I’m sure you’ve used the term beauty sleep once or twice before. You may or may not be a firm believer in it, but you’ve got to know there’s something about beauty sleep that drives people to do believe that getting some shut-eye is a miracle worker. For the average busy woman, beauty sleep is almost mythical. It’s like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow; it’s like the elf on the shelf. It’s the ultimate unicorn for many—it’s simply impossible to come by. If you’re a beauty professional, a mom, a student, or an entrepreneur, you should know exactly what I’m talking about.

Once in a while sleep might come crashing down on you like an unstoppable wave. Most of the time, this happens when you’ve postponed sleep for too long that your body has to force its way upon you, which is never a good thing! That only means you’ve literally pushed your body to exhaustion, and that it’s extremely hungry for rest and relaxation.

the life changing magic of beauty sleep

The Science of Sleep Review

Developing a good relationship with sleep is more than just getting that natural glow when you wake up. Let’s get scientific for a moment here. We all know our bodies need sleep. It’s a fundamental tenet of existence. Many things happen in the body during sleep that just can’t proceed while you’re awake. You might think you’re being unproductive if you’re not crossing off items on your to-do list. But if sleep is nonexistent, especially if you’ve been depriving yourself purposefully, you’ll be unproductive anyway.

During slumber, your brain goes through several cycles of light sleep and slow, deep sleep. Deep sleep is when we’re most rested, and it’s the most restorative stage the body could go through each day. During this time, your brain’s billions upon billions of nerve cells are literally rewiring themselves to make room for more information once you wake up. Without this, you’d only be stressing your brain in order to retain new information. In short, learning and mental processing happens during sleep.

Sleep also sharpens your focus, so you can pay better attention to details. It improves your mood, boosts your immune system, repairs your muscles, and of course, keeps your skin looking bright and renewed. Where beauty is concerned, you’ll have reduced to no dark circles and puffiness around your eyes; your skin and hair will be rejuvenated and healed; your eyes will be clear; your complexion will be better; your overall energy and aura will be attractive.

Sure enough, when you don’t get sleep, you don’t get any of that. So I guess it’s safe to say that any kind of sleep is indeed beauty sleep.

How to Get the Beauty Sleep You Need

Now you should understand just why sleep is never a luxury—it’s a necessity! You need to start thinking of sleep this way. Much like how you can’t go through life without proper food or water, you can’t go through life without proper sleep either.

To begin the journey of having better sleep in your life, you need to change your attitude towards it. You need to start thinking about sleep and actually planning for it! If sleep is irregular for you, try to set a schedule you can realistically follow. Most adults need at least 7 to 8 hour of sleep each night to stay healthy. If you feel you can’t pull that off, work your way towards it. Start with 6 hours each night and work your way towards 7 until you get to 8 hours of sleep each time.

Next, you need to eliminate distractions. It might involve a little bit of sacrifice or training, but going to sleep without electronics will help you big time. That means putting the phone down after a certain hour of night and not picking it back up until the following day. It might also mean skipping the Netflix ritual at times. The beauty of this is that your shows and movies are likely to still be there when you wake up.

In addition, listening to your body’s cues is one of the best ways to deal with sleep deprivation. If you’re feeling tired and sleepy, don’t postpone rest! Succumb to sleep! Let your body fall into the rhythm of sleep naturally. You’ll wake up feeling even more invigorated. The more you do this, the easier it will be to see your body’s natural sleep pattern.

The Magic of Beauty Sleep

So here are three things you can do to get regular beauty sleep: set a sleep schedule, eliminate bedtime distractions, and heed your body’s natural sleep cues. The life- changing magic of beauty sleep is pretty hard to deny once you develop a better attitude towards sleep and once you develop a better sleep habit altogether. Pretty soon, you’ll feel younger; you’ll have more energy; and you’ll even notice yourself smiling and laughing more. You’ll not only feel gorgeous on the inside; you’ll definitely look gorgeous—period. So don’t skimp on your beauty sleep! Get as much of it as possible. Your whole life and your work could change drastically.

How much sleep are you actually getting these days? Is there room for improvement in your sleep habits?