Autor: Sheila Olson, FitSheila.com
Ever wonder why you look different when you first wake up? Your skin is fuller and more supple. You see fewer wrinkles and dark colors under the eyes. You look healthier because sleep is a major booster to your skin. When we sleep the body repairs the day's damages and restores itself to full vitality much like powering up in a video game or taking a nightly dunk in the Fountain of Youth
As NBC News explains, sleep is a restorative action. The body's collagen supply is replenished during sleep. Collagen is what makes skin taut and plump. Without it, skin sags, and wrinkles and fine lines appear. Blood flow increases during sleep, which leads to rosy cheeks and a healthy morning glow. Increased blood flow also keeps blood from collecting under the thin skin of the eyes. Hydration balances during sleep as well allowing the skin to recover moisture and suppleness.
Without enough sleep, skin problems like acne and psoriasis worsen; allergic reactions are more prone to surface also. A lack of sleep causes an increase in stress hormones such as cortisol which eventually breaks down collagen and hyaluronic acid, and your complexion pays for it. You not only need a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep to recharge, but you also need those hours to be good quality in order for your skin to reap all the benefits possible. Follow these expert tips to make sure you're getting the most out of your time under the covers.
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Put Your Smartphone to Work
We have all heard how smartphones can make insomnia worse, but there are still plenty of ways phones can help you sleep. There are tons of apps for smartphones that can help you fall asleep, sleep better, and sleep longer. You can listen to all sorts of relaxing sounds from nature noises to box fans blowing. Sleep hypnosis, meditation, and binaural beats that ease your body to sleep are available in many apps, too.
Prepare Your Bedroom
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the conditions you are sleeping in are one of the most important factors to consider. It seems people sleep sounder when the room is slightly cool, between 65 and 69 degrees, and the room is dark. If light is slipping in through your windows, you can install blackout curtains. Don't sleep with the television on and use dark mode on your phone or tablet if you use it for white noise. The room should also be tidy. A lot of clutter can stress you out, even if you don't realize it. And be careful about sleeping with pets, as they can be disruptive during the night.
Treat Serious Overbite Issues
Most cases of overbite are cosmetic issues and won’t significantly affect your sleep. However, if you have a deep overbite, you’re at risk of obstructive sleep apnea which can restrict breathing and cause sleeping difficulties. Most cases of overbite can be treated with braces or in-office or at-home aligners. For severe cases, you may need correction surgery, but this is an expensive procedure with a long recovery time, so make sure to consult with an orthopedist to review your options.
Use the Daylight
There is evidence that shows exposure to sunlight during the day makes for a better night's sleep. The body's circadian rhythm is its internal clock. It uses the body's exposure to sunlight and darkness to regulate sleep and wake patterns, so if you’re struggling at night, try spending more time outside in the mornings.
Getting a good night's rest isn't all about what you do. What you don't do is just as important. It is never a good idea to eat or drink very much before bed. Feeling full or hungry will both keep you awake. Caffeine in coffee, tea, and soda will keep you awake for hours, although an herbal tea might improve your slumber.
Other bedtime don'ts are alcohol and nicotine. Nicotine is a stimulant and can stave off sleep for long periods. Alcohol can make you sleepy at first but can cause you to wake later and inhibit your ability to go back to sleep. Sleep is essential for the human body. Its restorative properties can have a drastic effect, especially when we've been sleeping poorly. Change your sleep habits and watch how quickly your skin responds.