Good morning, Sleeping Beauty! How was your night? Did you sleep well? Do you feel refreshed and ready to go have a wonderful day? It takes about seven to nine hours of solid, restful sleep to awake feeling refreshed and ready to go. Sleep often goes wanting because of all of the other things we need to do, or would rather do. But let’s look at some reasons that catching our zzz’s might need to move up on our list of priorities.
Perhaps some of Sleeping Beauty’s beauty could be attributed to her long, uninterrupted nap! Don’t worry, in the end true love’s kiss awakens her to live happily ever after, so a little philosophizing at her expense won’t bother her at all. 🙂 Perhaps if we will take time out to sleep and refresh ourselves, our own destiny will find it’s way to us. Perhaps the relentless pursuit and push for success and relationships would be better matched with times of focus, balanced with times of rest. I have great news! While you sleep you still accomplishing great things for body, mind, and spirit! Yay for sleep! Did you hear that? You are getting so much done when you give yourself the gift of a great night’s sleep. Happily, sleep certainly does contribute to our natural beauty (link to natural beauty article) in many ways.
7 Ways Sleeping Impacts Your Beauty
S K I N
1. KEEPS COMPLEXION RADIANT
When your body is tired, blood doesn’t flow properly, causing skin to look dull and chalky, instead of glowing with radiance. While you sleep, you body produces human growth hormone. You want to try to get to bed before midnight if you can. Any extended period of sleep will allow for on big release, followed by a few smaller ones during your sleep cycle.
2. KEEPS SKIN YOUNG
Human growth hormone is huge player in the building of collagen, so more sleep equals tight non-sagging skin and less wrinkles! So sleep your way into ageless beauty like sleeping best herself!
3. CALMS ACNE
Stress is your body’s worst enemy because it raises cortisol levels, increasing inflammatory responses in every tissue throughout your body. Try increasing your sleep time and practicing staying in the moment to lessen the amount of stress hormones circulating throughout your system. The same inflammatory responses are responsible for many unwanted skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. With plenty of down-time and refreshing sleep, your skin will return to its beautiful, Sleeping Beauty glow.
4. LIGHTENS DARK CIRLCLES
Dark circles under the eyes are often caused by inflammatory conditions, such as eczema or other skin conditions. Allergies can cause them too, and guess what? Yep! Allergies are another inflammatory response your body is having due to – you guessed it – stress.
We can now understand why becoming a Sleeping Beauty can alleviate those under-eye nuisances. We need a full night of uninterrupted sleep in order to allay the evil stresses that would come against us! What if we could wake up and need less concealer, just because we decided to become a Sleeping Beauty?
B O D Y
If you want to build a strong healthy body, don’t forget to get your sleep! You may be killing it at the gym, martial arts, dance, yoga, soccer, or whatever your choice of athletic expression; but if you don’t give your body plenty of human growth hormone-releasing sleep, all of that hard work will only tear that beautiful body down. Your body is amazing, and it will build power and strength if you will allow it to rest and do what it already knows how to do. Your sleep is as important as all of the other things you do to build your awesome powerhouse. Become a Sleeping Beauty and you will begin to see more gains than you thought possible!
Mess with your sleep and you mess with your hormones. This is a path you do not want to take, because as one thing leads to another, you could descend into a terrifying downward spiral of depression, anxiety, and a host of other maladies connected to hormone imbalance. Too much stress on your body could lead to a breakdown in your master hormones, causing adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders, female hormonal imbalances, anemia, anxiety, and depression. Once you start down that path, it can have a domino effect on your health and well-being. You could become chronically fatigued, unable to enjoy your everyday life and without energy for all the things you love. The good news is that if this happens to you, it is fixable – but is not easy and it’s a long road to recovery. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this couldn’t happen to you, because it is a very common occurrence, especially among young active women. As always, prevention is the best medicine, so take time to relax and get your much needed sleep every single day. It doesn’t work to try to catch up on the weekends, though that’s better than nothing. The best plan to stay hormonally balanced is daily stress relief combined with a full night of restful sleep.
7. WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
Sleep does seem to play a role in keeping us at a healthy weight. It is difficult to maintain an active lifestyle when you are tired and sleep deprived, leading to less calories burned, and ultimately, the dreaded weight gain. You may be eating right and exercising, yet still gaining weight. Sleep also helps regulate the hunger hormones, leptin and gherkin. Without enough sleep to keep hunger at bay, you may indulge in more food than you would normally eat.The combination of fatigue and more calories consumed will cause you to pack on some pounds. Remember when we said that when you sleep you are accomplishing great things?
Become a Sleeping Beauty and watch your stress melt away while your natural beauty comes shining through. Relax, give yourself a break, and take some time to rest. Run a warm bath, light a candle, and immerse yourself in serenity. Climb into your bed, turn off the lights, and snooze your way to a more beautiful you!