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Beauty Sleep: A Beneficial Attraction

Published:Monday | January 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Krysta Anderson, Gleaner Writer

Ladies, it is no secret that we all need our beauty sleep, but after being superwomen from sunrise to sunset, returning to slumber is easier said than done.

According to actor Thomas Dekker "Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together". If we don't enjoy that well-needed getaway trip to 'snoozeville', we will slowly but surely see and feel damaging side effects.

At the beginning of the day, we all want to awaken the next day rested, rejuvenated and gorgeously glowing like the warm morning sun. So, Flair decided to share a few tricks to treating yourself to a good night's sleep:

Get physical: Engaging in physical activities during the day is recommended for attaining a good night's sleep after dark. Working up a sweat will definitely be a sure fire way to appreciate your bed at nights.

Unplug and unwind: We all get caught up with all that is happening at home, or maybe we have carried our work into our home space. Nothing is worse than having all that baggage in the bed with you. So get rid of the external and internal clutter and distractions, set the mood to rest and relax your mind and body, and your soul will follow suit to a sound sleep.

Cool it down: going to bed when temperatures are blazing may negatively affect the way you sleep, resulting in time wasted on your part. The jury is still out as to whether or not a warm shower is beneficial for sleep, since the water will relax the muscles but bring the heat. A fan or air conditioning may create a serene environment for sleep.

Put in the hours and set a routine: the minimum hours of sleep required for bodily renovation is six hours, with eight hours being the maximum. Work up a pattern of going to bed and getting up at the same time; this will do wonders for your skin!

Back to basics: Assuming the right position of lying on your back when going to sleep will increase your chances for achieving beauty sleep. Sleeping on your stomach will inadvertently cause lines. White cotton sheets and pillow cases are also recommended to avoid irritation from harmful dyes found in colour sheets; it's better to be safe than to be sorry, the former will result in the essential breather while the latter will end in a sleepless night.

Pre-sleep prep: Going straight to bed from showering or watching a show may be the reason you're not acquiring the beauty sleep you desire. Dermatologists recommend a night-time routine for your skin to keep it refreshed by morning. From cleansing to moisturising, even an anti-ageing regimen, figure out which one is right for you and stick with it.