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It’s often not mentioned enough on beauty blogs and in magazines, but if you want to consistently look your best, one of the most important things by far is to make sure that you’re getting enough shut-eye.
Sleep doesn’t just make you feel good, it’s also the time when your body repairs itself, when different healthy hormones are released, and when the physical and mental fatigue of the day gets washed away.
If you changed nothing else except getting 8 hours of sleep a night, starting tomorrow, within one week you would literally look like you were glowing with new life.
Here are a few tips for helping you to sleep ridiculously well starting tonight.
No screens before bed
Staring at screen before bed is by far one of the worst things you can do if you’re after a good night’s rest. One of the main reasons for this is that digital devices emit blue light, which tricks our brains into thinking it’s still day time and suppresses the production of sleep hormones.
Luckily there are certain apps out there for computers and phones which filter out the blue light in the evening hours, and installing them is the bare minimum modification you should make to your evening technology use.
A much better idea, though, is to cut out all electronics a few hours before bed. Not only does this remove the blue light, it also removes the excess excitement and distraction that comes from surfing the web.
It’s amazing how much less tempting it’ll seem to stay up past your bedtime when you don’t have a million funny videos to watch or forums to browse.
Try using blue-light filtering glasses at night
Blue light doesn’t just come from our digital devices, but also from many different types of lightbulbs which are commonly used in the home. This creates an obviously unnatural environment for us, as even in the relatively recent past, anyone who wanted to stay up at night had nothing more powerful than a candle or oil lamp to see by.
Bright lights in the evening throw our body clocks completely out of whack, so reducing our exposure to that blue light is a great idea.
One of the easiest solutions is to buy blue-light-filtering glasses and wear them around the house after sunset. These will generally make everything look a shape of orange, which can be disconcerting at first.
Try it out, though, and you may be amazed by how quickly you start to feel sleepy.
Avoid food and drink an hour or two before bed
ody uses energy for digesting food and drink, which of course means that it’s in an active state. If it’s only digesting a small snack, or a meal that was eaten a few hours before, the result is likely to be a relaxed feeling.
If you help yourself to a full dinner immediately before bed, on the other hand, you may find that you’re restless during your sleep (even if you collapse quickly in a “food coma”) and wake up frequently.
This goes double for drinking a lot of fluid before bed, as a full bladder is bound to interrupt your deep sleep cycle like virtually nothing else.
Err on the side of caution by not eating or drinking anything an hour, or even two, before going to bed. It can also be a good idea to keep your last meal of the day relatively light and modest.
Keep Your bedroom restful
There are a lot of psychological components involved in getting a good night’s rest. One of those is having our subconscious mind accept that now is the time to wind down and settle in for the night. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by creating the association in our mind between our bedrooms and relaxation.
Keeping your bedroom a restful place, where you don’t do much other than sleep, read, and romance your partner, is ideal. Having a TV and Xbox in your bedroom and mentally associating it with excitement and entertainment, on the other hand, is a sure way to keep your mind in a chaotic state come the twilight hours.
Get a sleep mask or blackout curtains
Humans evolved to go to sleep in, more or less, pitch-black and dead-silent conditions. Having a street lamp shining into your bedroom and the sound of cars permeating the night air is a poor recipe for restful slumber.
Compensate for this by either buying blackout curtains which block all light from outside, or getting a comfortable sleep mask to wear to bed.