Your Routines

Sleep Routine Hack For Optimal Rest & Skin Health

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Are you having trouble winding down at the end of the day and falling asleep? Do you wake up feeling "blah" and your skin looking dull and tired, with dark circles under your eyes? It might be because your body is not receiving an optimal, restful good night's sleep. Adequate sleep is a must not only for your physical health, mental health, and productivity but also for your physical appearance.

Like friends, family, and co-workers, those around us can often tell when we are not receiving sufficient sleep. Not only may you be a little grumpy (we've all been there!), but our skin might be a bit less vibrant and glowy, and we're probably relying on all the concealer!

However, the good news is you can manage your sleep with just a few simple steps! Read on to find out how you can get 8 hours of sleep every night.

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Creating a sleep routine might help you greatly when it comes to relaxing and getting that restful night's sleep you need! But where do you start? Fear not! We will help you break down all the most efficient sleep routine elements to get the most out of your zzz's.

Turn Off Electronics

First things first, waking up well-rested depends on the actions taken the night before. While it may be difficult at first, try turning off your thirty minutes to one hour before your planned bedtime.  

Research has found that fluorescent lights, along with the blue lights found in many of our regularly used electronics such as smartphones, tablets, and televisions, stops and delays our bodies from naturally producing melatonin as the sun goes down and evening rolls around.

While these lights are great during the day because they help us stay alert and focused, the way our bodies react to it at night time is a different story!

Melatonin is the hormone released through the pineal gland that balances our sleep and wake cycle—also known as our circadian rhythm. When our circadian rhythm is out of sorts, we may not get tired in the evening, unlike how our bodies act naturally. Instead, we experience tiredness much later, the nighttime or even daytime. Drowsiness during the day leads to a decline in our productivity.

A quick hack for those who are night owls and enjoy getting their work done in the evenings is to try out blue-light-blocking glasses. Blocking out those blue light wavelengths encourages your body to produce melatonin at the appropriate times, despite actively using your electronics.

While this method may not work for everyone, you can purchase blue-light-blocking glasses affordably, so it is worth a shot!

Get Your Body Used To Routine

As humans, we are creatures of habit - our bodies love routine. The best way to train your body to naturally get tired at night and feel alert when the sun comes up is to set a strict bedtime and wake time and stick to it!

Yes, it may be hard at first, but gradually your body will get used to it and crave going to bed or waking up at those specific times. Select a time that will give your around 7-8 solid hours of sleep, so depending on your unique lifestyle and work schedule, that may be around 10 pm for some people and midnight for others.

Either way, be strict with yourself and maintain it. Trust us—your body will thank you for it.

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Establish An Enjoyable Nighttime Routine

Okay, this is probably the best part of your sleep routine—always have a fun regimen to look forward to performing. Each person's nighttime routine is different, but some ideas can include:

  • Putting a few drops of your favorite diffuser oil into your diffuser to create a calming atmosphere
  • Taking a warm bath or shower to relax your muscles and get you into a sleep state of mind
  • Enjoying a hot cup of your favorite tea - we love Nighty Night by Traditional Medicinals!
  • Use a restful sleep oil blend like Sleep Well to encourage relaxation.
  • Doing your nighttime skincare routine (i.e., Makeup remover, cleanser, toner, moisturizer, facial oils, thicker eye creams, jade roller, face mask, acne spot treatment). Of course, your routine does not have to include all these products, just the ones that work for you!
  • Spend time with your loved ones

Here are some additional skin care products you may want to consider adding to your nighttime regimen:

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Farmacy Beauty Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm

Key Ingredients: Sunflower oil, Ginger Root oil, Turmeric extrac, Moringa extract, Papaya enzymes

Price: $34

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Face Cleanser

Key Ingredients:  Aloe Vera juice, Coconut oil, Cucumber extract, Watercress extract

Price: $14.99

Rocky Mountain Soap Co Beech Tree Bud Eye Cream

Key Ingredients: Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Ginseng Root extract, Green Tea Leaf extract

Price: $31.95

Clear Quartz Clear Quartz Facial Roller

Key Features: Clear quartz

Price: $32

Lux Skin Spin Cleansing Brush

Key Features: Three brush head options

Price: $19.99

For an extensive list of skin care products, check out what Byrdie has to say!

Avoid Caffeine, Food, and Alcohol

For optimal sleep, try to cap your caffeine intake for the day in the late afternoon and avoid heavy meals and alcohol intake right before bedtime. No one wants to go to sleep with a super full, heavy stomach—it's essential to allow your food to digest!

If you feel peckish, stick to light snacks like avocado, yogurt, and tea.

So, there you have it! If you begin to incorporate some of these tips into your evening, you will be sleeping better, feeling better, and looking better. While concealer is a great tool and pick-me-up, there is nothing quite like a refreshed, well-rested appearance, and we should all aim for that!

Here's to restful nights and productive days!