Are you getting your beauty sleep?

by beautifulwithbrains
beauty sleep is not a myth

Are you getting your beauty sleep?

When I was younger, I’d spend countless night up until all hours. It was so uncool to go to bed early. These days, I wish I could fall asleep at 10, but, more often than not, my insomnia is keeping me awake till the early morning hours.

Doesn’t matter what’s keeping me awake. My skin is paying the price for lack of sleep. Just like the rest of my body (and mind), it looks tired and worn out. People have started asking me if I’m ill. Ugh.

Beauty sleep is no myth. We really need it to look our best. Without it, there’s only so much the best concealer in the world can do.

Here’s why and how to get all the beauty sleep you (and your skin) need:

Why You Need Your Beauty Sleep

Let’s start with the boring science part. In humans, sleep is divided into two main phases: non-REM and REM sleep.

The first phase, which occupies most of the early sleep night, is when our brain gets its well-deserved rest after all the frantic and intense work it did when we were awake. The second phase, REM or “deep” sleep, is when we dream.

It’s during the REM phase that our body regenerates and restores itself (isn’t it awesome)? Here’s how it works. Our body produces human growth hormobe (HGH) that helps repair tissues and keeps skin elastic. Skin cells regenerate faster at night, too.

So, if sleep is that important, can you imagine what happens when we don’t enough? Our body isn’t happy, and starts producing cortisol, the hormone that creates free radicals and reduces skin regeneration. And, as we all know, we get those pesky dark circles, under-eye bags, and puffy eyes.

How to get your best (beauty) sleep

Ok, so now you know that you need to get at least 8 hours of good sleep every single night (naps don’t count). But how do you do it? Here are what’s working for me:

Beauty Sleep Tip #1: Routine is your friend

Routine can be so boring. But, it can also be helfpul. Going to sleep at the same hour every night, and waking up at the same hour every morning really helps. Your body will rebel at first, but, soon, you’ll teach it when it’s time to sleep and when it’s time to wake up, so that it can get all the rest it needs.

Beauty Sleep Tip #2: Watch your diet

A large meal and a good cup of coffee are two of the little pleasures of life. But, they also interfere with sleep. Never have them just before you go to bed. The same is true for nicotine, but, then, I hope you aren’t smoking, anyway. I wrote a whole post about how that ages you faster too, by the way. If you smoke, you should check it out.

Related: Why The Low-Glycemic Diet Is The Secret To Younger-Looking Skin

Beauty Sleep Tip #3: Don’t forget your skincare

Doesn’t matter how tired you are, you should always find the time to cleanse your skin and apply serum and moisturizer, at least. The night is a particularly great time to use retinol and vitamin C, two anti-aging superstars that make skin more susceptible to sun damage when exposed to sunlight.

Related: 5 Anti-Aging Superstars You Should Add To Your Skincare Routine Now

Beauty Sleep Tip #4: Create a quiet environment

Light and noise can interfere with sleep, too. So, make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, and comfortably warm (but, not too hot, or you won’t be able to sleep).

Beauty Sleep Tip #5: Sleep On Your Back

I’m awful at this. I find sleeping on my side so comfortable. But, pressing your face into a pillow can create crease marks that turn into premature wrinkles overtime. Kinda defeats the purpose of sleeping for better skin, doesn’t it?

The Bottom Line

Getting your eight hours of sleep is not negotiable if you want healthy and flawless skin. Hopefully, these tips will make it easier for you to get all the beauty sleep you need.

Do you have any tips to get your beauty sleep every night? Share them in the comments below.



