Yes, Beauty Sleep is Real [the amazing skin benefits of sleep you need to know]

Yes, Beauty Sleep is Real [the amazing skin benefits of sleep you need to know]

Let’s dig deeper into one of the most fundamental actions to prevent wrinkles and other signs of skin aging. And that is Beauty Sleep. Because without exaggeration, the benefits of sleep are some of the most powerful ones for a younger-looking face. And there is no cream or serum in the world that can achieve what a good night’s sleep can. 

Getting your beauty sleep is, therefore, one of the simplest and cheapest things you can do to get smoother, firmer, and healthier skin. Still, I know that indulging in sleep benefits can be a struggle for many people. Due to the stressful everyday life that we all have. 

This post will explain why you need to prioritize your beauty sleep in order to prevent, and even (to some degree) reverse aging of your skin. You will also learn how much sleep you really need to achieve all the benefits of sleep. And what to do if you are having difficulties to get those number of hours you need.

I will also give you a list of actions to implement in order to improve the sleep benefits as much as possible. And lastly, I’ll give you some tips on supplements and sleep gadgets that might be worth investing in. 

This is what I’ll cover. And as usual, you can jump straight to any part of the post by clicking on the headlines below:

What are the skin benefits of sleep  

When you sleep is when your skin gets a chance to recover and rejuvenate. Just as the rest of the body recovers from stress, so does the largest organ of your entire body. The skin. Not getting enough sleep will affect your skin in so many ways, which I will explain in this section. 

Why beauty sleep matters - the skin benefits of sleep
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Beauty sleep will preserve collagen and elastin, giving you smoother and firmer skin

Quality sleep allows your skin to repair and prevent accumulated damage from stress.

Without enough sleep, you’ll instead get high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Which has the dreaded side effect of breaking down collagen and elastin.

And since these are the proteins that give your skin structure and elasticity, you can imagine how important sleep is in order to keep the skin smooth and firm.

Beauty sleep will give you a more hydrated skin

With too much cortisol circulating in your body you can also experience a reduction of hyaluronic acid in your skin. What that means is that your skin will feel more dry and limp.

With proper sleep, you will reduce the cortisol and have more hydrated and plumped skin from within. 

Beauty sleep and acne control

There is a strong correlation between poor sleep and acne. And that is because (again) a lack of sleep increases cortisol levels, which in turn will promote inflammation and weaken your immune system. And this will promote acne. Especially when combined with poor diet and/or hormonal fluctuations.

So if you’re prone to acne, definitely make sure to prioritize your sleep.

The excess of cortisol and inflammation that a lack of sleep brings on, will also contribute to other skin problems such as eczema. The sleep benefits are endless when it comes to problematic skin. 

Beauty sleep and prevention of glycation

Insufficient sleep affects the body’s ability to regulate and metabolize glucose, which will put you at risk for high blood sugar. And high blood sugar will, in turn, lead to a process called glycation that will increase the breakdown of collagen and elastin even more. Causing wrinkles and sagging. 

Human growth hormones and beauty sleep

One of the greatest benefits of sleep is the effect it has on our natural HGH secretion. HGH stands for Human growth hormone and is a body produced hormone with many powerful anti-aging properties. Not just for your skin but for your entire body.

Beauty sleep for better Antioxidant defense 

When we are sleep deprived, we also get a decrease in our production of antioxidants. Lack of antioxidants means less power to fight skin damage from the sun, pollution, and other harmful stress factors. And the antioxidants that are body-produced are the most powerful ones we can get.

So without proper sleep, our skin (along with our other organs) is going to be hurt from all the free radicals that we are exposed to. This will over time lead to more signs of aging.

Beauty sleep for fresh eyes and glowing skin 

With a good night’s sleep, you will have optimal blood circulation, resulting in a natural skin glow.

As mentioned before you will also have a better hydration level in your skin. Which contributes to even more skin glow as well as firmer skin that appears more plumped. 

When it comes to your eyes, the most immediate advantage with a good night’s beauty sleep is that you will get fresher and brighter eyes.

