Great Sleep = Great Skin and at the moment, in the middle of a pandemic many people aren’t getting a great sleep – and their skin is being impacted.

Stress can impact your life in many ways, including negatively affecting the quality of your sleep.  It makes sense: you lie in bed, worrying and feeling anxious, which makes it almost impossible to relax and quiet your mind enough to fall asleep.  It’s no wonder people use the phrase “losing sleep over something.”

That’s also why people who suffer from chronic stress day in and day out sleep less, have poorer sleep quality, and find it harder to function well during the day.

Unfortunately, this cycle will only continue to get worse: if you don’t sleep enough at night, your body boosts its levels of stress hormones.  The brain chemicals connected with deep sleep are the same ones that tell the body to stop the production of stress hormones.  As a result, when you don’t sleep well your body keeps pumping out those hormones.  The next day, you feel more stressed, the following night you find it harder to fall asleep, and so on.  Even worse, stress hormones peak in the afternoon and early evening, just when you should be relaxing.

So – here are some ideas to help you wind down.

Make a List

If tomorrow’s to-dos tend to race around your brain as you try to drift off, get them out of your head by jotting them down.  Whether you prefer to use a pen and paper or type up a quick note in your smartphone.  This strategy ensures that you won’t forget about anything the next day, which may help you stop worrying.

Another option…  Keep a nightly journal.  You can record any anxieties and frustrations and then close the cover and leave them on the page for the night.

 

Take Five Breaths.

Even a few inhales and exhales can calm your nervous system.  Place a hand on your lower belly and feel it rise and fall as you breathe.  Count of three, and then breathe out for another count of three.  Repeat this cycle five times.

 

Tune in to Your Senses.

Doing so keeps you in the present moment, which prevents you from focusing on sleep-inhibiting stressful thoughts.  Think about how the sheets feel against your skin, what sounds you hear out your window, and how the air smells.

 

Tense Your Toes.

Yes, you’re trying to relax, but by tensing and then relaxing your toes, you can help your whole body become calm.  Lie on your back and close your eyes.  Focus on how your toes feel.  Now, tense and pull all ten toes up toward your face and hold them there for a count of ten. Then release them and count to ten.  Repeat this exercise ten times.

 

Set a diffuser and use aromatherapy before bed

Try the perfect sleep blend and this will clear your room of negative energies and release relaxing aromatherapy smells into your room.  These will trigger relaxation in your mind. Have a look at this Facebook post -There’s a link to some videos to show you how to make your own DIY sleep remedy and apply it to your feet. Use essential oils to help your sleep. Also try our pillow spray before you get in bed.

Mood Changes

The more exhausted you feel, the less you’re able to focus at work and at home, which leads to even more stress.  You’re also more likely to snap at your friends and family, causing stress over relationships.

More downsides to all this stress?  People who have high, prolonged levels of stress have higher risk of health problems, such as heart disease, depression, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, stomach issues, and more.

 

Great sleep = Great skin

Improve the quality of your sleep and you will instantly help your skin.  Stress impacts your sleep.  During sleep, your skin’s blood flow increases, and the organ rebuilds its collagen and repairs damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles and age spots.

What most people don’t realise is that the hours we spend asleep are actually among our most constructive.  Certain areas of your brain work their hardest during sleep, and skin is best able to repair and regenerate itself at night.

In short, quality sleep is crucial to both skin health and your overall health.  Levels of the stress hormone cortisol fall during sleep, which helps skin repair daytime damage. Remember, nothing is an overnight fix – but this can go a long way to help!

If you’d like to chat more about your skin health, aromatherapy or salon management or training, please message me on Facebook, and let’s chat.

Louisa Ashforth – LA Skincare