Sleeping Tips: Have More Fun in the Sack

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5 ways to improve your sleep tonight—and why you'll look more beautiful tomorrow.

It never feels great when a friend, coworker, or your neighborhood barista says those three little words: “You look tired.” Ouch. So, we don’t have to tell you what a solid night’s rest does for your face. These bedtime habits are a win for your skin.

Turn in earlier.

One 2015 study found that sleepers who clocked less than five hours of shuteye showed increased signs of premature aging compared to those who rested for seven to nine hoursthe amount of sleep most of us need according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Go screen-free.

Late-night screen time can throw off your circadian rhythm, leading to less restorative sleep and potentially higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. That spells bad news for your skin: Increased cortisol has been linked to skin flare-ups, including acne and eczema.

Change your sheets.

According to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation, roughly 75 percent of people surveyed said they get a more comfortable rest on sheets with a fresh scent, such as lavender, one of the natural fragrances in SeeMe Beauty. Plus, unwashed pillowcases can transfer bacteria to your face, increasing the chance of breakouts.

Wake at the same time every day.

If you want to look and feel refreshed in the morning, go to bed and wake up at the same time every day to develop a consistent sleep routine, which has been shown to lead to deeper, more restorative rest. It’ll payoff: A study in the journal Sleep found that when people were sleep deprived, they were perceived as having paler skin and more wrinkles compared to those who slept longer and more soundly.

Go dark.

Light can inhibit the production of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin. Your body needs darkness as a cue that it’s time for bed, so make sure your curtains can block out any light, which also can help you fall asleep faster and improve the quality of your sleep. Studies have shown that lack of sleep can lead to an increase in the breakdown of collagen, which keeps skin supple. So hit the lights and take full advantage of your beauty rest.