January 16, 2012

Beauty sleep is not a myth

They don't call it "beauty sleep" for no reason.
Even minimal sleep loss takes a toll on your overall looks, mood, energy, efficiency, and ability to handle stress.
If you want to look and feel your best, stay healthy, and perform up to your potential, sleep is a necessity, not a luxury.
No need to spend tons of money on expensive skin care products, all you need is really at least eight hours sleep a night.

What causes insomnia
The most powerful cause of insomnia is resentment. No one feeling resentful or angry can sleep. Other common cause is to worry about a problem.
Other sleep enemies
When we are stressed the production of adrenaline increases, heightening alertness and making sleeping difficult.
Feeling low affects hormone levels and the sleep cycles.
Bearing a grudge or plotting revenge can prevent sleep completely.
Coffee has accumulative effect and also watch out for hidden caffeine in things like carbonated drinks and chocolate.
Smoking and heavy drinking
It has been shown that smokers sleep less deeply and alcohol wreaks havoc with hormones controlling sleep and after initial snooze, causes hours of wakefulness.

Sleep deprieved Celebs

 Help yourself to sweet dreams:
  • Eat well during the day. Carbohydrates such as whole grain products are important for good sleep. These foods help produce the calming hormone serotonin, which regulates the sugar in the body. Low sugar levels can lead to bad sleep. But avoid heavy meals at least four hours before bedtime. If you must eat, eat a small baked potato with skin and butter, which has calming and sleep inducing properties.
  • Get exercise in the day, even if it's just a walk, since any form or exercise promotes sound sleep. Inactivity is a major cause of insomnia, because unused energy stops you  from sleeping.

  •  Your bedroom should be a peaceful sanctuary for sleeping. Put up heavy curtains to keep out light and make sure your bed is firm.
  • Remove electrical gadgets, such a mobile phone or television from your bedroom. Keeping mobile phones and other radiation-emitting devices away from your bed room  will also help improve sleep quality by limitingexposure to the "electro-smog" they emit that can disrupt restful sleep.
  • Turn around the alarm clock so you can't worry about not being asleep.

  • Dim bedroom lights and read something relaxing during the last hour before bed to help you unwind.
  • Try to establish a bedtime and a waking time and stick to them.

  • Empty your mind and think about a favorite thing. When another thought creeps in, concentrate on the favorite thing again.
Hope these tips will help you to get your beauty sleep you deserve!

xxx Marina

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  1. Ah, i am definitely sleep deprived. i try to get at least 4-6 hours of sleep every night. but i'm not very successful most times. i really hope i don't look that haggard in the morning though.


  2. i totally agree but in todays world!! its hard to keep up with the routine....because of work n personal obligations!!! i wish i could get my proper timely beauty sleep all the time

    Be sure to check out my new posts aswell!!
    love & luck

  3. Wish I could sleep in some more, even when I don't have to get up I'm always awake really early! It's so frustrating!

    Jen x

  4. wow,
    I simply love your blog. it's sooo beautiful. you've got a new reader now... =D
    I would be very happy, if you could have a look at mine, too.


  5. You know I found the best thing that helps me to sleep is a) reading a peaceful novel or b) meditation; emptying the mind of thoughts ... great post ... I have a lot of trouble sleeping and my main pitfall is eating too late because of the nature of my job :( xx

  6. I totally agree with this post! Sleeping and drinking water should be the very first beauty tips for every woman!


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