With lack of sleep, you will instead most likely develop dark circles and/or under-eye bags, do to the lack of circulation.

But also, the lack of hyaluronic acid will give you a more saggy appearance under and above the eyes. No eye cream can really help with that to be honest. If you have a lack of sleep you simply need to sleep. 

How much beauty sleep do you need? 

Let’s move over to the critical question, how much sleep you really need. 

Unfortunately, it’s extremely common to be sleep-deprived. And this destructive phenomenon has been rising from the middle of the 80s. Today’s number is that over a third (35,6%) of all Americans are sleep deprived. So how do you know if you are one of them?

Well, optimal sleep for most adult people, ranges between seven and nine hours a night. But it’s important to understand that there is no magic number for what will give YOU the most optimal sleep. You really have to pay attention to your own individual needs and evaluate how you feel and look after different amounts of hours.

How much sleep that is sufficient varies a lot from person to person, but it will also vary across the lifespan. Stressful times, when you have a cold (or other infection), or periods when you are doing a lot of strenuous training, will all increase your sleep requirement.

The sleep foundation recommends you simply ask yourself questions such as are you productive, healthy, and happy during the day? Do you feel sleepy while driving? Do you depend on caffeine to get through the day? These questions must be asked before you can find the number that works for you. 

A fact to be aware of is that around 1 percent of the population are so-called short-sleepers. They only need around 4-6 hours of sleep per night due to their genetics. While most people who sleep that little are heavily sleep-deprived.

So if you happen to feel great and energetic after only 6 hours or less, you probably can consider yourself a short-sleeper (lucky you :)).

Can you catch up on lost sleep benefits?

This is quite a debated subject. But yes, even though there have not been any studies on this specifically for the skin, sleep depth can, in general, be repaired. But you have to distinguish between short term- and long term sleep deprivation. 

The short term sleep deprivation is easier to catch up on. While the sleep depth that has been accumulated over a longer period of time will take much longer to recover from.

If being long term sleep-deprived it can take several months to recover and get back to a natural sleep pattern. And it requires that you allow yourself to sleep the number of hours your body needs (without an alarm clock). As your body recovers you will eventually find the right amount of hours that is healthy for you. 

What to do if you struggle with your beauty sleep?

Let’s start with the simplest and fundamental advice for better sleep and increased sleep benefits.

  • Try to stick to a sleep schedule
  • Exercise daily but not to close to bedtime
  • Make sure you calm down a couple of hours before bedtime
  • Keep your bedroom cool and dark
  • Use earplugs if you are bothered by noise
  • Evaluate your pillow and mattress
  • Do not drink caffeine closer than 8 hours before bedtime
  • Do not drink alcohol closer than a few hours before bedtime. Alcohol can make you fall asleep, but it will not give you the quality sleep you need.
  • Stay away from nicotine, especially before bedtime, since nicotine is a stimulant. Hopefully, you do not smoke. Otherwise, make sure you read my post about how to prevent wrinkles. And learn why smoking is one of the things that age your skin the most. You find the post here.
  • Avoid electronics with blue light before bedtime (smartphones, laptops, tv screens). Or you can do as I do and use blue light filter (see below under gadgets)

The last and most important advice is one I will cite from the sleep foundation:

Make sleep a priority. Don’t make it the thing you do after everything else is done – stop doing other things so you get the sleep you need. 

The Sleep Foundation


I agree with them completely. But I also understand it’s not always achievable. Like if you have a newborn baby. For all parents struggling with their sleep, I recommend this site for some useful information.

Supplements that can help improve your beauty sleep

If you’ve tried the advice above and still struggle to have a restful quality sleep, or maybe you think you sleep enough but still wake up tired every morning. Then I suggest you consider trying some supplements. The ones below can help you enjoy all the benefits of sleep that your skin and body need. 

But since they are powerful, I must also suggest that you consult your doctor in case you have any illnesses or medications that they can conflict with. 

With that said, here are the supplements I recommend you look into. And I’ll start with my favorite one. 

*Please note, this post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission if you purchase through any of those links. It doesn’t cost you any extra and I only recommend products I truly love and use myself. You can read my full disclosure here.

Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA)

Alpha-lipoic acid, also called lipoic acid or ALA, is an antioxidant produced within our bodies and found in small amounts in certain foods. 

This antioxidant has been shown to help with everything from stress resistance to cardiac function, hormonal balance, muscle performance, glucose metabolism, and to slow down aging.  Exactly how might partly be explained by newer research regarding its impact on our circadian rhythm.

One side effect of getting older is that the body’s natural circadian rhythms become more and more disturbed. And the same can happen due to stress overload or illnesses. And this disturbance will express itself with tiredness during daytime, AND difficulties to sleep soundly or regularly at night. 

New research suggests that alpha-lipoic acid may be able to regulate and harmonize our circadian rhythm, and actually be able to reset our biological clock. So the research on alpha-lipoic acid is mildly said extremely exciting when it comes to anti-aging and improvement in overall health. 

I have been taking ALA supplements for a couple of months now, and they have worked wonders for my sleep. I fall asleep much faster and I sleep more deeply. I think my circadian rhythm needed it probably since I have been dealing with a lot of stress over the years. I cannot promise it will help everyone. But It’s definitely a keeper for me!

If you want to try it out yourself, here is the one I am taking right now ( I take 2-3 tablets before bedtime). If you follow that link you will get a 10 % off. Or if you are a returning customer to Iherb already, you will still get 5 % off .

The supplements that give you better beauty sleep
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Glycine

The next supplement I want to mention is Glycine. It’s an amino acid that is body-produced from other amino acids, and also found in protein-rich foods and, of course, as supplements. 

This amino acid has been shown to promote better sleep quality through its calming effects on the brain and its ability to lower core body temperature. It has also been shown that glycine improves performance of memory recognition

You can buy glycine in either capsules or powder, and I personally go with the powder. Just be aware that this amino acid is very very sweet (glycine is actually derived from the Greek word for “sweet”). And you can use it as a natural sweetener if you want to. 

So do I take glycine myself and does it help? Well, yes I’ve recently started to take this powder. But to be honest I haven’t noticed any remarkable differences yet. Probably because I already got helped a lot with the ALA supplement.

BUT, I will continue taking it and will update the post if I have something new to add. And, besides promoting sleep benefits, glycine also happens to be the largest building block in collagen. And even though I think I have a high production of glycerin in my body already, a little extra wouldn’t hurt. 

This is the glycine I order myself. By using that link you’ll get a 10 % off, or 5 % if you are a returning customer to Iherb.

Melatonin

Melatonin is a natural body produced hormone (and an antioxidant as well) that is extremely important in regulating our sleep. In simple words, it’s the hormone that tells the body when to feel tired.

It’s called “the Dracula hormone” since the brain releases melatonin when it’s dark. And therefore, exposure to light (even from computers and smartphones, can suppress the body’s natural melatonin production and disrupt your sleep.  

It seems like supplementing with melatonin will help some types of insomnia, but not for all kinds of sleeping problems. It seems to be especially effective when the insomnia is due to jetlag or shift work. When it comes to other types of insomnia, more research is needed. 

If you are interested in trying melatonin, consult your doctor. 

Magnesium

Magnesium is an important mineral with countless functions and effects on the body. For example, it regulates your nervous system, muscle functions, blood sugar, blood pressure, and it also plays important roles in making protein, bone mass, and DNA

Magnesium also seems to have a positive effect on sleeping problems for some people. By helping to quiet the nervous system, by increasing the neurotransmitter GABA, it can help you relax and prepare for sleep. Magnesium is also a part of the regulation of melatonin. 

You can get magnesium through eating foods like legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, dark chocolate, fruit, and leafy greens. Still, far too many people, especially among the elderly, get insufficient amounts of magnesium, which will lead to sleep problems. 

Always strive for getting plenty of magnesium through the food that you eat. And if you want to try a supplement this link goes to my favorite one. This link will also give you a 10 % discount (5% for returning customers).

What about prescripted sleeping pill?

If you continue to suffer from insomnia or other problems with your sleep, then it might be a good idea to consult your doctor about prescription sleeping pills. 

