Social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus has altered our daily routine. Many people are reporting having problems sleeping at night. It’s no surprise during these stressful times that our sleep would be affected. Sleep has a big effect on the immune system and the skin. Not only is a lack of sleep cause the more commonly known side effects like weight gain and depression, but it’s also associated with keeping our skin healthy and boosting our immunity.
The quality and length of sleep we get every night ultimately recharge the body and rejuvenates the skin. The more sleep-deprived we are the lower our immune system will be to fight off viruses. Not only does our body recharge with good sleep, but our skin also does as well. During sleep, we heal, rejuvenate the skin, restore health, eliminate toxins from the skin and recharge our immune system. In addition, infection-fighting antibodies and T cells are reduced during periods when you don’t get enough sleep. If our sleep is compromised so is our body’s ability to carry out these essential immune functions. Therefore getting enough sleep is very important as it also contributes to anti-aging and ultimately boosts the immune system to help fight off viruses. Experts say we should get at least 7-8 hours per night. Simply not getting enough sleep can do things such as:
- Deprive your brain, body, and skin of nourishment.
- Dehydrate complexion
- Cause dark circles and under-eye bags
- Lower immune system and the killer T cells that fight off viruses
- Cause anxiety and depression
Here are 10 ways to get your Beauty Sleep while boosting your immunity
1. Have a consistent bedtime and wakeup time.
2. Avoid alcohol and caffeine late at night.
3. Turn off your devices and avoid the news before bed.
4. Wear a sleep mask to block out light.
5. Wear socks to keep your feet warm.
6. Mediate and think of things that you are grateful for and that would put you in a positive, relaxed mood.
7. Listen to calming music that relaxes your mind.
8. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow before bedtime.
9. Massage your forehead with a CBD oil to relax the tension in your facial muscles and help you sleep.
10. Avoid eating large meals 90 minutes before bedtime. Eat one of these foods if you are hungry before bed: Almonds, almond butter, bananas, spinach, sweet potatoes, cherries, tart cherry juice, chamomile tea, valerian tea.