. More alarming numbers for women, studies show that 60% of women claim to not get enough sleep at all. On average now women are sleeping 2.5 hours less than the amount of sleep actually required. This trend changes as the situations in a womans life change as well. Mothers for example are unable to get a sufficient amount of sleep amidst caring for their children and running a household. This lack of sleep not only leaves us feeling tired and sluggish but affects our stress and hormone levels as well. These everyday disruptions cause a wide range of skin problems that occur in women. Acne for example is a common result, a lack of sleep can cause a huge amount of stress leaving heavy dark circles under the eyes and the lack of proper rest and nutrients can leave the skin looking old and pigmented.
Another major side effect of sleep deprivation is its effect on our skins natural healing process. When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin heals slower, causing an increase in stress levels further limiting sleep yet again. As we age we keep falling into this vicious cycle which eventually leads to early aging in skin, or for women more simply saying it makes us look older. And if there’s one thing I know for sure about women it is that they do NOT want to look old, well, ever. You shouldn’t have to either, looking good is feeling good. We all know how much it helps to wake up everyday, get dressed, put on some lipstick and walk out the door. Looking good is a well known mood elevator in itself, so why fall into vicious sleep cycles and risk causing damage to our skin. Foreign elements in our environment are a stressor enough for our skin, what we can try is to at least let our skin complete its healing process through a round of proper sleep.
Ladies, clearly we need that MUCH loved, precious beauty sleep not only to keep our brains and bodies function normally, also because it is guaranteed to keep our skin looking young. Here are some additional things you can do in order to aid a proper sleeping habit in keeping your skin looking healthy and young.
1. Night Creams
It is essential to aid your skins night time repair process with an effective night cream. Night creams with the proper antioxidants, exfoliants and more over a good hydrating night cream would help your skin look younger and fresher.
2. Sleep on your back
There are a ton of people out there who have trouble sleeping flat on their back, majority people sleep on their side or on their front. Both these ways can be troublesome for not only the skin but your natural anatomy as well. When you sleep on your front the oxygen supply to your blood cells is cut off causing your blood vessels to constrict. Oxygen is essential for your skin to look good! So try lying flat on your back when you sleep. Sleeping on your side can also cause fine lines on the side of your face you sleep on the most.
3. Have a set routine
For a good sleep cycle it is essential that you sleep and wake up at the same time everyday. This will help your body function on a more regular cycle along with helping your sleep cycle itself to remain consistent. Don’t skimp out on this during the weekend either. Remember, better sleep, better skin!
4. Deep Breathing Exercises
Breathing exercises are a great help for a great many things! Starting from stress relief, to working your facial muscles and helping you sleep easier, more peacefully.
5. Silk Pillowcases
Original silk pillowcases, preferably white are a great way to help your skin “rest” better. No kidding. Other fabrics have a high thread count which can be coarse for your skin. White is better so that you can avoid coming in contact with harmful dyes that are used in fancy, colorful pillowcases.
Once you are able to fix your sleep cycle, you will truly experience your entire life change. Sleep is essential for mental health, physical health and beauty. Sleeping better will help your digestive system, your brain function and then your skins ability to renew, repair and rebalance while you sleep. There is a natural course and process for everything in life, so while you take care of our careers, your families, your children and your looks, instead of going the highly artificial way to care for your looks and skin, do it the natural way – Sleep better!