Getting your beauty sleep is not just a phrase. When a woman doesn’t get enough rest, it shows in her face. Inadequate sleep wreaks havoc on the complexion, with fluid retention causing unsightly bags under bloodshot eyes.
But more importantly, women more so than men, who don’t get enough rest, are at a greater risk of getting heart disease and diabetes. Females need far more sleep than males, yet the average woman gets only six to seven hours of rest each night.
A woman’s body requires rest. Rest and sleep provide an opportunity for the body to cleanse, repair, and rejuvenate on a deep cellular level.
Women’s roles as caregivers cause them to sleep less than men. As a rule, women tend to worry about finances and family relationships before falling off to sleep.
But it may be surprising to know that women are actually grumpier than men when they don’t get enough sleep. Not only might you look scary, but you may act pretty scary too when you deprive yourself of much needed rest and rejuvination.
Doctors have revealed that a good night’s sleep plays a big part in weight control. According to experts, there is a critical link between sleep deprivation and obesity. Americans are sleeping less than ever and are getting bigger than ever.
Indulge yourself in a good night’s sleep for the physical and mental health of you and your family.
Make your sleeping environment as quiet and peaceful as possible. Stop eating for at least two hours before going to bed. This way your body’s energy can be used for healing and rejuvenation rather than digestion. Avoid caffeine or any stressful mental activity in the hours right before bedtime. Try to relax with a good book, some soothing music, enjoyable conversation or meditation instead.
Waking up in a pleasant way is just as important as getting a good night’s sleep. Instead of leaping out of bed prompted by the blaring sound of an alarm, awake to pleasant music or a soothing chime. Take a few minutes to stretch and breathe deeply. You’ve been blessed with another day to empower the beauty in you!
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