It’s no secret that you feel better after a good night’s sleep. But, do you actually look better too?
Turns out the age old phrase of “get your beauty sleep” isn’t just a cheeky phrase we like to throw around. Research shows that the concept of ‘beauty rest’ actually has scientific merit.
The concept of beauty sleep is that you’ll look better in the morning after getting a full night of rest. When study participants were asked to look at photos of both well-rested and sleep-deprived people, they reported that the sleep-deprived ones looked less healthy and less attractive while the well-rested ones appeared healthier and more attractive.
The thing to note is that while you are sleeping, there are many restorative processes happening beneath the surface of the skin.
As we know, environmental factors such as pollution and sun exposure can break down collagen in the skin during the day, and the magic of our bodies replenish collagen while we sleep. So now we know how a good nights sleep can assist with collagen production which in turn gives the skin a youthful, firm look.
*Side Note: sleep deprivation also messes with your hormones which then in turn affects your hair growth!
So here are a few tips to maximise your ‘beauty sleep’ benefits :
Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep.
Blue light can disrupt your sleep-wake cycle so the ever popular ritual of scrolling through your feed or catching up on the latest episode of your current Netflix binge isn’t exactly the best sleep-promoting practice. Cont kill the messenger, but perhaps you need to consider stowing your phone an hour before bedtime and pick up a book instead.
Another classic rule of thumb is to avoid consistent alcohol, caffeine and big meals before bed.
I think we will have to provide some tips and ideas to promote rest and relaxation.
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