The term “beauty sleep” is a saying for good reason. According to WebMD, sleep is perhaps the closest thing to a real-life fountain of youth we can get, and we should be getting between seven and nine hours of quality sleep on a nightly basis. Unfortunately, wanting to get a good night’s sleep and being able to do so are two very different things. The following are some tips you can try to get the most possible out of your beauty sleep and make your sleep each night more beneficial:
Increase Your Bright Light Exposure
During the day, your body needs exposure to bright light or sunlight according to a health line article. In fact, if you tend to battle insomnia, you can reduce the time it takes to fall asleep by 83% and help improve your overall duration and quality of sleep simply by increasing your daytime bright light exposure.
Stick to Your Schedule, Even on The Weekends
The National Sleep Foundation says you should stick to a regular sleep schedule, even on the weekends. This can be difficult to do, especially when you are tired. You might simply want to sleep in on the weekends. However, this will come back to bite you when it comes to sleeping throughout the week.
Temperatures Matters, Keep it Cool
Dr. Christopher Winter M.D., wrote about the importance of keeping the temperature in the bedroom just right in a HuffPost blog. According to the doctor, you should shoot for a temperature between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s been shown that both extremes in either the hot or cold temps can mess with sleep. This middle ground is just right for optimal sleep.
Make Sure Your Bed is Comfortable
The National Sleep Foundation says the life expectancy of any mattress is typically nine to ten years, for a good quality mattress. Since it’s so important to a good night’s sleep to have a comfortable and supportive mattress, you should replace your mattress if it is older than ten years old. You should also ensure your pillows and comforter or blankets are comfy and promote relaxation.
Create the Right Atmosphere
Speaking of relaxation, it’s important for your bedroom to be a room of tranquility and relaxation. Consider a warm yellow or serene blue color for your bedroom walls says Michael Breus, Ph.D. as these are calming colors. Also, ensure your room is dark enough. You might have to utilize blackout curtains to make this happen. In addition, white noise machines or fans are also advantageous for creating the right atmosphere for sleep according to the National Sleep Foundation.
The tips listed above are actions you can take to get more out of your beauty sleep tonight!