It’s nothing I recommend unless you’ve really tried everything else. Such as the things discussed above. And maybe even meditation and/or yoga. But if nothing works, definitely seek help. Because sleep deprivation is indeed harmful. Not just for your skin but for your overall health. 

There are non-addictive and safe medications that you can discuss with your doctor. For example, Atarax, an anti-histamine medication (to treat allergies and itching) that has a sedative effect. 

The active ingredient in Atarax is called hydroxyzine, and to date, there are no known problems associated with the long-term use of hydroxyzine.

I have tried Atarax myself, during periods when I have had difficulties to fall asleep due to stress. It worked great for me, but we are all different. Talk to your doctor about what can be the most suitable medication for you depending on your kind of problem. 

Sleep gadgets

Ok so let’s move over to sleep gadgets that might help you with your sleep. There are many products out there, but here I have collected a few that I think are worth mentioning. And that I am using myself. 

*Please note, this post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission if you purchase through any of those links. It doesn’t cost you any extra and I only recommend products I truly love and use myself. You can read my full disclosure here.

Weighted blankets

This is a kind of blanket that applies light and even pressure over your body. The purpose is, first of all, to keep you more still and relaxed when you are in bed. As if you are being gently held.

But this gently applied pressure is also providing many powerful effects that go even deeper. Just as with massage and touch, it is said that weighted blankets increase the hormone oxytocin that has a calming effect, at the same time as it lowers cortisol. 

I have recently tried this weighted blanket from Home Depot. It’s great quality and the material is hypoallergenic too. Which I like since I am allergic to almost everything. If you want to try the same the offer free shipping within the US.

There are many other companies who sell this kind of product and I think most of them are pretty good. If you want to find a more low-budget blanket I recommend this link that goes to the blankets offered by Target.

Blue light filter 

So I mentioned earlier that before bedtime, you should avoid electronics that emit blue light. And that is because blue light will suppress your release of melatonin and make it more difficult to fall asleep. 

Also, blue light happens to be bad for your skin and can increase the formation of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. I mention blue light in my article about sunscreens, so definitely read that one if you haven’t. 

On my smartphone, I use an inbuilt setting that removes the blue light. But if you do not have that function on your phone, you can check out this smartphone filter on Bang Good.

On my laptop, I use an external blue light filter such as this one on Bang Good. An awesome invention! Not just for protecting your eyes and increasing your sleep quality, but at the same time protecting your skin from the harmful radiation.

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Curtains

The last gadget I want to mention is a blackout shade/curtain. A dark bedroom will promote quality sleep and help you sleep more deeply until you are fully rested. 

I recommend you use a solution like this one on Home Depot. They do have many different kinds to choose between, for whatever budget you have. Just make sure it is a shade that won’t permit light to go through the top, the sides, or the bottom of the window. You need is a curtain that blocks all light for coming through.  

Another option is to do what I have done. I have built my own solution using blackout fabric that I place over the window frame. And an elastic band around the frame to keep it in place and to hinder any light from coming through. Super easy, non-expensive, and very effective! I bring it with me everywhere I go and I cannot live without it. 

What about sleep wrinkles?

After talking this much about the beauty sleep benefits, I know some of you may worry about sleep wrinkles. Those wrinkles that can form in our face after sleeping on our stomach or on our side. And that over the years actually can become permanent. What can we do to prevent that? 

If you’ve read the post so far you know how important your beauty sleep is for anti-aging, so sleeping less is definitely not the answer.

On the opposite. The benefits of sleep will help make your skin more elastic and able to resist the formation of wrinkles. Together with a good sunscreen and healthy diet. 

But besides that, my best suggestion is simply to sleep on your back. No matter how hard it can be to change that habit. Just do it! I did it myself, so I now rarely sleep on my side. It’s hard I must say, but it is definitely worth it, and a comfortable pillow is key.

I have tried many pillows (I actually tested plenty of them for many years time) but none of them made me sleep comfortably on my back. What I then discovered was that a regular IKEA pillow was what I needed. And now I fall asleep on my back, and wake up in the same position, for at least 90 percent of the time. Which I think is great!

