10 Tips for Better Beauty Sleep
They call it beauty sleep for a reason. Have you ever had such a rough night’s sleep that you looked haggard and disheveled the next morning? Your hair was a mess and there were dark circles under your eyes?
If you get a good night’s sleep, you’ll look refreshed and beautiful the next day.
So many of us have a hard time getting our necessary beauty sleep these days. But no more! Follow these tips to help you get to sleep and stay there. (And this is coming from some who used to have terrible insomnia!)
10 Tips for Better Beauty Sleep You Can Start Tonight
- Take your TV out of your bedroom. The more you equate alertness (like watching TV) to what you do in bed, the harder it will be to fall asleep. Designate your bedroom as a sleep-only zone (save for a few nocturnal activities too NSFW), and your body will learn that it’s time to shut down once you crawl between the covers.
- Regulate the temperature. Nothing ruins a good night’s sleep worse than a scorching, sweaty tangle of sheets or teeth-chattering chills even with several comforters. Do what you can to keep the temperature in your bedroom just right. If you like it cool, turn down the heat a few hours before bedtime. If you like it warm, heat up your sheets with a heating pad right before you get into bed.
- Add some white noise. I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time sleeping in a room that’s silent. I always have a noisy fan blowing as I slumber. Not for the wind, but for the soft whirring of the blades. If you don’t want to use a fan, you could also try a sleep machine that has options for white noise, thunderstorms, light rain or other pleasing sounds.
- Leave your troubles behind. If you have a lot on your mind, your thoughts may be keeping you awake. Before you hop into bed, tell yourself to table what’s worrying you. You can always think about these things in the morning. For now, your mind needs rest. While in bed, if you start thinking of these negative things, push them away. They have no place in dreamland.
- Don’t exercise right before bed. Intense cardio workouts keep your heart pumping and raise your energy levels, making it tough to catch some Zs. If you really feel a need to exercise before bed, keep it relaxing, like some bedtime yoga.
- Start a nighttime beauty routine. The more you have a routine before bed, the more your brain will realize it’s time to shut down. And since you should have a nighttime skincare routine anyway, you’ll kill two birds with one stone. Remove your makeup, wash your face, and add some heavy night moisturizer. You’ll be glowing in the morning.
- Include other bedtime routines. Besides your beauty routine, add other duties to your nighttime repertoire. Before I hop into bed, I make sure my heat is turned down, my door is locked, and my cell phone is right where I want it. I also say aloud the things I want to get done the next day. You’ll be readying yourself for a sound sleep.
- Avoid foods and drinks that’ll keep you awake. That means you should only consume caffeine in the first half of the day (if at all). That includes coffee, some sodas and teas, and anything with a lot of chocolate. As yummy as a big slice of chocolate cake may be, you’d best not leave that treat for right before bed.
- Eat foods and drinks that will relax you and make you sleepy. If you like tea, you may want to try Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime tea. It’s delicious and flavored with spearmint. You could also try turkey for dinner or a warm glass of milk for their sleep-inducing ingredients.
- Get comfortable. Find the softest and least constricting pajamas you can. Or, if you’re brave and there isn’t anyone you don’t want to see, forgo the pajamas and sleep in the nude. You’ll want to be as comfortable as possible in order to have the best sleep. Cover your bed in your favorite pillows and blankets so you feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud.
There. Now you have no excuse for a bad night’s sleep. Gone are the dark circles and bad attitudes that comes from a lack of quality beauty sleep.
Do you have any of your own tried-and-true tips for better sleep? Let us know in the comments!
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