Nikki November 7, 2008 - 3:17 pm

I usually sleep 5-6 hours….yeah..eye bags, tired eyes..all my fault! lol

Eru November 7, 2008 - 9:05 pm

I’m definitely not sleeping enough! I don’t get major eye problems by the morning, but I’m afraid in a few years that will change! :S
The satin pillowcase sounds helpful, I will check one ASAP.
Thanks for sharing 🙂

sab November 8, 2008 - 1:43 am

not sleeping enough too. if it were up to me i’d stay up the whole day. there’s just so many things to do! but, yeah, i guess i should be more conscious. 🙂

jnie November 8, 2008 - 11:08 am

I’m surely not getting the hours in, when I am I’m always in rem sleep, the deepest sleep. It would take an fire to wake me up. lol. that reminds me, i really have to get one of those silk pillows.

beautifulwithbrains November 8, 2008 - 8:00 pm

Nikki: you need to sleep more!! Your eyes will thanks you! How can you manage to sleep only 6 hours?! I’m a zombie all day if I don’t sleep for 8 hours!

Eru: lucky you! I always sleep 8 hours a night and still have dark circles under my eyes, I think that’s genetic though so not much I can do about it. But you definitely need to sleep more, you’ll feel a lot better if you do. 🙂

Sab: I know what you mean. I don’t really like sleeping (do you think I’m weird? everyone thinks so lol). I just keep thinking of all the things I could do instead of lying in bed. But I can’t function properly if I don’t sleep for at least 8 hours, my body needs sleep and so does yours 🙂

Jnie: lucky you! I’m a very light sleeper, the faintest noise is enough to wake me. The silk pillow is really good, you should get one soon!

djanmo November 9, 2008 - 2:49 am

I got a satin pillow case as a gift from this company- Neero & Ana. It beats the cheap one I bought from Linen N things. It seems to help me sleep better for some reason and makes my skin really soft and smooth and it does help my hair too. Try it. It works.

beautifulwithbrains November 9, 2008 - 11:25 am

It’s great that you got it as a gift! I love satin pillowcases, they’re great and so useful!

Anastasia November 10, 2008 - 8:59 pm

Haha, I get about 4 hours a night after drinking caffeine all day and night (I only drink Pepsi Max, nothing else) and I usually eat after midnight!

It’s a wonder I don’t look like a swamp hag. But hey, Touché Eclat is a great substitute for sleep.

Sara November 11, 2008 - 3:44 am

I just read that you release a hormone when you sleep that help controls hunger. Here’s to being skinny and glowing!

beautifulwithbrains November 11, 2008 - 2:36 pm

Anastasia: I can believe you sleep so little! I’ve only slept 7 hours tonight and I’m already fallin asleep! It’s not good for you, you should get more rest!
Concealers are great to hide dark circles and bags, I just wish Touche Eclat was cheaper!

Sara: you’re right. Lack of sleep causes hormonal shifts that increase feelings of hunger. That’s definitely another good reason to get your 8 hours sleep!

sunnydays13 December 18, 2008 - 4:31 am

I had heard the same thing about cotton pillowcases. They absorb the moisture from your hair and skin that’s needed to be healthy. Cotton also causes split-ends and bedhead. I began using satin pillowcases a couple of years ago and what a difference. My hair is much healthier and I don’t have those pillow creases on my face in the morning. There is an amazing website that sells not only solid colors but these awesome prints. I found a set that is perfect with my color scheme in a soft, beautiful print and I found a set in a funky pattern. Both are so amazingly comfortable. I also bought a peppermint eye pillow that is just so relaxing. The name of the company is A Touch Of Satin. Their website is They had a page that talked about all the benefits of sleeping on satin. Give them a look and let me know what you think.

beautifulwithbrains December 18, 2008 - 1:44 pm

Thanks for your comment. I love satin pillowcases too, they are really good for you and have lots of benefits. I’ve checked the webiste and I love that they have so many styles and designs to choose from.

Amanda January 29, 2009 - 1:52 pm

It’s Silk pillowcases you need to sleep on
check out the benefits of silk at

beautifulwithbrains January 30, 2009 - 11:43 am

You’re right, silk pillocases are great and have lots of benefits like preventing thinning of the hair and not absorbing natural moisture off your skin and hair.

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