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At night, your skin is less exposed to external aggressions. It therefore takes advantage of this peace to put in place a process of regeneration. Therefore during these few short hours you produce new skin:
- You perspire more, which is a good thing ! This water does not evaporate as quickly as in the daytime, which contributes to good hydration of your skin.
- Your cells renew themselves super-fast, with a peak at around one o’clock in the morning.
- Micro-circulation is increased, especially between 11pm and 4’ o clock in the morning which enables the skin cells to receive more oxygen and nutrients. The result: your complexionis far more radiant when you wake up.
- The production of collagen and elastin increases thanks to the peaks of growth hormone secreted at the start of the night. Skin regains its firmness and suppleness .
You can therefore see why it is so important to sleep well: only under these conditions can the skin be given what it needs to stay young and beautiful through the years.
Keep regular hours
The number of hours of sleep that each person needs to be rested varies according to the individual, by around one hour or two. Even for the same individual, it tends to diminish as they age. Discover the sleep rhythm that suits you best, for example by keeping a sleep diary where you note down your hours of going to bed and sleep (approximately, of course), any instances of insomnia and ultimately your wellness and mood when you get up. When you have discovered the time at which the sandman passes by for you and how many hours of sleep you need, do your best to stick to this rhythm.
Pay attention to your surroundings
If you have a bad back when you wake up, it is probably time to change your mattress! By the same token, the temperature of the room in which you sleep also plays a role in your sleep. That should ideally remain at around 19°C. So, resist the temptation to turn up the thermostat for your central heating above that temperature in winter: coolness aids sleep, whilst heat has the tendency to restart the body’s activities. Finally, it is great to turn off all screens (television, tablets, smartphones…) before going to bed, because they emit a light that blocks the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone.
Get into conditions
A good sleep is prepared… throughout the whole day. Get some fresh air, do some sport (before 7pm) reduce or rather stop drinking coffee and tea after 2pm, opt for light dinners, leave arguments and stressful or heated discussions for the next day – these are all habits to adopt to help you prepare for a good night.
If you suffer from sleep problems, be aware that a banana, a square of chocolate or a dairy product at 5pm will help you. These foods contain tryptophan, an essential amino acid which our body cannot produce by itself. Within the body, tryptophan is transformed into serotonin (a neurotransmitter) then into melatonin, the famous sleep hormone.
Finally, each of these practices can help prepare for a good night. A good bath and a good book, or some gentle music and a little lavender essential oil on the pillow and sweet dreams are guaranteed!