beauty sleep is not a myth

Are you getting your beauty sleep?

When I was younger, I’d spend countless night up until all hours. Going to bed with the chickens was so not cool.

These days, I wish I could fall asleep at 10pm, but, more often than not, my insomnia is keeping me awake till the early morning hours.

Doesn’t matter what’s keeping me awake. My skin is paying the price for lack of sleep. Just like the rest of my body (and mind), it looks tired and worn out. People have started asking me if I’m ill. Ugh.

Beauty sleep is no myth. You really need it to look your best. Without it, there’s only so much the best concealer in the world can do.

Here’s why and how to get all the beauty sleep you (and your skin) need:

Why You Need Your Beauty Sleep

Let’s start with the boring science part. In humans, sleep is divided into two main phases: non-REM and REM sleep.

The first phase, which occupies most of the early sleep night, is when your brain gets its well-deserved rest after all the frantic and intense work it did when you were awake. The second phase, REM or “deep” sleep, is when you dream.

It’s during the REM phase that your body regenerates and restores itself (isn’t it awesome)? Here’s how it works. Your body produces human growth hormone (HGH) that helps repair tissues and keeps skin elastic. Skin cells regenerate faster at night, too.

So, if sleep is that important, can you imagine what happens when you don’t sleep enough? Your body isn’t happy, and starts producing cortisol, the hormone that creates free radicals and reduces skin regeneration. And, as we all know, we get those pesky dark circles, under-eye bags, and puffy eyes.

Related: What Really Works To Treat Dark Circles

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How To Get Your Best (Beauty) Sleep

Ok, so now you know that you need to get at least 8 hours of good sleep every single night (naps don’t count). But how do you do it? Here are what’s working for me:

Beauty Sleep Tip #1: Routine Is Your Friend

Routine can be so boring. But, it can also be helfpul. Going to sleep at the same hour every night and waking up at the same hour every morning really helps. Your body will rebel at first, but, soon, you’ll teach it when it’s time to sleep and when it’s time to wake up, so that it can get all the rest it needs.

Beauty Sleep Tip #2: Watch Your Diet

A large meal and a good cup of coffee are two of the little pleasures in life. But, they also interfere with sleep. Never have them just before you go to bed. The same is true for nicotine, but, then, I hope you aren’t smoking, anyway. I wrote a whole post about how that ages you faster too, by the way. If you smoke, you should check it out.

Related: Why The Low-Glycemic Diet Is The Secret To Younger-Looking Skin

Beauty Sleep Tip #3: Don’t Forget Your Skincare

Doesn’t matter how tired you are, you should always find the time to cleanse your skin and apply serum and moisturizer, at least. The night is a particularly great time to use retinol and vitamin C, two anti-aging superstars that make skin more susceptible to sun damage when exposed to sunlight.

Related: 5 Anti-Aging Superstars You Should Add To Your Skincare Routine Now

Beauty Sleep Tip #4: Create A Quiet Environment

Light and noise can interfere with sleep, too. Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, and comfortably warm (but, not too hot, or you won’t be able to sleep).

Beauty Sleep Tip #5: Sleep On Your Back

I’m awful at this. I find sleeping on my side so comfortable. But, pressing your face into a pillow can create crease marks that turn into premature wrinkles overtime. Kinda defeats the purpose of sleeping for better skin, doesn’t it?

The Bottom Line

Getting your eight hours of sleep is not negotiable if you want healthy and flawless skin. Hopefully, these tips will make it easier for you to get all the beauty sleep you need.