Unless you’ve been lucky enough to have enjoyed 8 hours of unbroken sleep every night of your life, you probably already know that a lack of sleep doesn’t help you to feel or look your best.
In fact, sleep deprivation can actually be pretty bad for your health and your appearance; preventing you from performing well at work, making everyday activities that little bit tougher and even leaving you more susceptible to illness.
All this means that getting plenty of sleep can transform the way you look and feel, giving you a new lease of life and helping you to live each day to the full – but how much sleep do we really need? And how can we ensure we get our full forty winks every night of the week?
HOW MUCH SLEEP DO WE REALLY NEED?
Though you might think that we all need eight hours of beauty sleep a night, the perfect amount of shuteye varies a lot from person to person and depends on your age, lifestyle and health.
Though most of us will need between seven and nine hours a night, some people require a lot less while others, especially teenagers, need far more time in the land of nod in order to recharge their batteries.
Some people can even get by on as little as four hours sleep a night; Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill apparently being two famous examples.
HOW DOES SLEEP AFFECT HEALTH AND APPEARANCE?
A lack of sleep causes the blood vessels in our skin to dilate which in turn causes the appearance of dark circles around the eyes. When you sleep, your skin cells also repair and renew themselves, something that can be interrupted if you’re not getting enough shuteye.
What’s more, sleep deprivation has been linked to an increased chance of developing depression, anxiety, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, all things that will make you both feel and look unwell.
HOW TO GET A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP
While there’s no magic cure for getting a good night’s sleep there are some steps you can take to increase the chances of a refreshing snooze.
As comfort plays in big part in helping us drift off, the firmness and quality of our mattresses can have a big impact on the quality of our sleep.
If you suffer from backache or joint pain, a memory foam mattress could help to alleviate the worst of the soreness and help you to feel revitalised in the mornings. If you find your pocket sprung mattress too firm or too soft, switching for one that fits better with your body could transform the way you sleep at night.
Removing distractions like phones, TVs and computers from the bedroom is also a good way to relax before bed, as is tidying away clutter and creating a calm, tranquil interior – a divan bed might help with this.
Changing your mattress and your bedtime habits can have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep, helping you to look better, feel healthier and appear relaxed and rejuvenated every day.
Find plenty of helpful tips on how to get a better nights sleep in our blog section!