Whether caused by stress, hormones, or a restless baby in the next room, poor sleep quality can put a serious damper on your day. In fact, research shows that chronic sleepless nights can actually cause your skin to age more quickly and decrease its ability to recover from stressors like sun exposure. If quality shuteye seems like a totally impossible feat, read on for a few tips to help soothe yourself into a deep slumber.
Chill Out: Nothing disrupts a perfectly wonderful dream quite like waking up covered in sweat. Turns out, your room might be too hot for restful sleep. While most of us would prefer the thermostat to hover somewhere around 70 degrees during the day, at night our ideal ambient temperature is closer to 65 degrees. So open a window on cool nights, turn down the thermostat, and switch to a lightweight nightie instead of your usual sweatpants. And pssst if hot flashes are your problem, keep a glass of ice water on your bedside table to sip on if you wake up. It will quickly lower your body temp and let you get back to sleep.
Load up on Magnesium: Ever noticed that right after a soak in an Epsom salt bath you sleep better than ever? This may be because Epsom salts are loaded with magnesium, a vital mineral that your skin absorbs as you soak. Low magnesium levels in your body can make you irritable and cause chronic inflammatory stressa common ailment of insomniacs. Try adding a magnesium supplement (100 to 200 milligrams a day) to your vitamin regimen to aid in restful sleep.
Power Down: If youre surfing the web, checking Instagram, or watching TV right up until bedtime, you may be confusing your brains sleep signals. Blue light like that emitted from screens energizes your brain, sending signals to your body to get up and move. Unplug an hour before bed and pick up a book or magazine instead.
Smell Your Way to Sleep: Never underestimate the power of aromatherapy! Soothing essential oils like lavender and clary sage help relax the body and mind, promoting restful sleep. Dab a bit of our Aromatic Bedtime Treatment on pulse points a half hour before bed to help your body and mind calm down.
Have a Snack: Everyone says you shouldnt eat close to bed time, but if youre having a problem falling asleep a little pre-bed nosh might actually do you some good. A half hour before bed, reach for a very small, carb-dense snack like a few crackers or a small piece of fruit. Carbs help your body release tryptophan and serotonintwo chemicals that tell your body to go ahead and snooze.
What are your tricks for falling asleep quick, or for getting a deep sleep? Let us know in the Comments below!
Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.