How I Get My Beauty Sleep

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I used to think that I was a functioning insomniac. That may have been true in my college years (probably only in my mind though). Now, I need a minimum of 7 hours, preferably 8 or more to feel 100% recharged. All the make-up and products in the world can’t fake a good night of sleep. Trust me, I’ve tried. I might be able to conceal and brighten with all my might to come close, but definitely not my best look. When I’m tired, I don’t look or feel like myself. My brain is foggy and my make-up doesn’t apply the same way either. Above all, I am cranky. I’ve learned that quality sleep needs to be planned with a strategy. At least for me that is, otherwise I can putz around all night until the sun comes up.

Beauty Sleep Tips:

1. No coffee after 12 pm. This includes decaf. Like many others, I love my morning coffee. It gives me the extra jolt I need and I love the taste of good coffee. I used to drink a few cups throughout the day thinking that I was immune to the impact it would have on my sleep. I was wrong. Now, I stay away from even decaf in the evenings and am amazed that I am able to get to sleep (duh!) and stay asleep much better.

2. No eating or drinking 2 hours before bed.  This was probably the hardest habit for me to break. I’m a big snacker and love a good cup of tea. I’ll have something light if I need it but I’ll try my best not to. This way, I can sleep soundly through the night without having to wake up to use the bathroom. I am not someone who can go back to sleep easily once I wake up so making sure I remove all disruptions to my 8 hours is crucial.

3. Exercise regularly but not too late. I sit at a desk most of the day so a daily gym routine is absolutely necessary. Exercising gets my endorphins and heart rate up so if I work out past 8 pm I find myself having a harder time getting to sleep. If I can’t get to the gym until late, I’ll go for a walk on the treadmill or do some yoga and light stretching.

4. Boost melatonin. I’ve been taking one melatonin at night. It’s natural, a powerful antioxidant, and helps to synchronize the body’s circadium rhythms. It’s been helping me get a deeper, more quality sleep.

5. Turn off electronics. I turn off all electronics at least an hour before bed. I even replaced my digital clock with a cute analog one from here. If I do have to look at my phone or iPad, I use an app called f.lux that removes sleep hindering blue light by adding an orange tint. I use a sleep mask that keeps the room pitch black. Despite it’s frilly appearance, it’s actually quite a lifesaver. I bring one with me on long car rides, planes, and hotels.

6. Wind down with an audio book. I’ve really gotten into audible recently. It allows me to read a book while keeping my eyes shut. I’m able to naturally fall asleep without having to just lay in bed with my eyes closed in silence.

7. Create a sleep haven. I’ve never understood how some girls can spend several hundred dollars on a pair of shoes or handbag but skimp on their mattress and bedding. We spend a good chunk of our lives in bed so for me the investment into creating a comfortable sleeping environment was obvious.

Do you have any tips?

 

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