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Are you sleeping enough?

Many of us boast about how little we sleep as a badge of honour, but experts say that’d be the same as running on fumes.  After a good night’s sleep, a human body is said to function most productively with freshness of mind.  I can vouch to walking around in a grumpy mood with my mind in the clouds when I don’t get enough sleep and definitely vouch for the days not being as most productive to my abilities.  How about you…are you sleeping enough?  Do you know the difference between sleep-deprived and well-rested?  It’s said that some of us are chronically sleep-deprived that we don’t know the difference and go on without being able to spot the adverse effects of lack of sleep.

There are many schools of thought on how much sleep we need.  Some experts saying as much as 9 hours and others claiming 7.5 hrs. to be the magic number while the traditional 8 hrs. fitting most of us.  Sleep-deprivation is said to attribute to weight-gain as those tired and groggy tend to graze the cupboards more frequently for snacks.  Sleep-deprivation is said to damage the ability to think clearly and to function the best way possible throughout our days.

     

So, why do we do it…why do we cheap out on sleep?  I’m sure there are plenty of reasons for each of us, however here are numerous reasons, though only vanity-based, from Wed MD why we should get enough sleep:

Faster-Healing Skin

“Beauty sleep” is real. Your skin uses sleep hours to heal itself from the day’s damage. When you drift off, your skin gets the chance to improve. That’s why you may wake up looking fresh and rosy.

Fewer Breakouts

More sleep, clearer skin. Lack of sleep can lead to stress, which causes pimples and blackheads, even in adults. In one study, experts found that college students had more breakouts when they were stressed out, such as during exam time.

Brighter Eyes

Want eyes that sparkle? Don’t let dark circles steal their spotlight. Dark circles often run in families, but they can look even darker if you aren’t getting enough shut-eye. To disguise them, apply a light layer of eye cream as a primer. Then dab on and blend in a dot of concealer one to two shades lighter than your skin tone

Even Skin Tone

Pulling an all-nighter can make your skin look more pale or blotchy. Sleep encourages healthy blood flow to your skin. If you wake up with uneven skin, apply foundation. Set it with translucent powder (or green-tinted powder to balance out redness).

You Look “Better”!

Sure, you may feel fine running on fumes, but your friends, family, and coworkers are apt to notice. Researchers in Sweden asked a study group to look at pictures of sleep-starved people vs. ones who’d had eight hours. The well-rested people seemed healthier, less tired — and more attractive.

Outsmart Puffiness

You wake up with puffy eyes because fluid collects around them when your head lies flat on the bed. Solution: Prop your head above your heart at night with a couple of pillows. Still packing bags under your eyes? Apply a cold cloth to the area for a minute or two in the morning.

In addition to the above, there are plenty of health and wellness reasons to get enough hours between the sheets.  Maybe, this is to be added to our to-dos: get an evening routine established and stick to it!  Better days are sure to follow.

Sweet dreams!

~Anushiya

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