Anyone thinking about resolutions right now? You know, the quitting-smoking, getting-fit, saving-money, improving-punctuality kind? What about beauty resolutions? I know, they seem a bit frivolous next to efforts to better health and finances, but any habit change that makes us feel more confident is a good thing. Not frivolous at all. And probably easier to check off your success list than a couple of those biggies.
I don’t usually make resolutions, but this year I have. And it’s kind of a biggie, actually. I need to sleep more. I average about four, maybe five hours a night; I’m now aiming for seven or eight hours. And if you’ve been regularly skimping on sleep like I have, perhaps my reasons for making this resolution will strike a chord with you, too:
1) A good night’s sleep helps the brain function more efficiently. (“Well, duh,” says Staff. Always so helpful.)
2) Sleep keeps cortisol under control. That’s the stress hormone that demands comfort food in an attempt to sedate a body in need of the snooze time it isn’t getting. My cortisol likes junky carbs, wings and pizza, knows the number for Pizza Pizza, and is no friend of Jenny Craig. Oops. With better sleep, better food choices will be easier — I won’t be cortisol’s bitch.
3) More sleep should yield enough energy for working out. A regular exercise schedule is tricky at the best of times for most of us. It’s an impossibility for the chronically sleep deficient.
4) Sleep really is recovery time for the body and definitely for skin. At my age, a nightly eight hours of sleep can replace the hydrating face mask + face mist + hydrating serum x 2 + hydrating moisturizer + BB cream + concealer + tinted cheek balm + shimmery champagne eye pencil I have to use to fake a rested complexion and bright eyes.
5) Good sleep and good mood often go hand in hand. Lucky for Staff I’m almost never cantankerous. But of course the possibility of short temper increases somewhat with a sleep shortage. As well, crankiness from a usually pathalogically patient person is a bit of a shock for most people, including the usually patient person herself.
In addition to the above, according to an 2010 experiment carried out at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, proper sleep really does make you look more attractive to others. That’s a nice self-confidence boost. Seems like sleep is the gift that keeps on giving.
Changing my sleeping habits is going to be a process — I can’t suddenly up and go to bed at, say, 10 pm. But that’s material for another story.
How much sleep do you get per night? Have you made any resolutions, beauty or otherwise?