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Are you getting enough beauty sleep?

Posted on April 05 2017

In 2008 I found myself being a frequent visitor at the Adelaide Insomnia Clinic as I just couldn’t fall asleep. My strong mind can be my friend, but also at times my foe, and in this case I had to re-learn how to switch my mind off and drift off to sleep again. It took me twelve months but I learnt techniques to relax my mind and body to achieve restful deep sleep again.

 Just like food, sleep is nourishment for our brain, body and skin. We need enough sleep to adequately nourish our skin. When we sleep is the perfect time for the skin to repair and rejuvenate itself. When we don’t get enough sleep our skin isn’t able to perform these processes as effectively. Consequently, the skin can become imbalanced, which can lead to a dehydrated complexion, redness, and that flat tied appearance. Here are some tips to help you get a good nights sleep and wake up fresh with healthy glowing skin!

One of the more obvious strategies to achieving an early sleep onset is to make sure you’re feeling sleepy at bedtime. Throughout the day there are a number of things we can do to increase our sleepiness come bedtime, including: resisting the urge to nap; engaging in physical activities and watching our caffeine intake. Unfortunately, for many of us, it is a harsh reality that caffeine interferes with our sleep; and so it’s best to avoid before bedtime. If you drink more than two cups of coffee a day and struggle with sleep onset, try reducing your caffeine intake – start by eliminating your last caffeine drink of the day and replacing it with a herbal tea or simply a glass of water.

Eradicating your afternoon siesta and partaking in daily exercise will also help to increase tiredness and result in a deeper, better quality beauty sleep J

Come night, there are more steps we can take to ensure we catch some decent zzzz’s. Switching off and winding down before bedtime can help with relaxation. Try watching TV, reading a book, journaling, meditating or another quiet activity for 30 minutes before bed. If you have trouble putting the day to rest, making a list of what is on your mind/what to carry on with tomorrow might help with relaxation. Some people find having a bedtime routine (warm shower, grooming, reading a book) to be helpful. Over time, your body will recognise this routine as you preparing for sleep, making for a smooth sleep onset. It is also important to consider how sleep friendly your bedroom is! Create yourself a little sleep haven - make sure your bedroom is at a comfortable temperature and that light and noise are reduced. Last but not least, remove electronic devices from your room. Devices such as mobile phones, laptops and even TVs can distract from sleep. Aim to make your bedroom a place for sleep, not an office or day time hang out area. Lastly, don’t put your self under pressure to fall asleep, tell yourself that ‘it is what it is’ and no matter if you sleep or not you are still resting and the next day ‘will be what it will be’ either way. Take that pressure away and just breath.

Sleep well. Love Nicki xx

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