It goes without saying that lack of sleep can exhaust anyone. It influences our ability to think, work, analyze and correctly react to daily events. In addition, it is the easiest way to become a complete psycho. Numerous worldwide researches have proved the damaging effects of sleepless nights (for those interested in detailed scientific data and figures, Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School posts lots of information about various researches on their web site). This article, however, is dedicated to the connection between sleep and beauty. And let me be straight from the very beginning: the connection is undeniable.
Sleep is one of the most important physiological processes. While we are sleeping, our skin cells are at work: they are being renewed almost twice faster than during the day. As a result, skin gets rid of many toxins and wrinkles and gets enriched with collagen. Lack of this protein (collagen) is the reason for dry skin, lines, cellulite, dull hair, etc. Rapid process of skin renewal is the no. 1 reason for keeping your skin clean and removing any makeup before going to bed.
Looking through various materials and research data to back up my statements in this article I discovered an interesting fact: sleep can be helpful to those trying to loose extra weight. It turns out that lack of sleep may cause imbalance of hormones responsible for burning calories. Therefore, healthy sleep is a great addition to dieting and work outs.
But what is healthy sleep? Is it possible with the busy schedules of the modern life? To my opinion, it is possible when:
-you devote enough time to sleep (of course!). It is a fact that an average person should sleep
7-8 hours a day. However, I think you could get away with 6 hours if necessary. Some researchers say that according to our biological rhythms, the best time to sleep is between 11pm and 5 am; and it is absolutely necessary to sleep between 2 am and 4 am because these are the hours of the deepest sleep.
-Do not eat right before going to bed. It is not even about the calories. If you load your stomach before sleep, it will not get any rest at night. If you are hungry late, eat at least 2 hours before bed and choose light foods like fruit, vegetables, yoghurts, etc.
-It is important to sleep on cotton sheets (or other natural material). Natural fabrics let our body and skin breathe at night.
-Keep air in your bedroom fresh.
-Relax before going to bed. Boring but useful! A hot bath or shower, a cup of mint tea, a relaxing massage or great sex will work perfectly. They all bring lots of positive emotions and tune your body into the rest mode.
Sleep well and stay young and beautiful longer!