SLEEP

SLEEP

Sleep- blissful, dreamy sleep, the largest contributor to how we feel, operate, function and look on a daily basis.

We are conditioned to understand our health and wellbeing is directly related to what we eat and how we move, which of course is true, however recent evidence points to the conclusion that above nutrition and exercise- sleep is the most significant driver in determining our overall health.

So, what is it that actually happens to our bodies while we are catching our zzzz’s?

Sleep enriches our brain function- optimising our ability to learn, memorise, make decisions and inspire creativity. It boosts our immune system, fine tunes our metabolism, regulates appetite and re-calibrates our emotions.

While we are snoozin’, our body is hard at work recovering, regenerating and most importantly releasing human growth hormone (HgH), (a necessary ingredient for collagen production where skin, hair and nail health is concerned)

Sleep enriches our brain function- optimising our ability to learn, memorise, make decisions and inspire creativity. It boosts our immune system, fine tunes our metabolism, regulates appetite and re-calibrates our emotions. And it doesn’t stop there. Sleep effects our mood and energy levels, hormonal function, slows ageing, and is a key factor in preventing chronic illness.

Aside from sleep being a fundamental requirement for multiple body functions, the physical benefits of a full 8 hours are where the very true notion of beauty sleep stems.

The act of sleep is known to be a chief role in a healthy, youthful and well rested appearance. Skimping on sleep can lead to a host of skin issues. According to experts, anything less than the recommended 7—9 hours of shut eye per night can play a significant role in premature ageing, sagging skin, and dark under eye circles. Sleep deprivation increases inflammation and stress hormones in the body- which can result in problems such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.

On the flip-side however, a good night’s sleep will result in brighter eyes, a brighter complexion, clearer skin, improved skin conditions and fewer wrinkles (amongst the numerous other benefits).

Aside from sleep being a fundamental requirement for multiple body functions, the physical benefits of a full 8 hours are where the very true notion of beauty sleep stems.

Suffice to say, a good night’s sleep is a significant step in optimising your wellbeing. And remember It’s not just the quantity of sleep we are getting, but the quality that matters. Read on for our top tips for your best sleep yet.

1. DITCH YOUR DEVICE

Minimise or cut all technology and blue light emitting devises after dark- or at least from 9.30pm onwards. Why? Blue light not only increases alertness, but it supresses the release of melatonin- our sleep inducing hormone required to switch our gear to slumber

2.SLOW IT DOWN

Activate your parasympathetic nervous system, AKA your rest and digest system. This will help slow your heart rate, promote relaxation and get your mind and body ready for sleep. Try easing into sleep with a book, some meditation, breathing practice or Yin Yoga.

3.RE-THINK THAT NIGHTCAP

Avoiding stimulants such as alcohol and caffeine are crucial to a good nights sleep. Whilst alcohol has sedative qualities, drinking before bed does more harm than good. Alcohol will disrupt your REM cycle causing more wakefulness as the night goes on.

4.ENLIST A LITTLE HELP

If you have trouble falling and staying asleep, a natural sleep supplement can be an effective aid. The Beauty Chef SLEEP contains lemon balm, sour cherry, turmeric and passionflower, ingredients known for their effect to lull you into a lovely deep sleep and relieve symptoms of mild anxiety. Wake up feeling well rested and refreshed.

Image: Kate Moss by Mario Sorrenti

 

 

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