Beauty Sleep - Not Just a Myth!
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We have all heard the saying “Get your beauty sleep.” And we wonder if the concept of Beauty Sleep is real, or if it is a myth. The good news is that Beauty Sleep is real. The quality and quantity of sleep you get each night impacts can impact your skin’s health and appearance. When we sleep our bodies and our skin recharge because we are healing, restoring and eliminating toxins.
The normal sleep cycle has 3 phases, each of which has a specific effect on your skin. During the first three hours of sleep your body will start producing the human growth hormone (HGH) from the pituitary gland. HGH contributes to youthful skin, and assists with repairing damage and deferring aging.
Melatonin is released during the middle two hours of sleep. Melatonin is a hormone that regulates sleep/wake patterns. Melatonin also has antioxidant properties that help to protect your skin from damaging free radicals.
During the final three hours, we are in active REM (rapid eye movement) sleep stage, and levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) decrease. In addition, the temperature of our skin goes down to its lowest point, our muscles relax and become immobile, allowing for deep recovery. (Interestingly, many people who have used IN:Dream have reported remembering wonderful dreams, partially because they are in a deeper state of REM)
So, when you wake up in the morning after having a good night’s sleep, you wake up looking brighter, fresher, and more vibrant. You may also be better able to manage your weight, manage stress, and be less inclined to be angry or frustrated.
Restful, quality sleep is a major contributor to our inner and outer beauty. We all know that getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night can be difficult. IN:DREAM, my natural herbal sleep aid, is delicious and effective. It can help to ensure that you are falling asleep quickly and easily, and staying asleep. It also relaxes your muscles so you wake up less achy.