The idea of “beauty rest” is as old as time itself. In fact, some of us may consider it archaic; we connect it with the image of a 1950’s housewife, curlers in her hair and a heavy layer of night cream on her face, tucking herself in at 10 p.m. so she can look her best in the morning.
But beauty rest is no old wives’ tale – science shows us that recharging our body each night is important for our health and our appearance. During those seven to nine hours that we are nestled up in bed our bodies are continually working, and this helps to regulate our metabolism, improve our skin, and even help us live longer.
But how can you get the most out of our sleeping hours? Simple – just add a few tweaks to your nightly routine and soon you’ll have that natural glow that Beyonce’s is talking about when she says “I woke up like this.”
Unplug For at Least An Hour
As hard as it may be to pull yourself away from Facebook or your phone (or worst of all, Facebook on your phone), it is very important that you avoid technology in the hours before bed. Why? That soft blue glow of artificial can affect your body’s circadian rhythms, making it hard for you to get sleepy. When you’re not sleepy, you don’t sleep. And when you don’t sleep, you miss out on all the lovely beauty rest.
This is actually a good tip for your daily routine, but you’ll reap the benefits of water while you sleep. That dewy, fresh faced glow you’ve been seeking? The results of drinking plenty of water and letting your skin work it’s magic while you sleep. So drink when you’re thirsty and try to stick to good old H2O – but make sure you don’t get too hydrated, or you’ll be up all night running to the restroom. In fact, WebMD suggests that you stop drinking all liquids at least 2 hours before bed.
Get in The Right Headspace
We’ve all had those nights where we are up until the wee hours, fretting over our to-do lists, what’s going on at work, or some other annoyance that has no business keeping you awake. It’s important that you take some time to relax in the evenings, whether it’s with a little meditation or some gentle yoga to help you loosen up. Taking time to move your body and clear your mind can really help you settle in for the next eight hours (what I like to call your “sleeping shift”). Take some time and do a few simple poses, take some deep breaths as you go, and you’ll be surprised to find how easy it is to get the best sleep of your life.
Of course, the best way to get that beauty rest is the way that works for you. So don’t just take our word for it! Try out different routines until you find the one that feels best. And if you need a few more suggestions, check out these ideas.
Yogis, what’s your favorite way to wind down and get some quality sleep? Tell us in the comments!