I believe finding the right pillow is very personal. So I am not going to give any recommendations. But I do encourage you to keep trying until you find the one that will help you sleep on your back. In the long run, your face will be grateful. 

Summary

Your beauty sleep is one of the most important measures for healthy and youthful skin. And there are no skincare products or tips and tricks that can achieve the skin benefits of sleep. Especially not when it comes to anti aging.

Here is a short summary of the beauty sleep benefits that you will enjoy if allowing yourself to sleep the hours you need. 

  • Beauty sleep prevents loss of collagen and elastin, keeping your skin firmer and smoother for longer.
  • It will also keep your skin more hydrated and plumped, and increase circulation for a natural and healthy glow.
  • Beauty sleep will also increase the release of natural human growth hormones, which has many powerful anti-aging effects on your skin and body. 
  • Finally, beauty sleep fights inflammation and acne and will boost your natural antioxidant defense. Protecting you against environmentally aging factors such as sunrays and pollution.

And here are the tips of what to try if you are struggling with your sleep.

  • Keep your bedroom dark, cool, and quiet. Try stick with a sleeping schedule, and avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine several hours before bedtime. Also, avoid electronics that emit blue light before bedtime. 
  • If you want to try a supplement I personally recommend ALA, Glycine, and Magnesium (my links will give you 10 % off). And in some cases, melatonin can be e great help too. Discuss with your doctor.
  • The final advice is to sleep on your back, to avoid sleep wrinkles that can form over time if you sleep on your side or stomach. 

I hope you’ve found this article helpful. I really enjoyed writing it since I know from own experience what an incredible effect beauty sleep has on the skin’s ability to heal and rejuvenate. Both short term and long term.

I fully understand though, if you feel that prioritizing sleep seems quite difficult. Because it is! We are all chasing time and there is so much we want to experience and achieve during our time awake. Work, career, family, hobbies, friends, etc. So a “simple” way to gain more hours is to cut down on our sleep. Unfortunately, that will also affect your health and your skin in a very negative way.

Instead of thinking that fewer hours in bed will give you more time per day. You should rather consider the fact that fewer hours in bed will give you a day with less quality. Your brain will not function at its best. Your mood will not be your best. And your looks will for sure not be at its best either (it is called beauty sleep for a reason).

Let sleep be a priority and you will not just be happier and more productive throughout the day. You will also be your most beautiful you!

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or thoughts. Either it’s about sleep in general, or the skin benefits of sleep in particular. I would love to hear from you and help out if I can. 

Until next time, love your skin!! 



This Post Has 48 Comments

  1. Alice

    Wow! I just discovered your website and I’m amazed by the content quality and your care for details. I also see you have amazing skin which is better than mine and I’m only 24. Been struggling with cystic acne and scars since 11. I had very bad habits as a young teenager (many years of heavily smoking and very poor lifestyle choices in general) which affected my skin and overall health. I can only wish I’ll look as good as you when I get in my 40s. However, I started to develop an interest in skincare and healthcare since I gave up on smoking in July 2019 and this website is very inspiring. I would really like to know your opinion on Retin-a and I feel like a post dedicated to this subject would help be really helpful.

    All the best,
    Alice

    1. Ann

      Thank you so much Alice! And congratulations on giving up smoking and poor lifestyle! 😀
      I am working on a series of posts about the skincare products I use. And one of them will be about retinol and Retin-A 🙂 Because indeed these are great ingredients to use when it comes to anti-aging. Retin-A is too strong for me personally, but after many years of searching for a retinol product I actually could tolerate, I did find one 🙂 Just 6 months ago. Stay tuned for the coming blog posts 🙂

  2. Angella

    As I am entering my 38th birthday today, your post is a good reminder to take care of my skin better & get more sleep. I am all into self-care & wellness myself but sleeping at a regular time is always a struggle between me & my husband. These are great tips & will definitely keep in mind starting tonight!

