Sleep ‘n Beauty! Do you skimp on sleep? We all know how important good nutrition and a healthy, active lifestyle are for our health and our appearance. But do you know how crucial a good night’s sleep is?
They call it “Beauty Sleep” for a reason. And for me that phrase is a guilt-free excuse to sleep in and catch as many zzzz’s as possible. But sometimes it just isn’t that easy.
Getting a good night’s sleep, no matter how tired we are, can be difficult. We have so many things to do and so much on our minds that sometimes it’s hard to shut it all down and get some quality sleep. The fact is that without sleep we tend to look tired, run down and, I hate to say it…older.
Here are a few quick tips to help you unwind and drift off into dream land for a good 8 hours of beauty sleep.
Samantha Clayton will be the first to tell you that exercise will help keep stress hormones from interfering with our sleep. Even if you only have 20 minutes to take a brisk walk, do it. It will definitely help you sleep better at night.
Try not to over-indulge just before bedtime. Large meals late in the day lead to an active digestive system, which can definitely disrupt your sleep. And avoid caffeine. Coffee, non-herbal teas, some soda, chocolate—all can contain caffeine. This stimulant that can definitely keep you awake much longer then you’d like. Try to avoid caffeine at least 4 hours before bedtime. Instead, opt for a nice chamomile tea, which is perfect for bedtime.
Time to turn off the TV, put down the electronic games and close that laptop. Your bed is for sleeping, not for working. If you use your bed for sleep and not as a substitute couch, you’ll definitely reduce the risk of developing sleep disorders.
My bedroom is my favorite room in the house. It’s comfy, it’s cozy and it’s calm. The three main things we all need for a night of pure beauty sleep. Be sure your bedroom lighting doesn’t resemble interrogation lighting by keeping it soft. Do what you can to eliminate excess noise, and keep the temperature at around 68F or 20C if you can. A bedroom that’s too hot or too cold will result in a lot of tossing and turning during the night.
Consistency is key when it comes to a good night’s sleep. If possible, try to go to bed around the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. Take a relaxing bath, listen to some music, read your favorite magazine. Choose stress-free activities that will encourage relaxation. Scary movies at bedtime…not a good thing.
One thing that helps me out tremendously is writing things down. Sounds silly but if I can make a to-do list, vent my frustrations or simply journal about my day, I can definitely sleep better at night. Take the thoughts from your brain to a notebook and you won’t lie awake thinking about all of the things you forgot to do, or wish you had done. Clear the head to make way for some sweet dreams.