Want to look and feel better? Start with a good night’s sleep.

Getting enough beauty sleep? Sleep is so important for your beauty routine that WebMD compares  it to the fountain of youth. That’s because when you sleep, your body repairs itself and recovers and that affects how you look. The goal is to get at least 7 to 8 “quality” hours of sleep.

Here are some of the telltale signs you aren’t getting enough rest, says WebMD:

  • Glowing complexion: When you sleep, your body boosts blood flow to the skin and that gives you a healthy glow. When you don’t get enough sleep, your complexion can look drab and ashen.
  • Brighter, less puffy eyes: Notice those under eye bags? They may be the result of not enough shuteye. Get enough sleep and also stay well-hydrated and elevate your head with a pillow to reduce swelling. Also sleep can help minimize dark circles. The same poor blood flow that drains the color in your complexion can cause dark circles, since blood can collect under the eyes where the skin is thin and become more visible.
  • Fewer wrinkles: Sleep is part of the collagen repair cycle. When you sleep, your skin is creating new collagen, which prevents wrinkles and sagging.

Don’t suffer from lack of sleep

Unfortunately, despite all of its benefit, lack of a sleep is a major health problem in America. The National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR) reports that 70 million American suffer from sleep problems and it’s a chronic disorder for 60 million of them. Not only do sleep disorders and deprivation add to the national health care bill; lost work and accidents related to lack of sleep affect the economy.

Everyone at some points may have trouble sleeping but if the problem is ongoing, you want to take some measures to turn things around. Here are some “Healthy Sleep Tips” from the National Sleep Foundation:

Stick to a schedule: Establish and stay on a schedule when you go to bed and wake up. Stay on it all week, even on the weekends, to regulate your body’s clock.

Do something relaxing before bedtime: Come up with some relaxing and routine activity before you go to bed to help distinguish between activities that can cause excitement or stress and keep you awake.

Exercise daily: Vigorous exercise is best, but even light exercise is better than no activity.

Check your room: Make sure it’s free from noise or other distractions that can interfere with your sleep. Also a cooler temperature is better than hotter. Ideally keep the room between 60 and 67 degrees F.

Wind down: Your body needs time to shift into sleep mode, so before bedtime get involved with a calming activity such as reading. An electronic device such as a tablet or laptop can make it hard to fall asleep, because the particular type of light emanating from the screens of these devices activates the brain. Avoid using these devices before sleep or during the night.

Still can’t sleep. Stop trying. Go into another room and do something to relax you until you feel tired.

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