There are some universal truths that everyone is aware of. For example, 8 hours of sleep a night is important if you want to feel healthy and well-rested in the morning. But let’s be honest, it’s hard to get everything done in a day. Even if you do accomplish everything on your to-do list, you still probably find yourself at 2am mindlessly scrolling through your Instagram.
Relaxing and getting a full night sleep is something that takes…well…effort. It’s also one of the most beneficial things you can do for your health and your appearance. Here’s how beauty sleep affects your body as well as some simple steps you can take to catch more Z’s.
The Benefits of Beauty Sleep
We’ve all joked about catching up on our “beauty sleep,” but there’s some truth to this concept. The amount of sleep you get each night greatly impacts your appearance during your waking hours.
When we are asleep, our skin cells are regenerating. Less than 5 hours of sleep a night can interfere with the body’s collagen product and lead to increased wrinkles down the line. Not getting enough sleep can wreak havoc on your skin and encourage premature ageing.
Your hair also looks more lustrous when you’re getting enough sleep at night. During our resting hours, blood flow increases to the hair follicles, bringing along an increase in vitamins and nutrients. These compounds create stronger, shinier strands and also help hair grow faster.
Another obvious side effect of sleep deprivation is the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. These unsightly “bags” are puffy and tend to make your entire complexion look haggard. Consider plenty of sleep a supplement to your nightly eye cream.
The most beneficial thing about getting plenty of sleep is definitely your outlook when you wake. Well-rested people are more observant, better at work, and retain information for longer periods of time. Plus, they are happier – and nothing makes you look more beautiful than a genuine, glowing smile.
Enhance Your Nighttime Routine
Having trouble falling asleep? These tips can help you get a full 8-hours every single night.
- Stick To A Bedtime
“Bedtime” is probably something you haven’t had to deal with since you were a child. The truth is, a consistent bedtime is incredibly important for adults as well. Setting an alarm on your phone (iPhones even have a convenient “bedtime” feature) and make a promise to yourself that you’ll stick to a schedule.
- Lights Out
Blue light – the kind that is emitted from your phone and other electronic devices – can make it difficult for our brain to “turn off” at the end of the day. Limit your screen time before bed and try to avoid looking at your phone (that means NO social media) for at least an hour before bed.
- Try Aromatherapy
The scent of lavender has been proven to relax the body and make it easier to doze off. While you are getting ready for bed, light a lavender scented candle. The heavenly smell will help you drift off to dreamland.
- Essential Supplements
Don’t be afraid to try holistic supplements to ensure you get a good night’s sleep. ESU’s Supplements are infused with feel-good ingredients, all which will help calm your thoughts and help you relax at the end of the day.