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Beauty Sleep: Snooze Facts and Hacks You Must Know About

Happy World Sleep Day!
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While sleep is a luxury for many, it is first and foremost an essential requirement for a healthy life. As we celebrate World Sleep Day, let us remind you how you can ensure you get the best sleep every day.


Turn off all light sources—including the blinking light of your TV and your mobile phone—during bedtime.

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Anything with light, even when your eyes are closed to actually see it, affects your sleep pattern and quality. It forces the body to wake up—such as LED lights, that blue light on your computer screen, that blinking light on your TV, the games you play and apps you check on your phone before you sleep—because again, it works on an ancient pattern when our ancestors have relied on the blue light of dawn as a signal of a new day and the time to rise. “Any light you have with a blue spectrum in it is going to destroy whatever melatonin—also known as the sleep hormone—is in your brain,” says Dr. Ted Achacoso, chief science officer of wellness institute BioBalance.

 

Always set your alarm according to sleep cycles.

The average sleep cycle is around 1.5 hours or 90 minutes, which means a 7.5-hour sleep is a pretty good amount with roughly 5 cycles. If your alarm clock wakes you up in between cycles, you get the feeling of being jerked awake like you were hit by a truck or you get the groggy, sleep-deprived feeling all day. The lesson is, if you have to set your alarm, count the minutes and set it for when a sleep cycle ends, whether its just two (3 hours) or three (4.5 hours) or four (6 hours) cycles.

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You can make use of sunlight as your “alarm.”

On days when you can afford to not use an alarm clock, try letting some sunshine in your room in the morning by leaving the curtains slightly open. Human bodies are conditioned to wake up when exposed to sunlight. This way, you wake up a lot easier and less groggy.

 

The body’s performance when deprived of sleep and when drunk is the same.

A study has recently revealed that lack of sleep “produces impairments in cognitive and motor performance equivalent to” alcohol intoxication. It was found that after 17 to 19 hours without sleep, the body’s alertness is similar to that of someone whose blood alcohol concentration is .05%, considered “impaired” in the U.S. legally drunk scale. Beyond 24 hours without sleep would be the equivalent of a .1% blood alcohol concentration. Simply put, do not not sleep and drive.

 

Remember that quality is as important as quantity.

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This is the reason why waking up after a complete sleep cycle is very important. But know that ensuring you get quality sleep can also be achieved through wellness products or natural remedies that support the body for a good night’s sleep. Various essential oils, for instance, can help relax and soothe the mind in time for bed.

One of the world’s most popular organic brands long known for harnessing the power of essential oils in its skincare and beauty lines is Neal’s Yard Remedies. Some of our favorite products from the brand are from its Beauty Sleep and Goodnight lines, which all feature essential oils to help us instantly relax and hardworking organic ingredients that repair and rejuvenate the skin at night.


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The Goodnight Pillow Mist (P950) almost works like magic with deeply soothing lavender, warming and relaxing mandarin, calming vetiver (which also helps us drift off naturally), and geranium that helps in balancing emotions.

 


If you want your room to smell like your favorite spa, use the Aromatherapy Room Spray in Balancing (P1,550). It has bergamot and patchouli for a serene and centered evening.

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The Organic Aromatherapy Candle in Calming scent (P2,750) has rose and geranium essential oils. It is natural, organic, and is made of beeswax, allowing it to have a lower melting point and making it safe for the respiratory system, as opposed to candles made from petroleum wax.

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The Beauty Sleep Concentrate (P2,350) is the most delightful sleep inducing facial serum we've tried, infused with essential oils such as soothing ylang-ylang, therapeutic patchouli, revitalizing orange, and clary sage for calming nerves while nourishing the skin.


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Replace your usual evening body lotion with this moisturizing and calming Beauty Sleep Body Butter (P1,750), and you're all set for a deep relaxing sleep. 

Neal's Yard Remedies is available at Rustan's The Beauty Source.

 

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Nicole Limos Morales
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Nicole’s career in publishing began in 2006. Before becoming Town & Country online’s managing editor, she moved from features editor to beauty editor of the title’s print edition. “The lessons in publishing are countless,” she says. “The most crucial ones for me? That to write best about life, you need to live your life. And another I still struggle to live by: ‘Brevity is a virtue; verbosity is a vice.’”
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