6 Tips for Better Beauty Sleep

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This month, we’re focusing on how to get better (and more!) sleep.

My typical morning routine involves hitting snooze approximately 25 times and an amount of coffee that would shock even Lorelai Gilmore. Chances are your morning looks a tad similar. After all, between 50 to 70 million American adults suffer from a sleep disorder. [1]

People who can wake up without hitting snooze a thousand times have their ish together; they’re doing this whole #adulting thing right. So this month, we’re focusing on sleep: why we need it, and how to get enough of it. We’ve even included a special surprise in our October mailing to help. Check it out in our unboxing video above!

The Art of Beauty Sleep, Perfected

Expanding on the tips in our monthly mini mag.

Figure out your bedtime

The average sleep cycle is 90 minutes. For the best night of rest, you want to coordinate your bedtime so that your wake-up time falls at the end of one of those 90-minute cycles. Count backward from when your alarm goes off to set your bedtime.

6 hours before bed

Cut out caffeine. That may sound like overkill, but a recent study found that consuming caffeine within six hours of bedtime seriously disrupted sleep, reducing total sleep time by more than an hour.

3 hours before bed

Avoid alcohol and salty foods. While alcohol may initially help you fall asleep faster, studies show that it messes with your sleep cycle and interferes with your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Plus, alcohol dehydrates you, causing your body to retain water, especially around your eyes. Salty foods create similar puffy-eye problems.

1 hour before bed

Shut off the TV and (gasp!) put away your phone. Our brains are cued to wind down when it gets dark, but the blue light from electronic devices interferes with that process and makes it harder to fall asleep.

Calm your senses

Set the mood by incorporating aromatherapy into your nightly routine. Spritz a pillow mist or apply a roll-on oil, inhale deeply, and let go of stress. Choose a blend with lavender; research has shown this scent can help soothe anxiety and promote deep sleep.

Rest on a silk pillowcase

It’s a necessary luxury. Cotton pillowcases are rough to your skin and hair; they can contribute to “sleep wrinkles” (yes, they’re a thing) by damaging collagen, and also lead to frizzy, damaged hair.

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