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Is beauty sleep a real thing or just another myth? Surprisingly, this one is real. Admittedly, for many of us sleep is a precious luxury that’s often too hard to come by. And while coffee serves as a convenient substitute to perk up our energy levels, it does little for our appearance.
Obviously, promising yourself an extra couple of hours of kip is easier said than done. You can’t exactly ask you boss if you can start later each morning because it will make your skin look younger (although wouldn’t that be great?) What you can do is maximise the sleep you do manage to get. We’ve compiled a few simple tips to help you have a sounder night’s sleep than a sloth.
1. Make sure the room is dark. Exposure to even dim light at night, such as a glowing TV screen, could prompt changes in your brain that lead to mood swings.
2. Keep your bedroom cool. Heating can throw off your natural body temperature, which will result in a disturbed night’s sleep. The optimum temperature for the room should be around 16-18°C.
3. Waking up in the night to go to the toilet will bring you out of your deep sleep and it will take time to get back in to it.
4. Read a book or listen to calming music before you shut your eyes. Having too much on your mind may give you a restless night’s sleep.
5. Invest in a good quality mattress that is right for you and your body. Since you spend on average of 2,555 hours a year on your mattress, it's worth investing in a great quality one that suits your bodily needs.
6. Don’t look at a bright screen before going to sleep. The blueish light that screens emit can stop you getting a good night’s sleep since it convinces the brain it’s still daytime.
7. Take time out of your evening to prepare for bed and get in to a regular routine. This may include drinking a hot drink, having a bath or preparing your clothes for the next day. It allows the mind to wind down and prepare for sleep.
8. Don’t drink caffeinated coffee after 5pm. It takes your body three to five hours to break down caffeine, thus drinking it after this time could keep you awake.
9. Tidy room, tidy mind. Keep your bedroom neat and organised. Items out of place and mess has been proven to make you feel anxious and stressed, two factors, which affect sleep.
10. Wear clothes that allow your skin to breathe. Comfort is extremely important, reduce the chances of anything irritating you in your sleep.
11. Spray your room with scents. Lavender is renowned for being good for inducing sleep.