Happy Wednesday. Halfway through the week…almost there. :-)
Today I want to write up another health post. This topic might sound like it’ll make you yawn, but it’s actually incredible how many people don’t regard this as a health (and beauty) priority. Sleep.
Sleep is so essential to your health and your well-being but so many people don’t get enough of it. Did you know that when you sleep, your body (finally!) gets the chance to slow down and repair itself including reversing the ageing processes? After a long day of working, thinking, playing, running, stressing, eating, exercising and whatever else we do during the day, sleep gives the body an opportunity to find some peace and quietly go about doing what it needs to do. Hence…”Beauty Sleep”.
You should aim to get in seven to eight hours of sleep every night. This is vital in keeping you mentally and physically well as well as improving your quality of life.
Many in the beauty industry will agree that sleep is probably the most powerful rejuvenating treatment of them all. Your body does so much more than just rest when you sleep. Your skin is hard at work regenerating and repairing its cells. Check out these fantastic benefits that you get just from getting in the right amount of sleep and being consistent about it:
- “It’s good for your health. Lack of sleep has been connected to higher rates of serious health issues like diabetes, weight gain, heart disease, hypertension and more. Can’t fall asleep? When all of the mom-approved methods fail, try cooling your bedroom or meditating to relax your body and mind.
- Your complexion needs sleep, too. Burning the midnight oil can cause dark circles under your eyes (or in my case, darkER circles), puffiness, redness and more frequent breakouts. If you tossed and turned all night, try splashing your face with cold water to shrink your pores and reduce puffiness, then pat–don’t rub–dry. Don’t skimp on the moisturizer, and if you have time, chill your eye cream in the fridge so that it’s nice and cold when you slather it on.
- Sleep makes you better. When you’re well-rested, you’ll be in a better mood, have better concentration and problem-solving skills, better reaction times (and therefore a safer commute or trip to the grocery store) and you’ll feel more energetic when you do just about anything. If you’re feeling sluggish when you roll out of bed, try doing a few jumping jacks to get your blood flowing.”
Thanks to Indigo + Canary for the above
So think about this for a minute. How many hours of sleep do you get in a day? A week? A month? If you don’t get the required amount, you are putting your skin, your body and your health under a significant amount of strain. You are ageing yourself. And eventually this will begin to show physically through tired-looking and dull skin, loss of energy, zombie-like state and just feeling generally sluggish without vitality.
“Lack of sleep causes you to age faster by changing your metabolism and affecting your hormones.” When you sleep, your body has an increase of growth hormones which are the little soldiers that help to repair damage to the tissues in your body. And to make the most of this time, you can enhance your skin’s repair process by making use of night creams, serums and other lotions/oils rich in antioxidants and other essential ingredients (go as natural as possible) to help your skin look younger, fresher and have a healthy glow.
So, please get in a good night’s quality sleep. Your products that you use at night can only go some way. But not just for your skin, for your health. Your life.
Until the next post…get some zzzzzzz’s! :-)