Our Secrets To Your Best Beauty Sleep

Our Secrets To Your Best Beauty Sleep

We’ve all woken up thinking ‘can I just press snooze on my alarm?!’ at one point or another. Or maybe it’s those dark circles and tired eyes that just don’t seem to leave you alone. Been there, done that (in fact, that’s us as we sit here and write this article). Well, if these things seem to cross your mind more often than you’d care to admit, then maybe you’re in need of our best-kept beauty sleep secret hacks. But before we give you all our secrets, let’s talk about why sleep, or beauty sleep as we know it, is the key to success.

 

Beauty sleep: Why does it matter?

Swollen eyes. Dark circles. Sore eyes. Fine lines. Do these sound familiar? If so, that’s probably because you’re not getting enough beauty sleep. We don’t want to scare you with this next study…but did you know a 2017 study found a negative correlation between two consecutive days in a row of poor sleep and their perceived attractiveness, health and sleepiness? (Sundelin, T et al. 2017). While this may seem outlandish, perception is reality.

When you think about it, sleep allows our bodies time to repair, heal and rejuvenate. It only makes sense that when we don’t get sufficient sleep, we don’t get to capitalise on the magical powers of sleep for our appearance, skin health, blood flow and collagen production.

The reality is that if you aren’t getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night, this can result in skin that ages faster, reduced skin quality and skin that takes longer to heal from the elements such as sun exposure (Oyetakin-White, P et al. 2015). In fact, a clinical study has shown that good sleepers had significantly reduced their ‘skin ageing scores’ compared with bad sleepers, and had improved skin barrier recovery and higher satisfaction with their overall appearance (Oyetaken-White, P et al. 2015).

Not only this, but when we get less sleep, this releases more of the stress hormone, cortisol. Too much cortisol can lead to inflammation in the body, which can lead to skin flare ups including acne (Nollet, M et al. 2020).

So now that you know the importance of getting in enough sleep, let’s dive into our beauty sleep hacks below!

 

Tip 1: Practise sleep hygiene

woman sleeping on pillow with silk eye mask


It goes without saying - go to bed earlier. It is recommended that we get between 7-9 hours sleep on average per night to reset your internal clock. But not only is it important to go to bed before midnight to catch those zzzzs, but setting a regular bed time can help align your sleep/wake cycle. But how? Set up your environment to promote relaxation, sleep and positive bed time habits. Essentially, this makes up a large part of practising
sleep hygiene.

Now when it comes to beauty sleep, why would sleep hygiene matter? Well, collagen production takes place throughout the night. The more sleep you get, means the more collagen you get, means less fine lines and wrinkles, and more radiant-looking skin (Kahan, V et al. 2010). In addition, your blood flow increases, which allows the body to both repair and feed vital nutrients to your hair and skin (Nollet, M et al. 2020). Say goodbye to dry, lifeless hair, dehydrated, aged skin and especially those dark circles.

 

Tip 2: Stay hydrated

woman drinking water with lemon wedges


Would it surprise you to know that there is a link between beauty sleep and water intake? Well, there is a very
clear link between these two activities. In fact, research has found that without adequate water intake this leads to reduced sleep duration and quality (Rosinger, A et al. 2018).

Keeping hydrated throughout the day is vital for your skin health too. In order to see a change in your skin health including its appearance and hydration levels, adequate water intake is an essential part of any beauty sleep routine. Plus - this helps in preventing premature ageing including the development of fine lines and wrinkles that you probably aren’t ready to welcome.

 

Tip 3: Supplements for sleep

So maybe you’ve tried setting a regular bed time but struggle to wind down and relax? If this sounds like you, trying some supplements for sleep might be a great option. But with so many options on the market available, which should you use? Well, we’ve done the research for you below:

Evolve Beauty Sleep

From leading sports nutrition brand, Evolve, brings you Evolve Beauty Sleep - your ultimate all-in-one sleep support formula! This product features Type I and III Collagen, Magnesium, Zylaria and 5-HTP for a nutrient-packed and cutting-edge hot chocolate that can help with sleep.

