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The Importance of Getting Beauty Sleep

There’s a perfectly logical explanation behind the phrase ‘beauty sleep.’ Our bodies use the time when we’re asleep to recover and recharge. Getting enough sleep is essential for our well-being, general concentration and alertness but also for our skin and hair. Some people might even say that beauty sleep is the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth. When we get enough sleep, our skin manages to recover and create new cells which are crucial for our youthful look. That’s why sound sleep should be your priority. Beauty sleep is one of the secrets to healthy hair, skin and nails

1. How many hours should we sleep?
When talking about amazing reasons to sleep for skin health, the first question that comes to our mind is how many hours of sound sleep is enough? This magical number lies between seven and nine hours a night. However, it’s not all about the amount. What’s also important is the quality of sleep. We can achieve a good quality of sleep by going to bed and getting up at the same time, even at weekends. Sleep deprivation can lead to a tired and exhausted look, dark circles below our eyes, washed-out complexion and more wrinkles and fine lines on our face. It can also cause some inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. Our brain recognizes a lack of sleep as stress, so it has only negative effects on our body and skin.

2. Tips about our bed and bedroom
The environment where we sleep is also important. First of all, in order to get a good night’s sleep, your bedroom should be cool, dark and quiet – that’s how you’ll start your good sleep hygiene. Next, your bed needs to be comfortable and your sheets as well as pillowcases made of quality materials that are soft for the skin, such as cotton or silk. Also, you should ensure you are using the best luxury mattress possible. It is best to use breathable cotton sheets and wash them regularly, so they don’t collect dust mites and bacteria and for pillowcases, it would be best to use silk ones to keep your face skin hydrated during the night. In order to protect your bedding from the dust and dirt, it would be a good idea to use quilt covers. That’s how you’ll make sure that you go to a hygienic and clean bed every night. It is also beneficial to keep all the electronics out of your bedroom in order not to be disturbed. Also, make sure to use laundry detergents that don’t have a too strong smell so you wouldn’t be irritated by it.


3. A bedtime routine
Before going to bed every night, there are some things you can do to improve your skin. It’s an absolute necessity to remove your makeup. If you don’t remove makeup, you’re risking clogging your pores, which can cause acne and other skin problems. You should use a gentle cleanser to remove your makeup at the end of every day. It’s important to use a cleanser that won’t remove the necessary oils and the acidic environment from your skin in order to maintain its healthiness and barrier. Another thing you should use is an anti-aging cream or a serum. These products have more effect when they’re applied during the repair stage. They help counteract fine lines, promote skin renewal, brighten skin tone, reduce acne and boost your skin’s collagen production.

4. Benefits of good night’s sleep
a. A glowing complexion
While we sleep, our body boosts blood flow to our skin, which adds to the glow when we wake up. However, if we don’t get enough sleep, our face will look washed out and lifeless. That happens because when we lack sleep, our blood flow is decreased to our facial area. That causes our skin to look dull and our cheeks to lose colour.

b. Less puffiness
Dark circles around our eyes are something we all experienced when we didn’t catch enough ZZZs. Everybody can notice that we didn’t sleep when they see our puffy eyes. So, by regulating our sleep habits we cause our eyes to be less puffy. Other things that can prevent swelling under our eyes is hydration and the position of our head. We need to keep our skin hydrated at all times, especially when we sleep. If we elevate our head on an extra pillow, it can also help in the reduction of swelling.

c. Fewer wrinkles
Preventing and getting rid of a few wrinkles was never simpler – you just need your beauty sleep! But how do we create fewer wrinkles by sleeping? When we sleep, our body creates collagen, which is a chemical that prevents sagging, wrinkles and fine lines. The more collagen you have, the plumper your skin is. If you compare the number of hours you sleep at night and the number of wrinkles that appear on your face, the calculation is as following: sleeping for only 5 hours a night can lead to creating twice as many fine lines as a 7-hour night’s sleep would create. Lack of sleep also makes the skin drier, which makes thee existing fine lines more visible.

d. More voluminous hair
Lack of sleep also affects our hair. If we are sleep deprived our hair can suffer and we can experience hair loss, breakage, damage, and even growth can be affected. Why is this so? Hair follicles help our hair grow and they get nutrients, minerals and vitamins from blood flow. And when we don’t sleep enough, our blood flow is decreased. Then hair has difficulty growing. Lack of sleep also causes stress, which creates hormone cortisol which is responsible for hair loss. So, when we keep our beauty sleep regularly, we also nourish our hair together with our skin.

e. Healthier appearance
When you sleep for sufficient hours, you also look happier and healthier. Your mouth isn’t dropping, you don’t furrow and frown as much, you don’t have red, swollen eyes, sagging eyelids and paler skin. All in all, people who don’t catch enough ZZZs, look less healthy than people who do.

Beauty sleep isn’t just a myth – it stems from something real and important for us and that’s why it’s crucial that we understand it’s important for us, our health and appearance in general.

Article written by:
Mia Johnson
Freelance writer & Fitness Expert From Sydney, Australia
miajohnson067@gmail.com

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