More and more people are getting themselves best adjustable beds because it promises a good nights sleep. Why not? We all need to have beauty sleep for a healthy body and a beautiful, youthful look.
“Sleep is important in every respect for the recovery function of our body,” says Richard Rohrer, neurologist at the Center for Sleep Medicine. “Those who sleep too little suffer more from concentration disorders during the day, for example.”
Sleep rejuvenates the skin
Everyone knows the superficial consequences of lack of sleep: pale and dry skin, circles under the eyes – the look in the mirror is often sobering after a night that is too short. “During sleep, a growth hormone is released that ensures that our skin can regenerate,” explains Jürgen Zulley, sleep researcher at the University of Regensburg. “If we sleep too little or the deep sleep phase, which is most important for the release of the hormone, is disturbed, this is immediately noticeable. The skin becomes thinner and wrinkles form.”
And therefore, from a cosmetic point of view, precautions can be taken to ensure optimal regeneration of the skin – and thus a perfect beauty sleep. “At night you use a different skin cream than during the day,” says beautician Gabriele Bergmann from the German Beauty and Wellness Farm Association in Bad Kissingen. “During the day, our skin needs protection from UV rays, dirt and other environmental factors. At night, when the skin recovers, regenerative agents such as ribonucleic acid come into play. ”
Not all creams are the same, they have to be based on the relevant needs. According to the expert, it is important to remove make-up residues from the skin before going to bed: “If you do not remove make-up thoroughly and clean the skin, the pores clog. The sebum flow is not assured. The result: pimples and blemished skin. However, lack of sleep also affects appearance in other ways: It can even cause obesity. In contrast, when you sleep, you don’t feel hungry. A hormone also takes care of that. “This makes it possible to last ten hours without going to the refrigerator,” says Zulley.
Everyone needs a different amount of sleep
Seven to eight hours is the average. But there are also short
sleepers who get by with five or six hours, and late sleepers who need up to ten hours. The experts do not share the assumption that you sleep less in old age: “The amount of sleep you need does not change,” explains Rohrer. “Older people sleep more often during the day, which, for example, working people cannot. That’s why they don’t need so many hours at night. ”Sleep is also no longer so deep in old age.
It’s easy to test whether you get enough sleep: “If I feel fit and productive during the day, I’ve had enough sleep at night,” says Zulley. A midday low is normal, however, and a small nap is allowed.
Sleep restfully in a quiet sleeping environment and in a comfortable bed
If you want to sleep restfully, you need a quiet sleeping environment and a comfortable bed. “The more I am disturbed, the more restless my sleep,” says Rohrer. Ideally, for example, no clock is visible or audible. The room should have a cool, but not too cold temperature and be light-insulated. A snoring partner is also a disruptive factor.
“You should only go to bed when you are exhausted,” says Rohrer. In order to optimally prepare the body for sleep, one should, if possible, no longer ponder problems in the evening, but only practice relaxing activities, such as reading a book or watching TV – so that the body can relax. If you do sports too late, your body is heated up. Falling asleep can then be difficult. Exercise itself, however, promotes restful sleep. Lightly trained people sleep better. Even those who eat early in the evening sleep better. Eating keeps our digestive tract awake. In addition, drinks containing caffeine should be avoided after 5 p.m. if possible.