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Sleep your way to better Skin

There is nothing worse than a night spent tossing and turning when you are already tired and need to be up early. It leaves you feeling sluggish, dull, and cranky.
About one in five people have some difficulty with sleeping. It is important to understand the role of good sleep on our general health and appearance, especially our skin. The largest organ of the body needs to be looked after, you only have one and right now you cannot get a full body skin transplant! It is scientifically proven that during sleep the body can undergo repair, renewal and detoxification. Poor sleep can be linked to poor health. It has been found that those who sleep less than six hours a night have a shorter life expectancy than those who sleep for longer.  So sleep is a vital part of our general well being.

Chances are, you’ve had dark circles or bags under your eyes after a night of restlessness. Get enough shut-eye and you’ll have less puffiness under your eyes. If you know it’s going to be a bad night sleep then stay well-hydrated and elevate your head with an extra pillow too. That can also help reduce swelling.

Melatonin, is a sleep hormone which helps to control our sleep cycle. Melatonin levels begin to increase approximately two hours before a person goes to sleep and our core body temperature begins to drop. Melatonin is often considered to be the body’s natural pacemaker. It plays an instrumental role in signaling time of day and time of year, helping to regulate your body’s internal clock.

Getting enough sleep can also help the resist infection, as some studies have shown that moderate amounts of sleep deprivation reduce the levels of white blood cells which form part of the body’s defence system. Remember when you were sick and went to the doctors and they said rest, they meant it. Sleeping aids recovery not just in sickness but in aiding wounds to heal, antibodies to be made and fighting infection.

Sadly no amount of moisturising will make up for poor sleep habits so here is ten ways to ensure a better nights sleep;

  1. Ensure your bedroom is dark, cool and comfy. If you’ve left the heating on, turn it off, your body will sweat and make you turn more if you do not. In turn sweating can cause spots and blemishes on your skin too.
  2. Pay attention to what you eat and drink. Don’t go to bed either hungry or stuffed. Discomfort might keep you up. Also limit how much you drink before bed otherwise you’ll be up all night peeing.
  3. Get into a good sleep routine – try to go to bed and get up at regular times.
  4. Use relaxation techniques to help relieve stress and worry. Simple bed yoga is so easy. I do this every night and it stretches the worries away.
  5. Use aromatherapy oils and sprays to aid relaxation- Lavender under the pillow helps soothe and aid calmness.

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