Sleeping is one of my favorite things to do. But back in my wayward college years, sleeping was one of the last things on my list of priorities — I had clubs to go to and people to dance with. But things have changed. The years have ticked by and the older I get, the more I’m reminded that sleep isn’t just some thing to do for fun; it’s a necessity in my life.
We often get carried away trying to find that one special product that will turn our skin into Beyoncé’s. And trust me, I am always searching for my next Holy Grail product. But sometimes one of the missing components of our beauty regimen is simply getting a proper night’s rest.
I know firsthand just how much sleeping has improved my life and my skin. I work a really weird schedule and am up at the ass crack of dawn to tutor children in English. For a few months, I was running on about anywhere from 5 to 6 hours of sleep, and it showed. I didn’t realize how bad it had gotten until I got a comment from a concerned parent who commented on how tired I looked in class. Despite my happy and energetic attitude, I looked a mess. My eyes were puffy, my skin was blotchy and incredibly dull. From then on, I made it an effort to get enough sleep at night (about 8 hours), and my skin has thanked me ever since.
I know, I know — all the magazines and social media tell us that sleep is for lazy people. We gotta live life to the fullest and by sleeping you’re missing something important! Sure, Jan. Let me tell you straight up:
Wanna know what all that means? Premature aging. Wrinkles. SADNESS.
I’ve perfected my nighttime routine to a science and manage to get enough sleep nearly every night. Here are a few of my tips:
I stop looking at my computer, TV, phone, etc. about an hour before I go to bed. Instead, I wash my face and do my nighttime routine, and wear a sheet mask while I do some reading. Reading at night always makes me super sleepy, so it’s a win-win!
A lot of my sleeping woes came from feeling like I had all these lists and ideas in my head that I couldn’t stop thinking about. Now I get it all out in my journal, including a short list of things I want to get done the next day.
I didn’t realize just how important timing food before bed is. Far too often, I’d wake up in the middle of the night completely starving because I hadn’t eaten since like 5 pm. Now I eat a bedtime snack about 1.5 hours before I go to bed. It’s usually a banana, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and some non-fat Greek yogurt for protein. This small snack keeps me completely satiated throughout the night so I don’t wake up hungry. I also make sure to finish drinking my water about an hour and a half before I go to bed as well.
So please! Get a good night’s rest. Your skin will thank you!
How much sleep do you get a night? And what are your go-to beauty sleep tips? Let me know in the comments!