The #1 Beauty Essential: Beauty Sleep
“Having peace, happiness and healthiness is my definition of beauty. And you can’t have any of that without sleep.” –Beyonce (www.people.com)
If it is good enough for the queen B, it is good enough for every it-girl out there. And what else—it’s free!
Why is sleep so essential?
There are so many benefits to sleep: increases mental performance, balances mood and emotions, fights off disease and infection, maintains a healthy immune system by getting rid of toxins in the brain and lymphatic system and lastly is the most important time for cells to rejuvenate themselves.
It is proven that well-rested people look more attractive.
Not only are people capable of detecting lack of sleep in others appearance but actual perpetual loss of sleep has many negative side effects to our health and physical appearance. Think along the lines of grumpy, frumpy, tired and unfocused along with dull skin and hair, breakouts, skin problems and fine lines. This is not us at our best!
How much sleep do you need?
Webster’s Dictionary defines Beauty Sleep as “sleep before midnight.” However, most adults need 7–9 uninterrupted hours of beauty sleep a night to maintain their optimal health and feel well-rested.
Not only is quantity important when catching your beauty zzz’s but also quality and regularity.
Regularity is important because healthy sleep is part of the daily rhythm of life. Your body sleeps best at night when it is dark. It also functions best when you keep a regular routine. Try to wake up at the same time every morning, and go to bed when you feel sleepy. (www.sleepeducation.org)
“Chronic lack of sleep, or poor-quality sleep, has an incredibly negative effect on the way we feel—and on the way we look. When we are asleep, our cells rebuild and repair themselves (the growth hormone functions only at night). If you don’t sleep, this function is impaired. If you sleep badly, you are likely to become stressed, and this can cause the capillaries to tighten up, affecting the flow of nutrients to the skin and scalp and causing the skin and hair to look dull.” (www.dailymail.co.uk)
Sleep is an It-Girl’s super power. It feeds the brain, body and skin. Keeping us ultimately optimized and always re-charged!
“Poor sleep can lead to increased stress hormones in the body that increase the severity of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne or psoriasis,” explains Jessica Krant, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and founder of Art of Dermatology in New York. This can result in increased itching, which can disrupt sleep. As the vicious cycle continues, skin conditions and sleep quality can increasingly worsen together. In contrast, skin conditions and sleep quality can also improve together. Getting a good night’s sleep will help to clear up skin, which allows sleep to improve and, in turn, will improve skin health.” (6 Amazing Reasons to Sleep for Skin Health)
We will be unable to look and feel our best if we are depriving our bodies of sleep. No matter how hard we try to cover our tiredness with makeup and large frame designer sunnies—people notice! Beauty sleep is the foundation to building and maintaining your most beautiful self. It is the first step on your journey to feeling and looking more beautiful than ever.