They don’t call it ‘beauty sleep’ for nothing. A well rested night means a great looking YOU the next day. For sure, I recall many nights that were on the rough side, with either a sick child or some insomnia issues – and that roughness certainly showed through in my face the next day.
While you sleep, your body repairs itself. Experts say you need 8 hours of sleep to avoid puffy, bloodshot eyes, as well as dark under-eye circles and a pale washed-out complexion.
Your bedroom should be a sanctuary of rest and relaxation with a comfortable mattress, fresh and soft bed sheets with a quality pillow for neck support. A lovely quiet dark room is ideal for a good night sleep. And not just these factors influence your sleep, there is lots more you can do to get some good zzz’s into the night.
- Exercise every day. Even 20 minutes of walking can help keep stress hormones from interfering with your sleep.
- Avoid large meals just before bedtime. An active digestive system can disrupt sleep.
- Minimize light, noise and temperature extremes; your bedroom should be comfortably cool, about 68 degrees.
- Don’t read, watch television or work in bed. Use the bed only to sleep. This helps prevent you from developing sleep disorders.
- Avoid caffeine, nicotine or other stimulants within four hours of bedtime.
Yes, she brings one of her pillows because she used to hog ours and we complained that these were our pillows. Her cute flower pillow goes back to her room every morning to make a point that this is where she sleeps. I’m sure every parent has tons of little night time stories that involve their kids in their bed. I know these are the best nights in the world, even though they’re disrupted and my ‘beauty sleep’ isn’t really beauty sleep anymore. Still – Love them.
My goal for this week, is to try and go to bed earlier each night. I got into a bad habit of staying up late. Most likely because my daughter goes to bed later too with the summer days getting so long – sometimes the evenings are the best times to hang around outside – but the bedtime strategies go out the window.
So my goal. Go to bed early. No excuses.
Are you getting proper beauty sleep these days?
ps. I took this shot of my daughter’s feet in our bed this morning. I like how her pillow is right there next to her yet she still slept on my side of the bed ;) And my head was almost falling off when I woke up ;) I know one day, she won’t do this anymore so this is a sweet part of ‘right now’ that I want to hold on to….
bedroom photo on top : source
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