If you’ve ever woken up after a rough four hours of sleep only to grimace into the mirror, you know that there’s a correlation between quality of sleep and glowiness of skin. If you’re looking to jumpstart your beauty routine with a little extra shut-eye, good for you! After all, a solid night’s sleep can work wonders on skin that not even the most expensive mask or most high-coverage concealer can manage. Here are five ways to help turn restless nights into restorative beauty sleep.
Take a hot bath
Not only are hot baths good for your mind and skin, but they help prepare your body for sleep. This is because the temperature of your body varies with your circadian rhythm. There is a slight drop in body temperature in the early afternoon, followed by a more extreme drop in the evening as your body begins preparing itself to sleep. Taking a bath 60 to 90 minutes before bed raises your body temperature so that your body experiences a more drastic temperature drop—which ultimately makes it easier for you to fall asleep. Slap on a face mask and go for a nice hot soak—your body will thank you for it in the morning.
Swap your TV show for the book version
The benefits of reading before bed are manifold. For one thing, it has been scientifically proven that reading reduces stress and stills the mind, thereby making it easier to fall asleep. Furthermore, reading can influence your dreams and therefore makes the act of sleeping itself more interesting. If you’re used to falling into a light, troubled sleep after binging on Netflix, try diving into a book instead, so that you fall asleep quicker and wake up looking great.
Get a blackout curtain
Light of all varieties before and during bedtime has been shown to be detrimental to sleep and is linked to an increased risk of cancer, a weakened immune system, and a heightened susceptibility to obesity. Make sure that no sliver of light interrupts your beauty shut-eye by investing in a blackout curtain that generously covers your windows, to guarantee that your sleep sanctuary is as dark as possible.
Start a routine
Human beings thrive on routine, so creating and sticking to a pre-bedtime routine can make it easier for you to arrive at beauty sleep nirvana. Try establishing a relaxing routine for yourself that indicates to your body and mind that you're powering down for the night. That way, rather than tossing and turning and trying to calm your racing mind, your sleeping hours will be spent, well, sleeping.
Sleep on a high quality mattress
Perhaps the most surefire way to ruin your sleep is by sleeping on a bad mattress that puts cricks in your back and has you waking up haggard and uncomfortable. If that’s the case, then it’s time to upgrade. Molecule's high-tech, high-comfort mattresses ensure that your body is comfortable throughout the night, so you can wake up looking and feeling gorgeous.