At a recent Mary Kay skincare event, sleep scientist Jan Yager, Ph.D. shared tips for getting your best beauty rest:
- Exercise may enhance sleep, particularly if you do it in the late afternoon or early evening, not immediately before bed or when you wake up in the morning.
- Don't go to sleep hungry or too full: Both can put your body's metabolic processes into overdrive.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed—though it might seem like a nightcap helps you sleep, both substances can increase sleep fragmentation and the number of times you wake up in the night, making you feel less rested in the morning.
- Don't take naps unless you absolutely have to: They can prevent you from falling asleep at night, no matter how early in the day you take them.
- Stay in bed only as long as your body needs to. Too much sleep can actually cause frequent awakenings at night and the inability to fall asleep.
What beauty sleep rituals do you swear by?