Did you know that on average, people will spend one-third of their life asleep? Sleeping is vital, like eating or staying hydrated but it is not just “sleeping” that is important. If you always change your sleeping hours, your body clock will have difficulties to adjust and consequently, your energy level will be impacted. Same if you have an uncomfortable bed or harsh sleeping environment (noise, extreme temperature, light pollution…), the quality of your sleep will decrease.
The quality of your sleep has a direct impact on your overall health and look. If you lack sleep, your body cannot process a certain amount of tasks normally done during this period. While you’re asleep, your body will detoxify itself, repair what needs to be repaired and also, amongst other tasks, maintain your immune system. As you could guess, a lack of sleep will have a negative impact on the aspect of your skin. Your skin is the biggest organ of your body, and it is a good indicator of your overall energy level.
As we like to say you need to be glowing on the inside in order to glow on the outside. If you feel like you could or should improve the quality of your sleep, we’ve gathered a few tips that will guarantee you work wonders on it!
- Turn off your screens after a specific time
We all know it, phones, laptops, TVs, tablets… are stimulating our brain when sometimes we should just start to relax and prepare to go to bed. The blue light which is emitted from these screens has a specific wavelength, which affects the level of melatonin in our body and postpones our desire to sleep. As you know, all our screens use a mix of Red, Green & Blue to create the panel of colours, so even if we don’t perceive it, there is blue in the mix. Hence why it is advised to stop watching screens after a certain time, that you decide. 10 pm, 11 pm… doesn’t matter as long as you follow your rule. After a few days, you will notice changes.
If having your brain busy even when you try to fall asleep is really necessary, then read a book or something you like. Paper support, as opposed to a screen, doesn’t project lights that will activate your brain. You might even get tired after a few minutes of reading!
- Change your bedsheets
Being comfy in your bed and feeling like a little cocoon is part of the pleasure of going to bed. If you have rough bed sheets, the quality of your sleep will be negatively impacted! A good basis to choose comfy bed sheets is, first, to check the fabric. Usually, the cheap ones contain polyester which is a form of plastic, it might feel soft at the beginning but will soon show its true nature, a sort of cardboard feeling if you like. The opposite could be silk, which can be classified as the top price-wise. Silk is super soft, but also super slippery. And in the middle, you will find the cotton versions. Cotton can be organic, non-chemically treated or coloured, and the softness will depend on the origin of the cotton (Egyptian or Pima … are the best), the thread count (usually between 300 and 500 is the sweet spot), but also the length of the fibres. It might seem a lot, but don’t worry, you can find really good 100% cotton bed sheets even in the main street shops, the important is to feel their softness, and to prefer clear and pale colours, not too aggressive. We will soon release a review about Aizome 100% natural Bedsheets, so stay tuned!
So head up to your closest shop and feel the sheets you can find, it doesn’t need to be expensive to be soft!
- Try and sleep at regular hours
If you go to bed every night at midnight, and one day you decide to go super early (let’s say 8 pm) because you want to recover from your overall lack of sleep, unfortunately, you will not obtain the best results from this method. You have a body clock that will not understand what happens and it is likely to end up on a smartphone watching silly stuff instead of getting actual rest.
So instead, try and decide of a “bedtime”, this will be the hour from which you stop any activity and go to bed. Think of an “alarm” but to fall asleep instead of waking up, exactly the same, you could even set up an alarm for this!
- Dot not take exciting food too late
We all know that coffee is not the best friend of sleep, but there are other types of food to avoid too. For example, try and avoid high-fat food, which will activate digestion in a way that will disrupt your sleep. Also beware of caffeine hidden in other products, such as chocolate (yes!), cola, tea, but also some medication or food supplements (yes yes!), especially the weight loss ones. Another classic one is sugar, you can see the reaction on children, where they become overexcited when they have some candy or anything high in sugar. It works also for adults, and even if you are probably not going to jump everywhere, sugar will wake you and prevent you from falling asleep, for a while.
- Think feng shui!
Feng shui is an ancient Chinese system explaining how you can get the most benefits from your interior by placing your furniture in a specific way.
rearranging your bedroom might actually be a good way of improving your sleep, with ideas you’d have never thought of. Also try and avoid vivid colours, for more soft, watercolours. Feng Shui will also help you decide which colour could be best.
- Try relaxing plants
If tea isn’t really recommended at night because it contains theine, another option is a herbal infusion. Their advantage is to not contain any exciting component. You can buy them ready to go or make your own. There are plenty of plants which are recognized to help with sleep quality, the most famous ones like chamomile but also passionflower, valerian, or even lavender!
We believe in a holistic approach and this is why we have to consider an element that is sometimes forgotten, and which is sleep quality. A healthy-looking skin will be the result of a healthy lifestyle, eat well, sleep well, protect your skin against the sun… to sum up, take care of yourself, and you will glow naturally.