Top 5 tips on getting your beauty sleep


Hey good-lookin! It’s true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it seems we’re beheld as more beautiful after a restful night’s sleep.

“Beauty sleep” is a phrase that has been thrown around forever, but in mid-December of last year, BMJ, a British medical journal, published a study testing the actual effect of sleep on people’s perception of beauty.

Conducted by Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute, the study proved that sleep affects how people are perceived in terms of attractiveness and health. Participants in the study were photographed after a good night’s sleep and after sleep deprivation. Their photos then were shown to others, who generally noted less attractiveness and perception of health in the photos taken after sleep deprivation.

From a physiological standpoint, your body starts to circulate more blood flow to the skin as a way to lower body temperature before bed, and cells increase production and reduce the breakdown of proteins while you sleep, according to Sleepdex, an independent nonprofit information site dedicated to raising awareness of sleep issues. Proteins help repair damage from stress and UV rays, therefore making your skin look better when you wake up in the morning.

Stress can worsen psoriasis or rosacea, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. It also can make your nails worse, cause hair loss, make you sweat excessively and even cause breakouts. A restful night’s sleep helps alleviate stress, thereby helping your body appear more appealing.

Putting beauty aside, sleep deprivation has been linked to disease, depression and weight gain. The recommended amount of sleep for adults is 6 to 8 hours a night. Any less and you’re not letting your body — let alone your skin — fully rejuvenate.

Having trouble hitting the sack? Here are some tips on getting a good night’s sleep from the Sleep Disorders Institute at New York’s St. Luke’s Roosevelt hospital (as compiled by iVillage) and WebMD:

  1. Exercise every day. Even 20 minutes of walking can help keep stress hormones from interfering with your sleep.
  2. Don’t binge right before bed. An active digestive system can disrupt sleep. But don’t go to sleep hungry, either. Instead, have a balanced meal of sleep-promoting foods like tuna, almonds and eggs to lull you into Snoozeville.
  3. Minimize light, noise and temperature extremes; your bedroom should be kept at about a comfortable 68 degrees.
  4. Beds are for sleeping and sex only. Don’t read, watch TV, work or discuss important issues in bed.
  5. Avoid caffeine, nicotine or other stimulants within four hours of bedtime. Caffeine effects can take up to eight hours to wear off.

Still need more info? WikiHow has even more tips on getting in some quality beauty rest. And click here to learn how relaxation can aid your weight-loss goals.

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