We all feel like we look better after a good night’s sleep. It turns out that that’s true! But, there’s good news. With some small changes to your sleep hygiene habits, you can make yourself look and feel healthier!
What is Sleep Hygiene?
Sleep hygiene is a catch-all term for behaviors that affect your sleep, either positively or negatively. Education about sleep hygiene often used in cognitive behavioral therapy to treat insomnia. Positive sleep hygiene moves you towards getting higher quality sleep that leaves you feeling more rested in the morning whenever you sleep, such as by checking your carbon monoxide detector to ensure it works. Negative sleep hygiene often leaves you struggling to fall asleep or waking feeling unrested. You want to cut out as many of the negative behaviors as possible in order to look and feel your best in the morning.
Here’s just a few of the ways that a good night’s sleep – and changing a few of your bedtime behaviors – can change the way you look and feel. All of these things can be improved simply by getting a good night’s sleep, but there are some other tips for you, too.
You’ll Have Fewer Wrinkles
Your body produces collagen while you sleep. Collagen refreshes your skin, making it less likely to wrinkle. Getting five hours of sleep a night can nearly double the number of fine lines on your face. Getting a good night’s sleep will also improve your mood, making you less likely to furrow your brow and frown. These expressions create more wrinkles and make you look
If you can, sleep on your back. It will keep the collagen in your face from breaking down and creating sleep lines that could turn into permanent wrinkles. If you can’t sleep on your back, try using a contoured memory foam pillow or upgrading your pillowcases to silk or satin. These are less hard on your face and hair.
Your Skin Will Glow
Your body also boosts blood flow while you sleep and when you’re well rested, which is what gives it that glow of health that is so sought after.
You can also work to improve the moisture and blood flow in your face by adding a night cream or coconut oil to your daily routine. This will also help to rejuvenate your skin. Just make sure to use a cleanser in the morning to remove any residue!
Lower Chances of Bags Under Your Eyes
Because we spend so much time in front of the computer, our eyelids are more likely to sag, as are the bags under our eyes.
Try using a cold sleep mask before bed, and wash your face with cold water when you wake up to reduce the appearance of the dark circles under your eyes. All of these products will work better when your skin is well rested.
Check Your Medications
Some medicines will have a wakeful effect that will keep you from falling asleep easily. Talk to your doctor about it if you’re having regular issues sleeping. They may have some other recommendations for you.