5. Better Health
Throughout the day, your skin takes a hit from stressors like pollution and ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. When you sleep, your skin has time to mend itself.
“A good night’s rest allows your blood supply to bring oxygen to cells so they get repaired properly,” says Bruce Katz, MD, a dermatology professor at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Even cuts and bruises heal faster after a good night’s sleep.
5 Sleep-Pretty Tips
- Sleep on your back. Doing so spreads your weight evenly throughout your body.
Over time, if you sleep on your side, it “can promote deepening of lines and wrinkles,” Papantoniou says.
While many people swear that their silk or high-thread count sheets help their skin look younger, “there’s no evidence to prove they make a difference,” Papantoniou says. “If your sheets [do] have a high thread count or are made of silk and you sleep on your face, you’re still creating pressure and increasing wrinkle formation.”
- Loosen up. If you have long hair, don’t go to bed with it in clips, elastics, or braids, which stress follicles and can make your hair thin.
- Moisturize your feet or hands. Slip on a pair of cotton socks so the lotion doesn’t rub off onto your sheets.
- Wash your face before you hit the sheets. “Makeup and a day’s worth of debris from pollution, smoke, and the environment can cause acne breakouts and rosacea flares,” says Rebecca Kazin, MD, a dermatologist in Washington, DC.
- Take it off. Don’t forget to remove eye makeup, since mascara, eye pencil, and eye shadow can flake into your eyes while you sleep, causing irritation or infection.