The Irish have a saying: “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.”
I believe this to be so true – even on matters related to beauty.
What if I told you that you could look younger, slimmer and attain a natural glow skin on your skin by sleeping more – would you believe me? Keep reading and you might.
Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more. Here you’ll discover how to use a good night’s sleep to feel beautiful and have more energy on top of it.
I learned this after having my first baby. Everyone knows that having babies mean saying goodbye to sleep. This lack of sleep affects us in many ways.
Many moms will probably agree with me on this. After a few days operating only a few hours of sleep, not only did I feel exhausted, but I looked very, very bad. And this continued for days, and that became weeks, and then became months.
As soon as I was able to get a helper for some support, I managed to get better sleep and found that I felt more energetic. Not only that, my skin started looking better, my hair had more volume in it, and I didn’t have dark shadows under my eyes.
And there are a list of other benefits.
Besides helping you improve your memory, boost your creativity and recover faster from illness, good sleep can help you:
1. Lose weight
Lack of sleep can make you put on weight by drastically slowing your metabolism down, according to a study by scientists at Uppsala University in Sweden. The researchers suggested getting plenty of sleep might prevent weight gain.
2. Look good
According to a 2010 study published in the British Medical Journal, regular sleep actually makes you look healthier and more attractive. Researchers photographed 23 people after a period of sleep deprivation and after a normal night’s sleep of eight hours. The photos were shown to 65 people who rated each photo based on health attractiveness and tiredness. The sleep deprived group scored lower in all three categories. Read full article here.
3. Have radiant skin
Lack of sleep increases inflammatory cells in the body leading to an increase in the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, the molecules that give the skin its glow, bounce, and translucency.
4. Look younger
During deep sleep, the rise in growth hormones allows damaged cells to become repaired. Without the deeper phases of sleep, this won’t occur, allowing daily small breakdowns to accumulate instead of being reversed overnight. This results in more noticeable signs of aging!
Many of us don’t always get enough sleep.
Dr. Louise Reyner from the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University says, “Most people on average need seven-and-a-half hours a night but it all depends on your age. The older you are, the less sleep you need; the younger you are, the more you need.”
Best way to achieve good sleep? Here are 10 tips to help:
1. Don’t eat a big meal too late in the day.
2. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, but not late at night.
3. Sleep under a warm blanket in a cool, dark, quiet room.
4. Keep electronics out of the bedroom.
5. Use comfortable (preferably cotton) clothes for sleeping.
6. Lie on your back – it helps your circulatory system release congested fluid resulting in a less puffy face with no dark circles.
7. Go to bed at a regular time – this will help you develop a regular sleep-wake rhythm.
8. Make sure your bedroom is dark enough.
9. Try deep breathing, or tensing and relaxing different groups of muscles around the body.
10. Don’t exercise immediately before going to bed.
There you have it. If you’re feeling tired, stressed or simply having a bad day, just go to bed. It will do wonders for your inner and outer beauty.
Let us know below how you’re sleeping and if you have any tips or benefits to share!