When it comes to beauty sleep, let alone trying to feel refreshed and rejuvenated, one thing you simply can’t neglect is a night of good sleep. Sure, you’re sleeping every day, but are you getting quality sleep? You can sleep for eight hours, but you’re technically not guaranteed to have a solid sleep. With that said, what can you do to not only feel refreshed when you wake up but feel your best overall?
While there are a lot of questions when it involves a good night’s sleep in order to feel good when waking up (rather than groggy) and look your best, there are some things you’re going to have to do before hitting the sack. So, here’s how you can ensure that you’ll be getting your beauty sleep!
Getting enough beauty sleep can prevent a range of skin problems, from hormonal acne to stress pimples. It can even de-puff eyes and make your skin glow. It’s the closest thing to an internal fountain of youth. Even though you don’t need a fountain, you’re still going to need some water to help with hydration. As you know, a lack of hydration is bad for the skin, hair, nails, and overall health.
The skin loses more water while you sleep than during the day, so using a creamier moisturizer before bed will help it stay hydrated. Also, drink plenty of water throughout the day to offset that lost hydration. Just be wary of when you drink water, as there might be a chance that this actually affects your sleep, as you might have to relieve your bladder. This is obviously something no one wants to do in the middle of the night.
Chances are, you’re well aware of the amount of dead skill cells and oils that pillowcases carry. In fact, you should be careful with how you lie down as you might risk getting acne. When it comes to beauty sleep, your pillowcase can have a big impact on how you look when you wake up. Try switching out cotton pillowcases for silk or satin ones to avoid waking up with “sleep wrinkles” and other skin problems.
Even though sleep apnea can be caused due to jaw misalignment, this shouldn’t take away the fact that you’ll still need to sleep flat on your back. Sure, it can technically make snoring worse (which needs to be the situation), but you need to also look into the skin. If you sleep on your side, your face is going to get scrunched. Plus, you’re doing this for hours, too, which is only going to make wrinkles more likely.
While it’s normal for bedtime hygiene to happen on autopilot, performing these tasks with mindfulness and intention can help your brain recognize them as signals that sleep is coming. This may include gentle face washing, relaxing in a warm bath, or even simply stretching for a minute. You can also try reading a book (but avoid page-turners that will keep you awake) or listening to soothing music. This is a great time to use aromatherapy with calming essential oils, like lavender. Adding these elements to your routine can make it feel more like a mini spa, which will encourage beauty sleep.