Sleep is one of those things that most of us don’t pause and think about how vital it is to our health. We get used to “cheating” when it comes to making sure we get enough sleep. Sure, we do our best to make sure that we get a full night’s sleep, but coffee, tea, and other sources of a wake-up jolt of caffeine are all waiting for if things don’t go exactly right. A strange, modern sort of fear of being disconnected also means we tend to work against ourselves when it comes to getting enough sleep. This just won’t do. It hurts our body and mind in a lot of little ways that we might not notice at first, but there are eventually signs enough that make it clear that we need to get some sleep. Making the effort to get a healthy amount of sleep is actually one of the ways we can all work towards having great skin. Admittedly, that effort can be a little harder than we might like.
Sleep and Great Skin
The connection between your skin and getting enough sleep is surprisingly simple despite them not seeming immediately connected. We keep moving all day long as we burn energy to get through our days and cause wear and tear on our entire body. Our skin quietly takes a lot of unspoken damage in this period of time. When we finally lay down to get some sleep, our bodies get the chance to actually try to heal all of that damage. Yes, they patch things up some during the day, but the truly intensive healing happens at night. That’s because we’re no longer moving and actively damaging our bodies. It allows all that energy we’d otherwise be using to go directly towards repairs. This is necessary for your skin to look its best as it needs to have the time and energy to get your skin’s natural repair functions to do their jobs. Giving it that time allows your skin to look healthier, firmer, and all the more youthful. Getting all the necessary sleep may be difficult, but there are techniques you can use to make it more likely.
Hacking Your Brain
Getting enough sleep can be a frustrating affair. It always seems like something conspires to wake us up or makes it hard to sleep. The latter one can be worked against by training your brain to behave more naturally. This involves giving it definable patterns of rest that allow it to know when it is time to sleep without making it harder on ourselves. A good way to approach this is just to go to sleep at the same time every day. Your body will recognize there is a pattern to when you wake and sleep. This, in turn, becomes gradually ingrained in your mind until it becomes second-nature. Sticking to the pattern will make it far easier to rest. Additionally, you can rely on your brain’s sophisticated internal clock to help you sleep too. It knows when light levels begin to get low that rest needs to happen soon. Swapping to dimmer lights at night will help give your brain the signal to calm down and prepare to sleep even if you’ve had a hectic day. Both of these are effective ways to “hack” your brain’s systems to help you sleep a little easier. There are some more direct approaches though.
Avoiding Bad Habits
Most of us are attached to our personal bits of technology in ways we wouldn’t have fathomed a couple of decades ago. Technology has become so common and convenient that it is hard to imagine our lives without it. We do need to make the effort to disengage occasionally if we want to get enough sleep though. Technically, we should try to disengage from any pieces of technology with an LCD or similar screen a couple of hours before bed to avoid sleep disturbance thanks to the “blue light” the tech emits. Additionally, it is best to turn off all our alerts and alarms on our smartphones, desktops, and other bits of technology. These can startle us back into waking at unwelcome times or otherwise wake us up randomly and make it harder to get a full night’s rest. It takes some adjustment to make these habits for our evenings, but they will help most of us sleep far easier. Trying to read a book in the two hours before bed is believed to help people relax as well and a good way to have an engaging form of entertainment without it being something that makes it hard to sleep.
Working to create an environment suitable for sleep is actually a piece of the skincare puzzle. A good night’s sleep helps your skin have the resources it needs to keep our skin healthy each day and slow the signs of aging. We have to be willing to put in the effort to actually have a good night’s sleep though. Without it, many of us will keep struggling to get enough sleep and that struggle will show on our skin.