The beautifying secrets of sleep
Did you know that having a good, long night’s sleep could actually help you lose weight? According to a recent study from the University of Washington, a slumber of nine hours a night or more might be the secret to staying slim.
Researchers studied twins and found a link between sleep and body mass, which indicated those who have genes connected to obesity are more likely to be overweight if they sleep for shorter periods, suggesting weight-loss is easier for those who sleep more.
But as well as the potential slimming benefits of getting a good night’s kip, your slumber time can also have a huge range of beautifying benefits. I’ve compiled a list of night-time tips below to help you make the most of your sleep and wake up more radiant and energised than ever.
Get the amount of sleep your body needs
Although the levels of shut-eye our bodies require each night varies from person to person, the average baseline is around seven to nine hours for adults, according to The National Sleep Foundation in the US. Ultimately, you will know what your own body wants – but don’t try to cheat it by catching up on lost naptime with weekend lie-ins as this can affect your natural sleep clock.
Mind your drinks
It’s not just the quantity, but the quality of sleep that’s important. To ensure you drop off quickly and stay in a blissful slumber, be mindful of the drinks you’re consuming. Ditch the caffeine from the early afternoon onwards and make sure you don’t gulp down too many liquids in the couple of hours before you go to bed (otherwise you’ll be making unwelcome bathroom trips throughout the night).
Turn your bed into a sleep sanctuary
Does your boudoir shout, ‘do not enter: dirty clothes hazards ahead’ - or does it whisper soothing promises of sleep to help you doze off? Make a habit of keeping your room and bed tidy and inviting so it’s a place you want to sleep in. For added snooze factor try a pillow mist to softly send you into the land of nod. We like The Body Shop’s Deep Sleep Dreamy Pillow and Body Mist and L’Occitane Aromachology Relaxing Pillow Mist.
Pick the perfect pillow
How I wish someone had told be about the existence of sleep wrinkles when I snoozed away every Sunday morning of my twenties. Little did I know then that burying my face into my pillow for naps until noon would create tiny little crinkles that – now I’m in my thirties – no longer disappear after waking. There are measures that can help, though; try a silk or satin pillowcase that will be gentler on your skin, or a pillow that is specially designed not to cause indentations in your face while you sleep.
Let products do the work while you sleep
While your body is rejuvenating itself after a long hard day, it’s the perfect time to let your face cream to take over for the night shift. Why not try a restoring and plumping cream such as Puretopia Sleep & Renew Replenishing & Firming Night Face Moisturiser to help revitalise your skin for when you wake? Or, if you want to give your skin a nourishing boost, try applying Glamourflage’s Satin Sally Sleep Mask overnight.
What are your top tips for getting a good night's sleep?