We’ve all heard the old wives’ tales. Get a decent amount of “beauty sleep” and you will resist aging for longer. But are the stories true?
According to new research, it appears so. While you’re off in dreamland, your skin, brain, and other organs are in fix-it mode. The cells get repaired so that they can function optimally for longer. This means fewer wrinkles, a stronger memory, and a healthier body.
Knowing the importance of beauty sleep does not help you get it though. Next is the challenge to fall asleep and stay that way. Here are some tips to do just that:
- Keep cool. People sleep best in a room between 65 and 75 degrees. If it begins to get warmer than that this summer, you may have trouble nodding off. So turn on a fan or the AC to cool the room and help you get the rest you need.
- Take a warm bath. In the same vein as keeping the room cool, increasing your body temperature right before bed will help you to sleep. As your body cools from the bath, it will signal your brain that it is bedtime.
- Have a comfy bed. This may sound obvious, but you will have trouble sleeping if you aren’t comfortable. If you don’t want to get a new mattress, there are many mattress covers on the market that will make your bed more snuggly.