Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your beauty and health. Not only does sleep help you recover from stress and inflammation, but it also helps your skin retain elasticity and gives you a bit of a glow. But just like with exercise and eating healthy, you need to make sleep a priority. Getting enough REM sleep each night can revitalize even the dullest complexion, reduce puffiness around the eyes and chin, and help your body heal faster if you have any injuries or rashes. Here’s how to get enough shut-eye so that you look rested:
What is the role of sleep?
Sleep is a time when your body releases hormones that are important for growth and development. Your body also restores and repairs cells, tissues, organs, muscles, and bones while you sleep.
Sleep is also the time when you dream and process information from the day. This is why it’s important to get enough sleep — so that your brain has enough time to do all of this important work!
There are many benefits of getting enough sleep every night:
How much sleep do we need?
The amount of sleep you need and how much you should be sleeping will vary from person to person. However, the recommended amount of sleep per night is between 7 and 9 hours.
The quality of your sleep is more important than the quantity. Some people may be able to function without getting enough hours in bed, but they’ll still feel tired and sluggish during their waking hours. Others may feel so fatigued that they’re unable to get through a full workday without feeling mentally foggy or physically weak—in other words, chronic lack of sleep can lead to serious health problems down the road (e.g., diabetes).
Just like there’s no universal “right” way for everyone to eat or exercise, there isn’t one right way for everyone when it comes to getting enough rest either—and that’s okay! The right amount might vary depending on what type of work you do or what kind of lifestyle you lead; some people need more time spent asleep than others based on their needs both mental/emotional as well as physical/psychological overall wellness.”
Common Sleep Disorders
Sleep disorders are common. The most common sleep disorder is insomnia, which affects about 1 in 3 people at some point in their lives. It is the most common sleep complaint seen in the United States, with 30 million adults reporting symptoms each year. Insomnia itself can lead to other problems such as depression and anxiety, as well as decreasing your quality of life.
Another common sleep disorder is narcolepsy, which causes extreme daytime drowsiness and sudden loss of muscle tone at any time during wakefulness or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Restless leg syndrome typically manifests itself as an irresistible urge to move one’s legs while resting or sitting down. Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) refers to rapid contractions of muscles while we are sleeping that cause painful cramps. Sleepwalking and night terrors affect children more than adults; they occur during NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep.
Improve your Sleep Quality
There are a few things you can do to improve your sleep quality:
- Sleep in a cool, dark and quiet room.
- Try to sleep and wake at the same time every day. If you’re not waking up properly, try setting an alarm for 90 minutes earlier than usual, or go to bed 15 minutes earlier.
- Avoid naps during the day- if possible, try going to bed early so that you have enough time to get proper rest!
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine late in the day; they affect the quality of your sleep by making it harder for your body’s systems such as digestion and respiration work properly while sleeping (which means less REM cycles). And no more popcorn before bedtime?! Yikes!
Get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night!
- Get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night.
- Sleep is the time when your body repairs itself, so getting enough quality sleep is important for your health, wellbeing, and beauty.
- Getting enough quality sleep also helps you to be more productive during the day which can improve both your mental health and physical health as well.
It’s tough to get a good night’s sleep these days, but it’s more important than most people realize. Those who don’t get enough sleep have higher risks of obesity and diabetes, as well as a lower life expectancy. If you want your body to function at its best, then start taking sleep seriously! It might seem impossible at first, but with these tips and the help of an expert (or even just a friend), you can learn to embrace those 40 winks in no time