Switch Nutrition Adrenal Switch

Make the switch to better sleep with Switch Nutrition’s Adrenal Switch formula! Gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free, this formula is packed with ingredients that foster sleep, muscle recovery and relaxation such as Ashwagandha, Magnesium, Zinc and more.

Naked Harvest Moon Mylk

Unwind with Australian brand Naked Harvest’s Moon Mylk! This formula supports sleep and your nervous system with a unique (and delicious) belnd of botanicals and amino acids including Passion Flower, Ashwagandha, L-Trypophan and Magensium.

 

Tip 4: Get morning sunshine

woman sitting with legs crossed in the morning sunshine


While you’ve probably heard of getting your daily dose of sunshine for Vitamin D uptake, but getting morning sunshine has a lesser known benefit, and it’s for sleep. Research has shown that exposing yourself to morning sunlight increases sleep quality, reduced sleep onset latency and positively effects your circadian rhythm (Figueiro, M et al. 2017).


In addition to this, getting morning sunlight in assists the body in serotonin and melatonin production, which directly affects sleep (Figueiro, M et al. 2017). This simple natural addition to your day can help adjust your sleep/wake cycle and set your sleep routines easier. So, if you want to get a quality beauty sleep in night after night, get your morning light in.

 

Tip 5: Sleep on silk


You might not think that what you sleep on matters, but we’re here to tell you it does. In fact, this is one of our best-kept sleep secrets. Swap your cotton for silk. Why? Sleeping on cotton is abrasive and harbours bacteria build-up, leading to skin micro-tears, increased acne breakouts and accelerated sleep wrinkles and signs of ageing (Kampf, G. 2020). This is due to cotton being highly-absorbent material, trapping dirt, oils, debris and bacteria.


So if you’ve ever asked yourself ‘is my pillow giving me acne?’ the answer is most likely, yes. Whereas, silk is hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, less absorbpent than cotton and has long thread fibres that are reduce friction, breakouts and skin irritation. Considering we spend a whopping one-third of our lives sleeping (or trying to), it makes sense to prioritise our precious beauty sleep and one easy change is investing in a silk pillowcase.

 

Beauty sleep is real

So if up until now you weren’t entirely sure if beauty sleep was real or didn’t quite understand the importance of it, then we’re hoping by now you do. While a few wrinkles here and there are signs of a well-lived life, but protecting your skin on a deeper level is what really matters. And remember, glowing skin is in. So the bottom line is - investing in healthy sleep habits is investing in your hair and skin health.

If you’re looking for more on the importance of sleep head to our blog section or get in touch with one of our friendly team members. 

 

References

Sundelin, T et al. 2017, ‘Negative effects of restricted sleep on facial appearance and social appeal’, Royal Society Open Science, accessed 26 Oct 2022, https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsos.160918 

Oyetakein-White, P et al. 2015, ‘Does poor sleep quality affect skin ageing?’, Clin Exp Dermatol, accessed 26 Oct 2022, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25266053/ 

Nollet, M et al. 2020, ‘Sleep deprivation and stress: a reciprocal relationship’, Interface Focus, accessed 26 Oct 2022, https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsfs.2019.0092 

Kahan, V et al. 2010, ‘Can poor sleep affect skin integrity?’, Medical Hypotheses, accessed 26 Oct 2022, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030698771000246X 

Rosinger, A et al. 2018, ‘Short sleep duration is associated with inadequate hydration: cross-cultural evidence from US and Chinese adults’, Sleep, accessed 26 Oct 2022, https://academic.oup.com/sleep/article/42/2/zsy210/5155420 

Figueiro, M et al. 2017, ‘The impact of daytime light exposures on sleep and mood in office workers’, Sleep Health, accessed 26 Oct 2022, https://www.sleephealthjournal.org/article/S2352-7218(17)30041-4/fulltext

Kampf, G. 2020, ‘How long can noscomial pathogens survive on textiles? A systematic review’, GMS Hygeine and Infection Control, accessed 26 Oct 2022, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7273332/#:~:text=On%20cotton%2C%20many%20bacterial%20species,to%208%20w)%2C%20K. 
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