Skin Health and Sleep
Did you know that getting the right amount of sleep each and every
night is not only important for the health of your mind and body,
but also the health of your skin? Living in the fast paced world we
all live in, it is becoming more and more common that most adults
are not getting enough sleep every night. It is recommended that a
full night's sleep should be 7-8 hours, yet most people get much
less than that!
In order to be your healthiest self, it is so important to make sleep a
Below are some common reasons why sleep can be hard
to get and some tips that we have put together to help you make
sure you start getting enough sleep:
Can't get comfortable? - Try not eating any food at least two hours before bedtime. If you eat before you lie down your stomach will still be digesting, and it can make it difficult to get completely relaxed and find a comfortable position.
Mind racing? - Try unplugging from electronics and turning of the TV 30 minutes before going to sleep. Bright lights and computer screens can actually keep your mind awake for up to an hour after turning the lights out keeping your mind from shutting down.
Too stressed about tomorrow? - Try taking the time to unwind before bed. Some examples of this is to take a hot bath, spend 15 minutes stretching, light a candle or sprinkle lavender oil on your sheets for a soothing scent, or sipping warm water or milk.
Waking up constantly throughout the night? - Try taking melatonin 20 minutes before bed. Melatonin is a natural vitamin that helps to calm you down and regulate your day and night cycles encouraging a deeper sleep.
Unsure of why your not getting enough sleep? - Try tracking your sleep patterns! There are many apps available now that will track your sleep cycle and report it on a chart you can view every day to see when you're in your deepest sleep and when you are restless. This can help you determine what times are best for you to get your rest. You can also track your sleep by using a Fitbit and wear it to bed each night.
Here are a few other tips to help keep your skin healthy throughout
1. Wash your face and moisturize before bed. It is important to remove any excess makeup, dirt or grease from your skin before bed so your skin can heal and breathe throughout the night. It also will help to keep your sheets and pillow case clean preventing overnight breakouts and clogged pores.
2. Use an eye cream every night. A good eye cream will protect the delicate skin around your eyes and work to prevent puffiness and dark circles in the morning.
3. Have water by the bed to stay hydrated throughout the night, and to prevent your skin from drying out.