They don’t call it beauty rest for nothing (although, it’s not more beauty that we need in our lives, it’s more health. We should be calling it health and wellness rest, but I digress.)
My whole approach to healing acne is to look at the whole picture of “you”, making sure that your physical, mental and emotional healths are being cared for. One thing that can help with each of those areas is adequate sleep.
I’m taking a good guess you’ve probably heard how important sleep is for overall health by now. Recently there have been a lot of articles online and in magazines, as well as segments on talk shows and in the news discussing the benefits of adequate sleep, and the detriments from lacking it.
It should come as no surprise that sleep is also essential for healthy skin. So, if you’re serious about healing your acne, you’ll have to get serious about sleep as well.
There are a bagillion ways in which better sleep helps with our skin (give or take a gillion). A good night’s sleep relieves the effects of stress and expedites the benefits of other healthy changes. Skin (along with your whole body) goes to work repairing itself during sleep. Not to mention this down time helps balance and regulate hormones, super important for combating acne. Additionally, being well rested gives you more energy and helps you kick your reliance on stimulants such as sugar or caffeine. Adequate sleep can also help your mind deal with times of change.
So, sleep is muy importante. But the truth is that in our modern society, most all of us are sleep deprived. We’ve just gotten so used to it, we don’t even notice. It’s normal to wake up tired, right? To feel groggy midday?
It’s almost an expectation these days to sleep less, to sacrifice sleep in order show dedication, hard work, commitment, that we can do it all. We trade doing more for sleeping less, and we’re paying for it with our health. Ironically, studies show that we’re less efficient when we don’t have adequate sleep – so we’re not actually doing more any way.
It’s time to make some changes, for the health of your mind, body and yes, skin – it’s time to start taking sleep seriously. Time to make a conscious effort to treat sleep as a priority. Only good things can come from making this a habit in your life. I promise.
What are the first steps for making that happen? Glad you asked!
ONE – Aim to get approximately 8 hours of quality sleep each night. Plan accordingly. If you have to get up earlier one day, go to bed earlier the night before.
TWO – Treat it like it’s a job. Schedule it. Commit to it. If necessary, set a timer that let’s you know it’s time to shut down for the day and prepare for bed.
THREE – Make it a habit and get into a rhythm. Aim to go to bed around the same time every day. Don’t use the weekends to “catch up”. Keep the same hours.
FOUR – Stop looking at all electronic devices at least 60 minutes before you go to bed. This includes your phone, computer, tablet or iPad, television, etc. If you can, dim the lights or have just a few lights on.
Pick one of these steps and make the effort to implement the change in your life this week. Choose a different one next week. Continue to do that and four weeks from now, you’ll be getting more rest, and feeling and seeing the benefits.
How does that sound? Think you can do it? Why or why not? Let me hear from you in the comments below!
Until next time.