An hour before midnight is worth three afterwards. That’s the age-old saying. But does it have any substance when talking of beauty sleep?
According to sleep doctors, when it comes to your beauty routine, sleep may be the closest thing there is to the fountain of youth.
Our bodies repair themselves and recover when we’re sleeping. That is why a good night’s sleep is so important when it comes to keeping looking fresh and young.
According to Geoff Wright, an expert in chronobiology (the study of the body clock), says: ‘There are set times when our body clock dictates that various processes take place in hair and skin’.
‘From 8pm to 11pm is the time for hydration, while 11pm to 3am is the time for regeneration, and 3am to 5am is the time for resting.’
And keeping to this is as easy as going to sleep! Get between 7 to 9 quality hours of sleep each night and you will be able to see the effects almost immediately.
If you’re getting fewer than 6 hours, it’s already affecting your appearance, says Michael Breus, PhD, without you noticing straight away, one night of poor sleep and your skin changes into a dull looking colour meaning it has not had enough time to repair itself during the night.
Here are the six beauty benefits of getting enough rest.
1. Fewer Wrinkles
Skin makes new collagen when you sleep, which prevents sagging. More collagen means skin is plumper and less likely to wrinkle.
2. A Glowing Complexion
Your body boosts blood flow to the skin while you snooze, which means you wake to a healthy glow. Ignore your beauty sleep and your complexion can look dull, pasty and lifeless.
3. Brighter, Less Puffy Eyes
When it comes to dark circles or bags under your eyes, those only happen when you’ve had a restless night.
Staying well-hydrated and elevating your head with an extra pillow at night, can also help reduce swelling.
4. Healthier, Fuller Hair
Hair loss, breakage, damage, and even growth can all be affected by lack of sleep. Hair follicles gain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from blood flow. Since blood flow decreases when we’re sleeping less, “hair gets nutrients and vitamins, it weakens, and it has difficulty growing.
5. Happier, Healthier Appearance
When you’re tired, your facial expressions change in subtle and consistent ways. We tend to furrow and frown more. Couple that with red, swollen eyes, dark circles, sagging eyelids, and paler skin, this is a true sign that you’re exhausted. I think it’s time to go to bed now!
What kind of sleep?
Go to bed at a regular time. Set the alarm for the same time each day, even at weekends to develop a regular sleep-wake rhythm. This is important to reset your body clock.
Make sure the bedroom is dark. Maybe it’s time to invest in a pair of black out curtains!
No coffee, tea or hot chocolate (they contain caffeine) before bed. Instead drink chamomile tea with a drop of milk.
Try deep breathing, or tensing and relaxing different groups of muscles around the body. This is extremely helpful if you tend to wake up with a tight neck and back.
Don’t exercise immediately before going to bed. Instead stretch your muscles ready for sleep.
Add a few drops of aroma therapy oils, we recommend lavender, neroli or ylang ylang, to your bedtime bath or alternatively use a diffuser in the room one hour before bedtime.
The right mattress is crucial. Your heels, back of the head and buttocks should sink just below the surface.
Your neck, backs of the knees and hollow of the back should rest on the surface. As we said in the previous article, maybe it’s time to change your mattress and reset your entire sleeping routine!
We have an extensive range of beds and mattresses at our showroom in Ruthin. We even stock an amazing range of sports therapy mattresses that have been used but some of the biggest Olympic and Paralympic stars.
Come visit our showroom at Lon Parcwr, Ruthin, LL15 1NJ. We’re open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
Alternatively give us a call on 01824 707295 or on our freephone on 08007 311 490 if you are interested in inquiring about a specific type of mattress!