Whether the current pandemic and global situation has left you with a slightly frazzled mind and a head full of worries, or you’re just struggling in general to get some quality shut eye, you potentially need it more than ever during Winter.
The colder, darker seasons can affect our mental health quite abruptly, along with all this time we are staying at home. For some people, perhaps your bedroom has had to double up as a home office, which makes it equally as strange going to the ‘bedroom/home office’ when it comes to switching off at night.
If insomina is a friend (or foe) or yours right now, we’ve put some tips together below on why you need to receive the right amount of restful sleep. There are so many key reasons, but primary reason among them would be the benefits your skin receives from such quality sleep. Us women in general need to be getting those Zzz’s in if we wish to look as glowing and youthful as we can!
The bedding material is key
The type of bedding that you use obviously has a great impact on the quality of sleep – but did you know that it can also affect the overall appearance of your skin? Your bedding material should not only be comfortable but breathable as well so that it does not trap heat inside.
Sheets and pillow-covers made of silk, satin, cotton, etc., are considered great for a light and natural feeling on your skin. Make sure that your bed does not contain a bug infestation or accumulated dust and allergens as these can potentially cause a range of skin infections and may even leave scars. Make use of this guide on getting rid of bed bugs without much hassle, if you have never really given this ‘area’ a though.
If you have quality bedding that feels lovely on your skin, you could be surprised at how much difference it makes when falling asleep! Plus, if you do choose to use silk or satin pillows, your skin and hair will thank you for it in the morning…
Pick your night time products carefully
Make sure that you are applying a proper moisturizer every night before going to bed as this help preserve the suppleness of your skin and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. To counter puffiness of eyes or dark circles, we will recommend that you regularly apply a night eye cream before retiring to bed. Remember to use a brush so that you can easily clean the skin pores and get rid of the dead skin cells before you go to sleep. Before going ahead with any such product, make sure that you do patch test on the back of your hand to see if the product is compatible with your skin.
Your sleeping position matters
A lot of people may not realise this but the position you sleep in at night has a lot of effect on the texture of your skin. Most skin experts suggest that the ideal position is the one in which you lay on your back as this leads to minimum contact with the bedding and pillow. Sleeping on your side on the other hand can lead to wrinkles on your face and chest, but if you do find yourself doing this, it’s where the silk and satin pillow pases and bedding comes in!
The worst sleeping position however, is the one where you lay on your stomach as the added pressure to your face can lead to permanent fine lines and wrinkles. There is also an increased probability of your skin coming in contact with all the dead skin cells and allergens gathered in your bed.
Get rid of the electronics
The regulation of the natural sleep hormone of your body melatonin, gets heavily affected by the blue light emitting from your electronics. This is the primary reason why people are recommended to stop using devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, TVs, etc., at least 90 minutes before going to bed. Apart from the impact on sleep quality, this blue light can lead to skin inflammation, tissue damage and uneven skin tone.
The key to glowing and smooth skin is proper consumption of water throughout the day. Water helps get rid of the unwanted toxins from your body, thus helping improve your skin tone, and helps you stay hydrated while you sleep. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to reduce acnes, skin irritation, puffiness, skin ageing, etc.
Try to drink water in moderation as you inch toward your bedtime as an interruption in sleep can be caused by both a parched throat and a full bladder.
Also, if you have had ample water throughout the day, your body isn’t craving any hydration through the night, which also helps you to have a more restless nights sleep. Make sure you don’t drink a pint of water just before bed though, or else risk those middle of the night toilet trips!
We all have life issues that can create reasons for stressing out in itself. But, that does not mean that you can’t take some time off from your everyday schedule to unwind your mind naturally before going to bed. These activities which can also be called bedtime rituals and can be anything from a light session of meditation or yoga to a warm shower in the evening, from a cup of hot herbal tea to period of exposure to soft music.
Cherish this hour of relaxation in your everyday life and incorporate it into your regular sleep schedule to enjoy a consistently good sleep health.
Everyone should be conscious about sleep and how it plays a huge part within beauty and skincare. Of course, new mums and even long-time mum’s may struggle with this when children and babies aren’t so kind at allowing sleep! However, it’s best to be aware of the things you can do to help, and not to put added pressure on yourself.
Just make sure that if and when you can prioritise sleep, it’s the first thing you do!