It’s no secret that getting enough sleep every night is good for your health. From your immune system to your skin, everything in your body is directly affected by how much sleep you get. And while needing a caffeine IV to stay alert is one obvious sign of sleep deprivation, there are some more sinister side effects that those sleepless nights are causing.
Johns Hopkins sleep researcher Patrick Finan, Ph.D says that sleep deprivation can “affect your mood, memory, and health in far-reaching and surprising ways.” Long-term sleep deprivation can lead to more cravings for unhealthy foods, increased risk for high blood pressure, and lowers your body’s ability to fight off colds. Not getting enough ZZZ’s can also make your skin freak out, causing puffiness, breakouts, dryness, and more.
Unfortunately, too many of us aren’t getting the sleep we need to stay healthy and happy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over a third of American adults get less than the recommended seven hours per night. But even if you’re not getting adequate REM, there are still ways that you can maximize the quality of your sleep during those short hours you do manage to catch. Read on for tips on getting your best night’s sleep — and see the fun new way we’re putting the beauty back in beauty sleep.
Put A Mask On It
Light sensitivity can often be a cause for insomnia, so an eye mask can help block out the brightness of any annoying ambient lighting (looking at you, next door neighbor with the obnoxiously bright porch light). Get one that’s oversized so that it’s sure to block out all of the light without gaps for anything to peek through.
But those aren’t the only types of masks that can help you sleep — or at least make you look like you did. Sleeping masks are absolute lifesavers for when you need to perk up and pamper sleep-deprived skin. Fortunately for you, we’re experts in the sleeping mask department — our two signature overnight treatments can help every type of skin look and feel healthy and pampered.
The Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask is a translucent jelly (so it won’t make a mess on your pillowcase) that simultaneously hydrates and exfoliates. It’s rich in amino acids, courtesy of its namesake fruit, which helps repair and maintain the skin’s moisture barrier. Hyaluronic acid helps hydrate the skin, while AHAs gently dissolve dead skin while you sleep. Your skin will look bouncy and bright in the a.m., regardless of how much you actually slept.
If you’re looking to help your dry skin be more balanced and plump, try our Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask. It’s a creamy (not heavy or greasy!) intense moisturizer that comforts tired skin like a soft and cozy robe. We use four forms of the creamy green superfruit — avocado oil, avocado butter, avocado fruit, and avocado extract — to give your skin a huge hydration boost while you sleep. It’s packed with deeply nourishing oleic and linoleic acid, plus there’s manuka honey to protect your skin from environmental stressors.
We want you and your skin to always be well-rested, which is why for a limited time we’re offering two special-edition sets. The Watermelon Sleep Set features our iconic Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, plus an adorable color-coordinated eye mask. The Avocado Melt Sleep Set features, you guessed it, the Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask and a matching pastel green eye mask. Each set is like a lullaby for your skin, letting you drift off into a peaceful beauty sleep. When you catch sight of yourself in the mirror the next morning, you’ll swear you’re still dreaming. Trust us, you’re not: Your skin really looks that good.
Step Away From The Phone
If you find yourself endlessly scrolling through social media or streaming show after show on Netflix at 2 a.m., you might want to reconsider your phone habits. According to the National Sleep Foundation, looking at your devices before bed can suppress melatonin, keeping your brain alert when you’re trying to unwind, and even waking you up in the middle of the night. Instead, remove the temptation and put your phone out of arm’s reach (or better yet, in a different room) and opt for a traditional alarm clock to wake you up in the morning. After all, what you can’t see, you can’t binge.
Invest In Cooling Sheets
According to Daniel Barone, M.D., a sleep expert at Weill Cornell Medicine and author of Let’s Talk About Sleep: A Guide to Understanding and Improving Your Slumber, our bodies regulate temperature differently when we’re sleeping, so it’s possible to overheat if you’re using the wrong type of bedding. Linen sheets seem to be the pick among sleep experts — they have a looser weave than cotton, so they trap less heat. You can also look for newer fabrics like bamboo fiber or tencel, which is said to actually absorb heat.
Try Out A Natural Sleep Supplement
There are a ton of sleep supplements on the market, so choosing the best ones for you can be a game of trial and error. Melatonin supplements are a common pick because melatonin is a hormone that your brain naturally produces when your body needs to sleep. Another top pick is magnesium supplements because magnesium helps regulate melatonin production in your brain. You can also try glycine, an amino acid that can help lower your body’s temperature to indicate that it’s time to sleep.
We’re all busy people, and oftentimes, sleep falls last on our priority list. If you’re not able to get a full night’s rest, try out these helpful tips to give you that eight-hour, literal #IWokeUpLikeThis glow.
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