Getting great sleep by Sheila Olson

Getting Great Sleep: The #1 Beauty Tip Every Woman Needs to Follow

Do you want to look and feel 10 years younger? Then I have a beauty secret you need to know. No, it’s not a magic pill and it doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars. In fact, it’s 100 percent free.

It’s getting good sleep.

Poor sleep is terrible for you. When you don’t sleep enough or get low-quality sleep, you experience a ton of problems. In the short-term, you have trouble focusing and feel cranky and irritable. You also experience complexion problems such as dull, dry skin, dark circles under the eyes, and eye bags. If you shirk sleep or experience insomnia long-term, your hair thins and your skin starts losing elasticity, giving you a more aged appearance. Not to mention, chronic sleep deprivation wreaks havoc on your physical and mental health.

So, what’s a woman to do? The obvious answer is to get plenty of sleep and make sure it’s high-quality. However, for a lot of us, that’s easier said than done.

If sleep doesn’t come easy for you, use these tips to maximize your beauty rest.

Change Up Your Bedtime Routine

First, you need to stop fiddling around on your phone in bed. Using electronics in bed affects your ability to fall asleep so you don’t get the seven to nine hours you need. Instead of scrolling through social media or watching TV before bed, spend time focusing on a relaxing self-care routine. Taking a bath and pampering your skin is far more relaxing than gazing at a screen, and you’ll wake up looking and feeling more refreshed too.

Upgrade Your Mattress

There’s nothing pretty about waking up with a kink in your neck. If your mattress is affecting your ability to sleep, it’s time for a new one. Don’t be overwhelmed by the options if you haven’t been mattress shopping in a while β€” while new technology means there are a lot more mattress types on the market, it also means you can find a bed that’s perfectly suited to your sleep style. Instead of sifting through the many options yourself, use an online guide to learn the pros and cons of each mattress typeand find the best option in your budget

Wash your pillowcases Often

Your face spends hours laying on your pillow every single night. That means any products, oil, and bacteria that are on your face and hair end up all over your pillowcase. If you don’t change the pillowcase regularly β€” Popsugar recommends weekly β€” you’ll have breakouts to show for it. While you’re at it, add a hypoallergenic pillow cover and replace your pillow if it’s older than two years. Pillows harbor things that trigger allergies, like dead skin and dust mites. If you’ve been having trouble breathing or waking up with itchy eyes, your pillow could be the reason.

Stay Hydrated

You know dehydration is bad for your skin, but did you know it’s bad for your sleep too? According to the National Sleep Foundation, going to bed dehydrated can cause a dry throat, hoarseness, and leg cramps. You’re also more likely to wake up feeling groggy and foggy the next day. Remember to sip water throughout the day and drink a small glass of water before heading to bed. Just don’t drink so much you wake up during the night to use the bathroom!

There are tons of products and tips out there that promise to make you look well-rested even when you’re not. However, while beauty products might cover up the signs of sleep deprivation, they won’t prevent what’s happening under the surface. If you really want to protect your skin, getting high-quality sleep is the only solution.

 

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