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Five (5) Ways To Have A Real Beauty Sleep, To Wake Up Looking Healthier, Younger, More Attractive

Hectic work schedules and busy family lives mean few of us are getting the sleep we need.

 

Not only can a lack of shut-eye leave us feeling tired and sluggish but it can also be damaging to our health, sex life, and looks.

 

Dr Guy Meadows, a sleep specialist and spokesman for Bensons for Beds, explained that the body uses sleep as a time to repair the skin, making your nightly eight-hours essential if you want to stay looking young and fresh.

 

‘New skin cells grow and replace older cells, explaining why when you restrict your sleep it shows on your face,’ Dr Meadows said.

 

Meanwhile researchers at the University of Stockholm found that sleep-deprived people are perceived as being less attractive, less healthy and sadder than those who have slept well.

 

Fortunately there are simple steps everyone can take to improve the quality of their beauty sleep. Here, FEMAIL rounds up five of the best.

 

Benefits of bed: People who sleep well wake up looking more rested, fresher and younger

 

1. SET AN ALARM 

 

An alarm might typically be used to get you out the door but at night it can be a useful tool for helping you get to bed on time.

 

Dr Meadows suggests setting a daily alarm to tell you it is time to start winding down.

 

This will help develop a bedtime routine that will foster healthy and regular sleep patterns.

 

 

One quick way to maximise the beauty benefits of sleep is to adjust your positioning so that you sleep on your back.

 

Sleeping on your side can put pressure on the face that can speed up the breakdown of collagen, eventually leading to visible lines.

 

A change in position will likely mean you have to readjust the type or number of pillows you use as side sleepers typically need more support.

 

 

2. SWITCH OFF SCREENS

 

Time to unwind: The light from laptops and phone screens can impact your sleep

 

Let your brain know that it is time for sleep by switching off your laptop, TV and phone.

 

A mattress can be the key to a good night’s sleep so take time to make sure yours is perfect.

 

Dr Meadows advises keeping these points in mind when choosing:

 

 

A late bed-time or disturbed first hours of sleep disrupts what is known as the golden hours – the early hours of the night when the body experiences a spike in growth hormone production and release.

 

Dr Meadows said: ‘If you’re going to bed late or struggling to fall off to sleep this repair process fails and therefore skin integrity is likely to be challenged.’

 

3. TIDY UP

 

Dr Meadows explained that clutter can lead you to feel stressed at bedtime, which can prompts high level of the hormone cortisol.

 

This is a problem as cortisol breaks down collagen, the protein responsible for making skin elastic and wrinkle free.

 

To avoid this, turn your bedroom into a tranquil environment by removing any unwanted clutter or giving it a quick clean before bed.

 

Forty minutes before settling down to sleep, dim the lights and switch on your favourite relaxing music to maximise the chance of drifting off on time.

 

4. BE A MATTRESS SNOB

 

A mattress can be the key to a good night’s sleep so take time to make sure yours is perfect.

 

Dr Meadows advises keeping these points in mind when choosing.

 

  1. Is it the right firmness?
  2. Does it give you and your partner enough personal sleeping space?
  3. If you or your partner is a restless sleeper, does the mattress stop the other person feeling the movement?
  4. Does it help your temperature stay constant?

 

5. SLEEP ON YOUR BACK

 

One quick way to maximise the beauty benefits of sleep is to adjust your positioning so that you sleep on your back.

 

Sleeping on your side can put pressure on the face that can speed up the breakdown of collagen, eventually leading to visible lines.

 

A change in position will likely mean you have to readjust the type or number of pillows you use as side sleepers typically need more support.

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