The importance of uninterrupted sleep is vital for skin health.
Yet today’s frenetic pace of life finds many of us tossing and turning in our beds, with thoughts of the day’s events and tomorrow’s to do’s racing through our overactive minds.
And with babies and young children keeping us awake, it’s so difficult to get quality sleep.
We all know that when sleep eludes us, the effects can be all too visible, as confirmed by research published in the BMJ that proved people do indeed need their “beauty sleep”. According to the authors: “Sleep deprived people are perceived as less attractive, less healthy and more tired compared with when they are well rested.”
A good night’s sleep can do wonders for our skin, the reasons for which are best explained by Marie Reynolds, a highly qualified skincare therapist, she comments: “Whilst we slumber, the body increases the production of HGH (Human Growth Hormone) which reinforces the connective tissue, stem cells, collagen and elastin, whilst IL-I (Interluekin I) – a protein that increases white blood cells and supports the ‘repair’ phase as well as the release of HGH, is integral for collagen production.”
A convenient and easy way to help ease the mind from the fretful and repetitive thoughts that keep us from a restful and recuperating night’s sleep can be found in RESCUE Night®, which combines the famous Bach™ Original Flower Essences of Star of Bethlehem, Rock Rose, Cherry Plum, Impatiens and Clematis, with the addition of White Chestnut.
If you have difficulty sleeping here are some tips from Marie Reynolds:
Turn all forms of electrical stimulation off! TVs should not be on in the bedroom it is a place for sleep. Mental stimulation before shuteye will only fuel the analytical mind.
Phones and tablets should be charged and placed in another room outside the bedroom! Let’s be honest, how many of us look at the phone first thing in the morning, last thing at night and if we wake!
Eat a lettuce sandwich! Yes, not only will it hydrate you but the white head of the lettuce is known as ‘Lettuce Opium’ for its sedative effects… make sure you chew slowly!
Drink a warm glass of milk – this really does work! Milk Peptides follow the same neurological pathways as tranquillisers. Milk Peptides help with a restful sleep and also boost cognitive functions during the day.
Conscious of your breathing, lie in bed on your back and be aware of your breathing. Slow it down and control deep, slow inhalations, hold for a second, then exhale slowly and with control.
RESCUE Night is available in a dropper (£7.00), spray (£9.45) or Liquid Melts (£8.45) from Boots, independent pharmacies, health food stores and online at www.amazon.co.uk.
For more information, please visit www.rescueremedy.co.uk.