While there are tons of beauty products out there that promise to make us all look younger, keep in mind that one of the most important things you can do for your skin is to get a great night’s sleep. The effects of sleep on our overall appearance is almost immeasurable, which is why they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. If sleep seems to elude you at night, these simple tips may be just what you need to get some shut eye.
6 Tips For Getting Your Beauty Sleep:
1. Don’t exercise within 4 hours of your bedtime.
Working out will definitely improve the length and quality of your sleep, but if you get your workout in too close to your bedtime, you probably won’t be able to get good rest. Exercising elevates your body temperature which inhibits sleep, but that cool-down phase is what makes you drowsy.
2. Drink milk, not a martini.
A few hours after drinking, the alcohol levels in your blood start to drop signaling your body to wake up. It takes about an hour for the average person to metabolize a drink, so if you have 2 glasses of wine with dinner, give yourself 2 hours before going to bed.
3. Eliminate light sources.
Light is a very powerful signal to your brain to wake up. The glow from your cell phone, laptop or other electronics can pass through your closed eyelids signaling your brain that it’s time to get up.
4. Wear sunglasses after 4 p.m.
We know this sounds weird, but the less sunlight you see, the more melatonin you make. You need melatonin to signal your body to prepare for sleep. We aren’t saying you have to live in a cave, but wearing sunglasses will help.
5. Sleep in your socks.
We all know it’s best to sleep in temperatures between 60 and 67 degrees, if your feet are cold, it could be doing the opposite. Nice warm toes signal your body that it’s time to sleep!
6. Watch your caffeine intake after 2 p.m.
Laying off the the caffeine around 2 in the afternoon means the effects of any you’ve had prior to that time will have time to wear off.
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