According to a recent report, Indians are the second-most sleep-deprived people on the planet, raking up a mere 77 minutes of REM sleep on an average. Being sleep deprived can have a list of adverse effects on our health and well-being. From mental fatigue to feeling lethargic, there’s a lot that’s at stake if we do not get enough sleep.
Thus, it is important that you manage to squeeze in 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. The concept of ‘beauty sleep’ is very much a factual reality and it can help curb a number of skin issues. In addition to keeping it healthy, there are ways to maximise the benefits that can be reaped from our sleep hours. From nighttime routine to bedding fabrics, here are 5 ways you can ACTUALLY get that beauty sleep!
- 01. Move your skin treatments to the nighttime
- 02. Switch to silk pillowcases to retain moisture in your mane
- 3. Splurge on a humidifier
- 4. Switch up your midnight snack
- 5. Sleep on your back
01. Move your skin treatments to the nighttime
Your body goes into a full-on repair mode when you sleep and thus, is more receptive of external elements. That is why it is ideal to layer the skin with products before you head to bed, especially if it’s for complaints like acne or hyperpigmentation. At night, they don’t run the risk of stripping away with sweat or getting polluted with dirt. The product can medicate your issues in peace!
02. Switch to silk pillowcases to retain moisture in your mane
Almost every Indian household uses cotton bedding, it is a cultural thing. And while most will hardly ever consider pricier alternatives such as silk or satin, they are, in fact, healthier for our skin. Cotton is known to irritate our skin and twisting on them all night can lead to wrinkles and irritation. Silk pillowcases, on the other hand, help retain moisture in our hair strands and satin ones can be gentle on our body. They also feel so soft and indulgent, so let’s get fancy, shall we?
3. Splurge on a humidifier
It is no secret that hydration is what keeps your skin fresh and glowing. The top layer of our skin loses a lot of water when we sleep due to the dry air around us. This tiny hiccup can be cured by running a humidifier in the bedroom, which will keep the air nice and moist. You can also add a few drops of your favourite aromatherapy oil in the water for added benefits.
4. Switch up your midnight snack
It is not just our skin that leaks moisture in the course of the night, our bodies do too; which is why we always wake up parched. While you can keep a glass of water by the bed, waking up multiple times can lead to interrupted sleep that can make you feel and look groggy. A neat trick is to munch on healthy snacks like veggies and nuts before going to bed. Their structured water is slowly released in our bodies overnight and can keep you from reaching out for those sugary midnight cravings!
5. Sleep on your back
A simple yet effective hat tip is to always try and sleep on your back! The benefits of the same are pretty straightforward...fewer neck issues, you can avoid those wrinkles on your face and neck, your product won’t wipe off, and it curbs swelling to a great extent. It's about time to start training your sleep postures, good luck!