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Beauty Sleep is Real, and Trust Me You Want It!

When Ellie Porter from the Sleep Help Institute contacted The Little White Wedding Guide to discuss the relationship between sleep and weddings, I realised it was something I had never even thought of before. When it comes to wedding, brides think about flowers, dresses, food, make up all these details that of course equate to an amazing wedding. But HELLO! What about sleep? It isn't just about avoiding being a cranky bride or lasting the long tiring day and night (but that is also so important) ahead of you. It is about how to make sure your face and your body is ready for the biggest day of your life. Every bride wants glowing skin on their wedding day and the correlation between sleep and beauty is right under your nose (and this paragraph - so keep reading). 

What a bride and groom probably do not factor in are the nerves, the excitement and the stress that can leave you tossing and turning night after night in the wedding planning process and the night before the wedding. So what affect is this having on acheiving that gloqing complexion you envision having on your wedding day and how can you ensure that you are getting your beauty sleep. Keep reading and find out! 

Sayings are often rooted in truth, and the fact is beauty sleep is real, and you can’t afford to skip it. The excitement (and stress) of wedding planning can make rest seem like a luxury, but it’s important to remember that it’s a biological necessity. Getting a full seven to eight hours of sleep will help your skin radiate your inner beauty will making sure you’re physically and emotionally at your best.

More Sleep Equals Healthy Skin

Health is far more critical than beauty so let’s start by comparing the skin health of those who get enough sleep to those who don’t. Scientists at University Hospitals Case Medical Center conducted a study to test the connection between sleep deprivation and skin health/aging. The study involved 60 participants, half of which consistently got less than seven hours of sleep per night. Using different skin tests such as UV light exposure and skin barrier disruption, researchers found that those who slept less than seven hours showed more signs of skin aging such as:

 

  • fine lines

  • uneven pigmentation

  • slackening of skin

  • less elasticity

 

Those who got high-quality sleep recovered 30 percent faster from inflammation or redness suffered from sun damage. Turns out that the health of your skin is more than skin deep.

 

Sometimes It’s About Appearance

On your wedding day, you really do want to look your best. Not only is your skin healthier when you’re well rested, its perceived to look better. In a 2010 study conducted in a sleep laboratory in Sweden, participants were photographed both after having a full eight hours of sleep and after being awake for thirty-one hours. Findings showed that sleep-deprived people are perceived to be less healthy and attractive while appearing more tired.

 

Many people are trying to tone up or slim down for their wedding. Lack of sleep can affect your appetite and metabolism. Without adequate rest, the body produces more of the hunger hormone, ghrelin, and less of the satiety hormone, leptin, which leaves you feeling hungrier. When you’re tired your body also craves high-fat, sugary foods. Sleep deprivation puts you on a path toward extra inches around your waist.

Plan for Better Sleep

While it’s natural to have a few sleepless nights before your wedding, you can create a sleep-promoting environment while building good sleep habits into your daily routine. The environment in which you sleep can make a difference in the quantity and quality of your sleep. Your mattress should be comfortable and supportive of your preferred sleep position – back, stomach, side. If yours doesn't feel right for you, there are cost-effective mattress options online. Turn down the thermostat and close the curtains to make your bedroom dark, cool, and quiet, which promotes the onset of sleep.

 

A few sleep-enhancing habits to start well in advance of your wedding include:

 

  • Consistent Bed and Wake-Up Time: Your body relies on 24-hour cycles to time the release of sleep hormones. A consistent bed and wake-up time lets your body adjust to your schedule and automatically release hormones at the right time each day.

  • Bedtime Routine: If you have trouble falling asleep, a relaxing bedtime routine helps relieve stress while triggering the release of sleep hormones. Anything that makes you feel relaxed and calm will work as part of a bedtime routine.

  • Turn Off Electronic Devices: Many modern devices give off a bright blue light that suppresses sleep hormones. Looking at your phone before bed may delay your sleep! Some devices have a low light setting to reduce exposure while others you’ll need to turn off at least two to three hours before bed to prevent a delay in the onset of sleep.

Ellie Porter

The Sleep Institute, USA

Holly Lincoln-Smith