We’ve all heard or read about how sleep is the cheapest and easiest anti-aging treatment available but apparently, beauty sleep isn’t just about getting enough nocturnal rest and there are some strategies involved. Here, I’ll just cover three tips on how to optimize your beauty sleep which I have found to be interesting.
Sleep between 11pm and 3am
I wrote about the optimum time to sleep is between 11 pm and 3 am as that’s the best time for the body to rejuvenate when your system recharges and recovers. I personally vouch for this. If I sleep anytime later, I look tired no matter how much hours I sleep. In addition, you might like to know that deep sleep is what we should be aiming for, as this is when cells are repaired and the human growth hormone which slows ageing is released.
Sleep on your back
A few books I’ve read encourage us to sleep on our backs claiming that this is the best position to help preserve a youthful looking complexion. The reason given is that persistently pressing our faces into a pillow can encourage facial crinkling and over time, aggravated by the friction of a cotton pillowcase, can create permanent creases as our collagen breaks down. In addition, the weight of our own faces impairs circulation to the part we have pressed into the pillow and this compromises the skin’s regenerative abilities.
While I can’t say this is definitely true, but I’m wondering about the deeper wrinkle lines on the left side of my face which I usually sleep on!
Sleep on a satin pillowcase
For those who cannot sleep on their backs, then the best option is to sleep on a satin pillowcase which is said to be good for the skin as it helps to prevent facial creases caused by the face laying in the same position for an extended time and takes off unnecessary pressure compared to cotton pillowcases which have a rougher surface. Satin also does not absorb so much moisture and hence, your night cream on your face will stay on better.
Similarly, hair will not dry out as much due to the loss of moisture with satin pillowcases. And since satin is more slippery than cotton, your hair get less friction and static plus is less proned to breakage as they just kind of slide across the pillow instead of getting all knotted.
Well, call me naive but I’m rather keen on the idea of a satin pillowcase right now!