Zzz'leep? Get it? SO MANY PUNS.
Ever had a heavy weekend and woken up on Monday with a nice couple of whiteheads, bags under your eyes and a banging headache? Of course you have, we all have!
Or maybe a long, stressful weekend at the in-laws or on an action packed weekend away. Our skin loves to punish us for having a bit of fun. But fear not, we've got your back! We've got some tips to make sure you're getting the best shut-eye to allow your mind and body to recover from the fun.
We like to move it- move it
Did you know that exercise can help relieve insomnia?
According to a study at Northwestern University’s Department of Neurobiology and Physiology, people who got aerobic exercise four times a week improved their quality of sleep- and they were less tired during the day, reported less depressive symptoms and had more vitality.
You should avoid exercise 2-3 hours before your bedtime though so no trying to squeeze in a late night workout. The increase in temperature during your workout can make it harder for you to fall asleep.
Set yourself a bedtime and stick to it every night, even on the weekends (sounds like a blessing in disguise to us). Remember the recommended number of hours to sleep every night is 8 hours but generally, anywhere between 7-9 hours is enough depending on your age.
Teenagers (14-17): Recommended sleep time is 8-10 hours
Younger adults (18-25): Recommended sleep time is 7-9 hours
Adults (26-64):Recommended sleep time is7-9 hours.
Older adults (65+): Recommended sleep time is 7-8 hours
Going to bed at the same time every day will help keep your biological clock in order and expect/ allow sleep at the same time.
If you need to change your sleeping pattern, do it gradually in 15 minutes increments.
Do as Frankie says 'Relax, don't do it'
Allow your body to unwind and shut down from the day- this is vital to allowing your body to shut down and let you sleep well.
Build a ritual before bed. Whether that be a warm bath, soothing music or reading a book. Scrolling through Facebook & Instagram doesn't count!
Build a sleeping haven
Your bedroom should be cool, dark & quiet. 65 degrees is the ideal temperate for your bedroom.
We don't expect anyone to completely remove their TV from the bedroom (Erm, Netflix!) but your TV should be turned off when you're in bed. The light and activity on the TV will keep your brain from unwinding.
Blackout blinds & low wattage light bulbs. The blinds can be an investment but they are worth it, they allow you to have uninterrupted sleep and the bulbs are a no brainer. The soft light they give off allows your brain to accept that it can start winding down. They can also be rather romantic!
Silky McSilkson has a great album out featuring great songs to get you off to sleep.
We're joking. Not a real person, we don't think. However if you happen to know someone called Silky McSilkson, what an awesome name!
Silk or Satin pillowcases. Not just something for the extravagant, they actually have a lot of benefits for your face. They will help your skin retain and in turn prevent wrinkles (that is a big claim, we know, but they also feel lovely and soft. Silky some might say)
You mustn't forget how important it is to wash and replace your sheets regularly too. We sweat and shed a lot of skin when we sleep (you'd be surprised!) so our bedding becomes quite the home for bacteria. Different rotations work for different people but you should be trying to wash your sheets at least once a week.
How Sleeping Patterns Affect Your Skin
Getting the ideal amount of shut-eye for you can have a big impact on how your skin looks and feels. From lack of sleep to the quality of your bedding, your skin needs that time to go to the workshop and do it's daily repairs.
When someone is deprived from sleep, it will do more than make you take turns shutting one eye at your desk. Not only can lack of sleep increase how quickly your skin ages but it can actually result in a wearing down of the skin's natural barrier function. A whole load of bad news that leads to dry, more sensitive and more irritated skin.
Beauty sleep doesn’t automatically equate to perfect skin, but it certainly helps, so make sure you’re getting the recommended amount of shuteye every night.