Beauty sleep is the cheapest way to keep you healthy and to avoid a washed-out complexion. Here is why we need it and some tips to help you sleep better.
In humans, sleep is divided into two main phases: non-REM and REM sleep. According to Science Daily “non-REM sleep is usually considered as a compensatory “resting” state for the brain, following the intense waking brain activity” and “it occupies most of our early sleep night”, while REM sleep, is the phase during which our dreams prevail.
When you sleep, your body regenerates and restores itself. During “deep” sleep (REM), our body produces human growth hormone (HGH) that help repair tissues. It also helps skin remain thick and elastic. In addition, skin cells regenerate faster at night.
On the other hand, lack of sleep produces cortisol, a hormone that reduces skin regeneration, and free radicals. It also causes dark circles, under-eye bags and puffy eyes. And, obviously, our bodies are missing out on this important time to repair the damages.
Experts says that a person needs eight hours of sleep a night. A common misconception is that you get beauty sleep when you take naps or sleep during the day. That is not true. To reap the benefits of beauty sleep you need to get into a regular sleep pattern. You should go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday. Beauty sleep needs to become part of your nightly routine.
The night is also a good time to use creams. Not only, as mentioned above, skin cell regenerates more quickly at night, but some anti-aging ingredients, like retinoids and vitamin C, work best at night as they remain active for a longer period of time when not exposed to sunlight.
- Sleep on your back. Pressing you face into a pillow can create crease marks that become permanent if repeated every night.
- Avoid large meals, caffeine, nicotine just before going to bed.
- Minimize light and noise and keep your room at a comfortable temperature (about 68 degrees).
- Sleep on a satin pillowcase. It prevents crease marks caused by sleeping with your face pressed on the pillow and reduces hair breakage. In addition, satin doesn’t absorb moisture, so your night face creams will remain intact while you sleep.