More than just a fairytale, there are beauty treatments that work wonders all hours of night says Prisca McGuire
After years of believing that it might just be a myth, or perhaps, just some old wives’ tale, science has discovered the truth – beauty sleep really does exist. In an article entitled ‘Negative effects of restricted sleep on facial appearance and social appeal’, The Royal Society Open Science Journal reported in May 2017 that restricted sleep can affect facial appearance.
Researchers found that people who slept less well and looked tired were perceived to be less attractive than those who did sleep well. Meanwhile, a worldwide study carried out by bed manufacturer Sealy UK, together with Loughborough University’s Clinical Sleep Research Unit (CSRU), found that women are in ‘sleep debt’ by about 10 days a year and on average lose around 56 minutes a night of sleep.
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The moral behind all the research is that our health and beauty are affected by the quality of our sleep. Therefore, any improvement we can make to get more sleep or better quality can only enhance our beauty. Getting into sleep mode To make the most of your nightly ‘downtime’ takes effort. You have to get both your mind and bedroom ‘sleep ready.’
Start by making your bedroom an electronic free zone. It’s not easy to do as most of us are glued to our mobile phones or tablets day and night. Sleep experts suggest that we ban mobile phones and computer screens from bedrooms. This is because the blue light from screens suppresses the melatonin that we need to help us relax at night. Melatonin is a natural hormone that helps to regulate our body’s sleep cycle. A good quality pillow is another essential for good quality sleep.
But you can boost the benefits of your pillow by using sleep enhancing pillow mists. Lavender is well known for its capacity to promote relaxation, so look out for mists that contain this essential oil. The Goodnight Pillow Mist from Neal’s Yard contains lavender, balsam and geranium to help you relax and drift off. Similarly, Neom Pillow Mist contains 14 essential oils that have been blended to induce sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.
To use the mist, Neom’s sleep expert, Anandi, recommends that you ‘Spritz your pillow with three sprays of the therapeutic scent, then place your head back and inhale in through your nose for seven seconds, and out through your mouth for 11. This simple trick of making the out breath longer than the in breath will stimulate the body’s natural relaxation mechanism, the parasympathetic nervous system, naturally preparing your body and mind for sleep.’