Good sleep is a key beauty secret. Yet it can be hard to achieve it, particularly if you have a stressful call back or shoot the next day. But it’s key to get enough sleep for reasons just beyond beauty.
Routinely sleeping less that 7-8 hours has even been linked to many health problems, such as depression and cardiovascular disease. Inadequate sleep actually influences how the hormones that affect your appetite behave, with studies showing that people who slept 4 hours a night for two nights in a row were nearly 25% more hungry and wanted high-calorie snacks.
Here are 3 top tips to help you off to the land of nod…..
Try to avoid having stimulant drinks in the afternoon. Most people know that coffee has caffeine, a common stimulant. But don’t forget that teas, even green tea, can cause the same awakening effects. Caffeine drinks can often be stronger than several coffees. And alcohol, particularly tequila and meszcal can also leave you feeling wide awake when you’d rather be falling asleep.
Try to eat your dinner a few hours before you go to bed. If your body is still digesting a large meal, this can interrupt your efforts to fall asleep. Have a light, low-fat snack before bed, such as a low fat yoghurt.
Put your phone on airplane mode, cut the blue light with a filter, and don’t watch television or your computer screen in the hours before bed. These screens can disrupt your sleep, as they emit a blue light that can be stimulating for your brain, signaling it should wake up rather than slow down. Instead, try reading or meditating. A guided meditation can be really helpful if your mind is busy planning for tomorrow.
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