Getting a good night’s rest is important for our physical health. A good night’s rest is vital for memory consolidation and gives time for resting our muscles and for our skin.
Did you know the term “beauty sleep” is true? The better we sleep at night the more healthful our complexions can be. A lack of sleep makes our bodies produce more of the stress hormone cortisol, and it has been found that high levels of cortisol can lead to increased stress and inflammation in the body, severely affecting our skin’s quality. We have created a list of the 10 best tips for a better night’s rest.
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Sleep in a Darkened Room
Remove all lights from your bedroom and purchase dark out curtains if your widows face the East rising sun. If you cannot remove all light sources, you should consider using a sleep mask.
Remove Clocks Near Your Bed
“Clock watchers” tend wake up in the middle of the night and worry about how many hours they have until it’s time to wake. Consider putting the clock in a drawer or facing away from you while you rest.
Make Sure Your Pillow is the Appropriate Size
Like choosing a mattress, the choice of a pillow is very personal. The best pillow for sleeping needs to support your head in all of the right areas. Your neck should be in a flat position while sleeping to avoid neck pain. If you sleep on your side, you should look for a firm pillow that supports your head and neck. If you like sleeping on your back, a medium to firm pillow will offer you the best support. Individuals who sleep on their stomach should choose a soft pillow to ease any neck strain.
Go to Sleep and Wake Up At The Same Time Every Day
Keeping a regular sleep schedule is very importance. In doing so, you’re helping your body’s natural circadian (internal) clock. This will help you fall asleep and wake up more easily.
Cut Caffeine At Least 5 Hours Before Bed
Caffeine’s effects last a long time and can affect your ability for a good night’s rest. Experts recommend cutting out the caffeine in the early afternoon to avoid any trouble sleeping.
When your body has been moving and your muscles are worn, the more likely your body will consent to a good rest. Even just a few minutes of physical activity to your day can make a difference in your rest.
De-Stress Prior to Going to Bed
Keeping your mind clear makes it easier to fall and stay asleep. Consider doing a “mental checklist” or reading your favorite book before bed to clear your mind.
No Alcohol Right Before Bed
Drinking right before falling asleep may sound like a good way to relax before bed but, when the buzz wears off in the middle of the night, that may make your body more prone to wakefulness in the middle of the night. This is because your body turns alcohol into sugar, which is used as energy, keeping you awake.
Paint Your Bedroom Walls a Tranquil Color
Cool family colors such as blue, light greens and grays are great color choices for bedroom walls. Whatever color you choose is great as long as it soothes you.
A 2005 study found that a whiff of lavender before bed led to a deeper sleep in most people tested. Although long-term effects have not been studied, a light scent of lavender not only may help you sleep more soundly but it’s also a very pleasant, relaxing smell.