If you’re not getting enough sleep, the first place the signs will appear is on your skin. At night, the skin is hard at work reversing the damage inflicted from the day. “A good night’s sleep is necessary for healthy skin,” says Weston, FL, aesthetician Rosalee Messa. “During the hours of sleep, cortisol and insulin production peak, and collagen production is accelerated. Growth hormones, which initiate cell and tissue repair, crest during our deepest stage of sleep.” But we know getting a good night’s sleep is easier said than done. Below are some tips from The National Sleep Foundation on getting a better night’s rest.
• Wake in the morning and go to bed at night at the same time.
• Relax before bedtime.
• Make sure your bedroom is comfortable, dark, cool and quiet, and do nothing in your bedroom other than sleep and have sex.
• Avoid eating, exercising and consuming caffeine within a few hours of bedtime.
• Don’t smoke, and avoid alcohol just before bed.
• Make sure your mattress and pillows are comfortable.
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