Gorgeous Asian actress Gong Li swears by getting a full night’s sleep for beautiful skin. Celebrities from all around the world make getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night a top priority in order to look young, healthy, and ready to take on the world- and their fans.
How can you get celebrity-quality beauty sleep? Follow the tips below!
1. Eliminate distractions
You’re not going to get your beauty sleep if your friends, crush, or boyfriend is texting you into the wee hours of the night. Turn your cell phone off at the same time every evening. They’ll get the hint. Shut down your computer, close windows, turn the music off. You want to sleep deeply, not constantly be interrupted throughout the night.
2. Limit caffeine and sugar intake
This should be an obvious one, but some people need to hear it. If you are having trouble sleeping, evaluate the amount of caffeine you are having in the day. Caffeine is present in full-force in coffee, tea, and soda, but it can also sneak up on you in foods like chocolate or gum. Sugar will also keep you hyper and up at night, so if you are going to drink warm milk before bed, don’t dump loads of sugar in it.
3. Set regular hours
Try and go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Your body likes to work in cycles, and it will appreciate your giving it a chance to do so with sleep. And remember: early to bed, early to rise, makes a (wo)man healthy, wealthy, and wise! You won’t see celebs making a habit of rolling out of bed at 1 p.m… they’ve got things to do and people to meet- and so should you!
4. Try natural sleep aids
Humans are not meant to be taking sleeping pills for falling asleep. If you are resorting to this, try honoring the three steps above. If you want more help, some natural beauty sleep aids include: hot or warm milk (tryptophan induces sleepiness), nutmeg (add this to your hot milk and feel the zzz’s come on quick), and lavender esssential oil. Get a small bottle of quality lavender essential oil and put a drop on your pillow before sleeping. The relaxing, sleep-inducing scent will drift you away on fragrant clouds…
5. Sleep on your back
Unless you have health reasons that permit you from doing so, try sleeping on your back to prevent wrinkles. Sleeping on your side or stomach can pull and tug at your skin in awkward angles, causing the skin to stretch and wrinkle. Sleeping on your back allows your face to fall in a natural, relaxed way. This technique also prevents you from rubbing your night cream off on your sheets!
6. Use a silk pillowcase
Celebrities love to use silk pillowcases to protect their hair from tugging and breaking. The silk causes less pulling damage to your hair than cotton pillowcases, and feels cool and lush against your skin.
Getting a good night’s sleep every night takes commitment, but is well worth the results! If sleep advice isn’t cutting it, take a look at your diet and exercise. Are you eating well and exercising regularly? Lifestyle choices go a long way in determining your quality of sleep… and your quality of life!