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Sleeping Beauty

Written on June 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm , by

At a recent Mary Kay skincare event, sleep scientist Jan Yager, Ph.D. shared tips for getting your best beauty rest:restful-sleep

  1. 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.
  2. Don’t go to sleep hungry or too full: Both can put your body’s metabolic processes into overdrive.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

  • Miranda Toet

    Reading a chapter a night. I helps me to get my mind off all the stuff happening during the day and somewhat keeps the dreams away too, for me at least!

  • Mallory

    I always drink a glass of milk before bed. Also since I have curly hair I never sleep with it down I twist it up into a bun before bed.

  • Deb

    After I pray. I take a couple of deep breaths (in through my nose out through my mouth) and then I conscously relax one limb at a time, then to my core..all the while in through my nose, out through my mouth…and soon, I am off to sleep.

  • ellen

    I always relax by reading in bed before I fall asleep. More important though is i make a list in my head of everything that I am grateful for. Next thing I know it’s morning!

  • Jen

    I list the days accomplishments so I have good dreams then do breathing exercises. Usually I’m asleep within minutes!

  • Bella

    I read a little then put an ocean sounds CD on my stereo. I breathe calmly for a few minutes and send loving thoughts to my family, friends, and my cat who is always there beside me.

  • Etta

    I work hard. Therefore, I sleep hard.

  • Anna Jasko

    I wash my hair, shower and spray my linens with stress relief eucalyptus/spearmint scented products. Then once in bed I do my daily reading and prayers…total relaxation.

  • http://Fitnessmagazine.com/blogs Cattoy

    One particular yoga pose is magic for me. I lie on my back on the floor, my legs vertical up the wall as I “sit” on the wall, arms outstretched and extended to either side, palms on the floor. Five minutes of this with focused breathing puts me out for the whole night.

  • nikki

    a warm shower following wid aromatic oil massage work wonders fo me :)

  • Destiny

    After a nice warm shower or warm bubble bath and then after I put on a cosy PJs on I watch alittle bit of t.v. to help me get my snooze going