The Restorative Qualities of Sleep

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When you wake from a night filled with little sleep, bad dreams or have experienced anxieties that won’t go away, you have probably noticed the lack of sleep is pretty obvious on your face. You lose skin lustre, gain bags under your eyes and your skin seems to positively sag. There is nothing good about not sleeping well.

When you fail to sleep sufficiently, the blood vessels dilate and this is the cause of those dark circles and you may feel like rubbing your eyes but this will not improve those tell-tale signs. Worse if you have been out drinking alcohol as this can impair sleep as well as leading to premature wrinkles.

It is important to get sufficient sleep. Not just because of how your skin looks, but because your skin and, in fact your whole body, starts to repair itself when you sleep. This means older cells are eradicated and new skin cells grow. It’s restorative.

If you are tempted to sleep in for longer playing catch-up, then don’t. When you oversleep, it has a detrimental impact on your skin. Developing a good sleep pattern is essential.

Quick Tips:

1. Get into a positive routine. Go to bed at the same time each night and try to arise at the same time each morning.

2. As you start to fall asleep, imagine your skin repairing and healing as you do so. Creative visualizing can be very powerful and the more you practice, the more you will promote self-healing. Plus it will help you to drift off to sleep much more readily.

3. Try to sleep on your back as opposed to on your front. When you press your face into the pillow, you will wake up with a number of facial creases.

4. Ignore coloured bedding and instead opt for white. This is because dyes on bedding can irritate sensitive skin.

5. If daily problems play on your mind at night-time, then create a worry box and write down all concerns and place them in the box before you go to sleep. This will help to keep your mind worry free.
Sleep is as important as the food you eat and the exercise you do. It should be treated with respect so that you awaken feeling refreshed and looking and feeling great.