There seems to be a week for everything these days, but this week is dedicated to something very dear to my heart – sleep!
National Sleep Awareness week runs from the 5-11th March and is dedicated to promoting the benefits of sleep and the very real health risks of insomnia.
Now, we’re all aware of the importance of a good night’s sleep, and sensible sleep habits are essential for a long, healthy and productive life.
It’s beauty benefits are endless too – get a rough night’s sleep, and the first place it is going to show is your skin. It’s not called beauty sleep for nothing!
This is because the skin cell repair and regeneration rate almost doubles at night, meaning that as we sleep our cells are able to rebuild, repair and heal themselves.
When you don’t sleep well this function is impaired, leading to dull, dehydrated and generally stressed skin.
A lack of sleep can be most detrimental to those with sensitive or easily irritated skin, as it reduces the body’s ability to resist irritants and fight infection.
It also leads to increased levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, in the body. High levels of this lead to a decrease in collagen production, and so skin appears lacklustre and deflated.
The stress hormone also increases skin inflammation and can therefore trigger conditions such as eczema and acne.
Luckily, there are a few simple tricks you can try to help you get a solid night’s sleep:
Avoid caffeine 4 -6 hours before bed.
Open your bedroom window – the optimum bedroom temperature is between 16-18C.
Take regular exercise to release endorphins and combat any stress or anxiety that might be keeping you awake.
Take a warm bath before bed – it’s a great way to unwind and relax tense muscles.
Do you find sleep has a major impact on your skin? I’d love to hear any other top sleep tips you have.