Beauty Sleep: Myth or Reality?

Sleep is crucial to our health, and we can definitely feel a difference in our mood and cognitive functioning abilities when we haven’t had enough. Unsurprisingly, there is much more to sleep than merely affecting how we feel. The amount of rest we get each night has a profound influence on how we look. We’ve all heard our moms and grandmothers tell us to get our beauty sleep. As it turns out, they were right to insist on an early bedtime.

How Sleep Affects Looks

A feature article on the Samaritan Health website from 2019 clearly underscores the benefits of sleep for your appearance. As it turns out, people can tell when you haven’t had enough rest. You are likely to have swollen, red eyes and, after more than a few nights of insufficient sleep, pale and sullen skin, and droopy cheeks. Sleep is a time of mental and physical regeneration, so not getting enough means your body can’t repair daily damage sustained by your cells.

Boost Your Beauty Routine By Getting Enough Sleep

If you want to look and feel your absolute best, you have to make sleep a priority. Ideally, you can devote at least seven hours each night to restful slumber. In some cases, six hours per night might be enough, but never less. Unfortunately, as busy adults, it’s often difficult to wind down before midnight. We get so caught up in work, chores, and family that we forget to prioritize ourselves. Here are a few tips that can help:

  • Do yoga. Yoga has long been known to reduce stress, which is one of the primary causes of insomnia and other sleep struggles. When you do yoga, you relax your mind and body. A few stretches before nightfall are an excellent addition to your winding down routine. If you’ve never done yoga before, Yoga is Youthfulness offers lots of advice for beginners as well as in-person and virtual classes to help you get started.
  • Upgrade your bedroom tech. The bedroom is no place for a television, cell phone, or computer. But, that doesn’t mean that technology can’t make its way into your overnight hours. Plan to make small technology upgrades to your bedroom that will help you get your best rest. A dimmable LED light bulb, for example, allows you to set the mood by changing the brightness and color of your overhead light. A small Bluetooth speaker on the nightstand is another option, particularly if you have noisy neighbors and need light music to distract you from outside sounds.
  • Block sound. Speaking of sound, if you prefer to slumber in silence, plan to invest in comfortable foam earplugs. These may not be ideal for everyone, so consider making changes to your bedroom windows and doors to help block sound if you don’t want something in your ears. Sound-dampening curtains and acoustic panels will also help.
  • Make it cold and dark. If you already installed sound-dampening curtains, your bedroom should be nice and dark, which is crucial in helping your body prepare itself naturally for sleep. Temperature is another trigger, and your bedroom should be between 60 degrees and 67 degrees. This is typically considered ideal for adults, although senior citizens and babies have slightly different needs.

As it turns out, the fairytale of Sleeping Beauty might have been based more on reality than we thought. Fortunately for us, we do not need 100 years of sleep to maintain our youthful looks. But, we do need at least seven hours every night to enjoy a fresh-faced glow. From doing yoga to upgrading the technology in your bedroom, the above tips can help you reach your beauty goals. As an added perk, you’ll not only look great, but with enough sleep, you will also feel just as good on the inside as you look on the outside.

By Sheila Olson.

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