In celebration of World Sleep Day, featured here are 5 ways to get better beauty sleep. Even if you are limited on time due to a busy schedule, getting a deep sleep each night is imperative for your health.
From improved skin and vitality to having more energy and focus throughout the day, learn why getting a good night’s sleep is so beneficial to your health and well-being.
World Sleep Day: 5 Ways To Get Better Beauty Sleep
1. TURN OFF ELECTRONICS: At least an hour before you head to bed, stop using cellphones, televisions, and computers. Staring at these electronic monitors has a direct affect on your brain, which results in restless sleep. As reported by NBC News, “The big problem with light exposure that we get from electronics is that it is delaying what our brain interprets as sunset,” said Dr. Charles Czeisler, a sleep doctor at Harvard Medical School. He explained the blue light from our screens sends a signal to our brains that it’s still daylight, triggering a surge of energy and blocking the melatonin that makes us sleepy.”
2. DRINK TEA: An easy way to get a better sleep at night is to drink non-caffeinated herbal tea before bedtime. As an example, Chamomile Tea has been known to help calm the mind and body, making it easier to fall asleep quicker and enjoy a deeper, more satisfying sleep throughout the night. As reported by Dr. Oz, “Chamomile works as a mild tranquilizer and a sleep inducer.”
3. USE ESSENTIAL OILS: Applying essential oils (such as calming Lavender) to your skin, or using them in an at-home air vaporizer, can help relax you before and during your sleep, resulting in a better night’s sleep. As explained by the National Sleep Foundation, “lavender has been shown to decrease heart rate and blood pressure, potentially putting you in a more relaxed state. In one study, researchers monitored the brain waves of subjects at night and found that those who sniffed lavender before bed had more deep sleep and felt more vigorous in the morning. Another study of infants found that they cried less and slept more deeply after a bath with lavender scented oils.”
4. READ NON-STIMULATING MATERIAL: Whether it’s perusing home decorating ideas in HGTV Magazine or just reading a chapter of a romantic novel, reading non-stimulating material can help lull you to sleep. As reported by SheKnows, “according to the National Sleep Foundation, a relaxing reading ritual can prepare your body for sleep and help your mind separate your sleep time from the stresses of daily living. A winding-down ritual can help people fall asleep faster and enjoy a higher quality of sleep throughout the night.”
5. DESIGN A PEACEFUL BEDROOM: It has been said that colors can subconsciously have an effect on our brains, behaviors, and instinctive responses. Invigorating colors (such as red and orange) have a stimulating effect, while calming colors (such as blue and green) can relax us. To help us get a better sleep, it’s advisable to design a peace-inducing bedroom using non-stimulating colors. Baby blues, lavenders, and greens are great choices for a bedroom. About.com delves into the study of Color Psychology, stating that “while perceptions of color are somewhat subjective, there are some color effects that have universal meaning. Colors in the red area of the color spectrum are known as warm colors and include red, orange and yellow. These warm colors evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility. Colors on the blue side of the spectrum are known as cool colors and include blue, purple and green. These colors are often described as calm, but can also call to mind feelings of sadness or indifference.”
Since getting a good night’s sleep not only has an effect on the way we look and feel the next day, it also has an effect on the appearance of our skin. When we sleep, our bodies naturally repair itself, which is why it’s imperative that we get adequate sleep (6-8 hours nightly), so that our organs and cells can function properly.
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