We have all heard the saying, “I need my beauty sleep.” Now, scientists have proven that simple saying to be so. Along with obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, anxiety and depression, studies have found that lack of sleep can lead to prematurely aged skin.
Techniques for Getting More Sleep
It is unfortunate that simply stating that you will get more sleep doesn’t make it happen. We all have responsibilities that keep us up at night. From paying bills to working to stealing just a few moments of “me” time, sleep is something that is often sacrificed by women.
You may find yourself unable to sleep due to stress. It is an all too common condition for a woman to lie down at night to only think of all of the tasks she didn’t complete. You may be thinking of all of those things you have to do the next day. You may simply be too anxious or tired to rest your mind.
Make an Agenda
One easy way to keep your mind from turning to unfinished tasks is to make an agenda each day of everything that needs to be done. Don’t try to do more than is humanly possible. Make a list that is doable and watch yourself grow less stressed as each item gets marked off.
Exercise Every Day
You have heard it before, but it bears repeating. Exercise lowers stress, boosts endorphins and helps you to sleep better. You may think you hate exercising, but perhaps you haven’t found the exercise that works best for you. If you don’t feel like you have time, make time. Spend your family time doing something active rather than watching television. Incorporate exercise into one of your daily routines. Take a walk during your lunch hour.
It may be trendy, but that is because it works. Aromatherapy can help you to unwind, destress and get some deep, much needed sleep. Place an electric oil warmer next to your bed. Use a few drops of lavender, bergamot, ylang ylang, clary sage or jasmine. Watch your troubles drift away as you rest quietly with these soft smells in the air.
Develop a Bedtime Routine
Making sleep a habit is perhaps the easiest way to make sure you get the sleep you need. Starting about an hour before bed, turn off all screens. Use this time to relax and unwind. Take off your makeup, if you are wearing any, clean your face, and moisturize with a light, chemical free oil. Argan oil is a good choice because it is gentle and effective while not leaving behind a distracting smell. Change into a cozy pair of pajamas and snuggle into bed. Wear a sleep mask and ear plugs if it helps you.
You will notice brighter, younger looking skin once you develop a sleeping schedule. Adding a moisturizer to your routine, like argan oil, will only increase the effects of a good night’s sleep.