Beauty Sleep, A Beauty Basic!
It’s no coincidence Holly Golightly, Audrey Hepburn’s character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was so gorgeous. She understood the importance of a good nights rest for glowing, healthy skin & a clear complexion.
Sleep is a beauty basic and getting enough can be a challenge with work, social schedules, family obligations and all kinds of fun & interesting things online…like Instagram!
Inadequate, poor quality sleep is directly tied to increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. High cortisol levels lead to inflammation throughout your body, which in turn causes your skin to suffer. Lack of seep has been shown to cause, premature aging, acne, increased skin sensitivity, & even psoriasis.
When cellular inflammation is increased in your body, this leads to an increase in the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, both of which gives skin its glow, elasticity, and firmness.
During deep sleep, your body's hydration re-balances and your skin is able to recover crucial moisture. At the same time, excess water retained in the body (hello, bloat!) is processed for removal. By not getting enough sleep, your body’s water balance will be ‘off” resulting in water retention, under eye bags & circles, increased dryness and more visible wrinkles.
During deep sleep, the rise in growth hormones allow damaged cells to become repaired. When we don’t allow our bodies to enter the deeper phases of sleep, this will not occur. This allows small daily breakdowns to compound instead of being reversed overnight. Resulting in even more noticeable signs of aging.
Finally, high cortisol levels are also related to increased appetite. Getting a good nights rest helps control cortisol levels, and you will have an easier time controlling your appetite during the day and staying on track with a clean diet.
Sleep has so many beauty benefits and you will see an improvement even after just one night! So try to be disciplined about your sleep….aim for 7-9 hours a night.
Here are some tips for getting a good nights rest:
Turn off phones and electronic devices or put them in another room. If you use your phone as an alarm clock it’s best to just go buy an old fashioned clock. Once you don’t have the temptation & interruption of your phone nearby, you will notice an immediate difference in the quality of your sleep.
Try not to eat a large meal right before bed. Give your body at least a couple of hours to digest. If you need a snack right before sleep, make a protein shake w flax oil, have an apple & peanut butter or a piece of toast with avocado.
Keep your room cool & dark…. Better yet try a sleeping mask. They are great for blocking light and also help quiet your mind. Plus, it will be difficult to lay in bed with your eyes open thinking about your to do list, your weekend plans, work, etc.
Take a warm bath right before bed. As your body cools down you will become drowsy.
Take a magnesium supplement – up to 400mg before bed. This mineral has been shown in studies to help relax you. I have been taking magnesium for years and recommend giving it a try if you have difficulty falling asleep.
Stay hydrated throughout the day but try to only have a few sips before bed to avoid multiple bathroom breaks in the middle of the night. But be sure to have a large glass of water upon waking to re hydrate as we do become dehydrated overnight.
Finally, exercise… even just 30 mins a day of exercise will help the quality of your sleep. Studies have shown that moderate exercise throughout the day helps reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep and lengthens the time you are able to stay asleep.
So, I challenge you to make sleep a priority for just one week and see how even more gorgeous your skin will appear. I think you will like what you see and hopefully make this a part of your beauty routine because Beauty Is a Lifestyle®.