    1. Ann

      Thank you Angella, and glad to help 🙂

  3. Life Mag

    Nice article! This is very helpful for maintaining a beautiful healhy and glowing skin. Getting plenty if quality if sleep is very important not only for the skin but also for the wellness of other organs in our system. For me, I always make sure I get 8 hours of deep sleep at night. Next time, I will try the supplements you have suggested. I think it’s great!

    1. Ann

      Glad to hear that! 😀 And thank you!!

  4. Cara Berkeley

    Great post! I seem to have no problem getting in 8 hours every night lol!

    1. Ann

      Thank you Cara, and glad to hear that! 😀

  5. Grace

    Such an important blog post! Thank you so much. I definitely need to sleep more 🙂

    1. Ann

      Thank you so much Grace 🙂

  6. Sarah

    I know I have already commented, but I will comment again and say that your skin looks amazing. You should do a blog post sharing your secrets.

    1. Ann

      Thank you so much for those kind words, Sarah! And yes, that is what my blog is all about 😀 But the next blog posts will be about the products I use, even though that is just a part of the puzzle 🙂

  7. Nicole

    Sleep comes easy for me but I’m hypothyroid, I was sleeping to much til I got my meds now I don’t feel like I have to sleep all the time. My husband has a hard time sleeping though!

    1. Ann

      Glad you got the medication you need. And hope you can share some tips from this article to your husband 🙂

  8. Olivia

    Omg I love this post and will definitely share because I literally tell everyone around me that sleep is so important! This is confirmation girl…🙌🏾🙌🏾

    1. Ann

      Thank you so much Olivia! And glad to know you are sharing the importance of sleep! 😀

  9. Nipa

    Hi Ann, this was such an informative post! I take magnesium before bed and it helps me relax and sleep, but I hadn’t heard of many of the other supplements you recommended. I’ve also heard that tart cherry juice helps with sleep (and inflammation). Have you ever tried that?

    1. Ann

      Thank you Nipa 🙂 About tart cherry juice I have just ordered it so I can try it out 😀 It is probably worth adding to this post so I will update it once I have tried it myself 🙂 It actually has natural melatonin and also nutrients that enhance the effect of melatonin. So it has been shown in studies to have an effect. Will try it as soon as I get it!

  10. I knew sleep was incredibly important but I did not realise how important it was for our skin, awesome post! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Ann

      You’re very welcome 😀

  11. Sarah

    This is such an incredibly useful blog post. Sleep is so essential in life. Our skin is our largest organ and it is very important to protect it at all times. Considering the face is the first thing we tend to notice when we interact with someone. I love the fact that you mentioned the blue light. I use the red light device and have found that it works for my skin. I also sleep on copper pillow cases and utilize a special beauty sleep pillow by Juverest which helps me immensely. Sleep is so important and I cannot say this enough. Wonderful blog post.

    1. Ann

      Thank you Sarah! So glad to hear that! 😀 Will check out the pillow!

  12. Jody

    I had no idea there was so much behind the old saying of beauty sleep! Very interesting information here!

    1. Ann

      Thank you so much Jody! 🙂

  13. Breanne

    This is such an informative post! I knew that sleep was the root of everything, but I didn’t know it ran this deep with skin health. I’ll have to give those supplements a try!

    1. Ann

      Thank you Breanne! Glad to help out! 🙂

    1. Ann

      Oh thank you so much Katlyn! 🙂

    1. Ann

      Thank you so much! 😀

  14. Valentina

    I feel like people often forget how important sleep is, for both your health and your skin.
    I love this post so much. It’s so detailed and full of helpful information about sleep. I learnt so much from reading this so thank you! xx

    1. Ann

      Thank you Valentina! Glad to hear and glad to help! 😀

    1. Ann

      Thank you Jitendra 🙂

  15. Jennifer Maune

    So much great information! I fully believe that beauty sleep is important. It’s crazy how common sleep deprivation is nowadays!

    -Jennifer

    1. Ann

      Thank you so much Jennifer! And I agree, it’s crazy..

  16. Cindy

    Excellent suggestions! I tend to be a little light on number of hours slept. I’m working on getting to bed earlier. I’d like to try a weighted blanket!

    1. Ann

      Thank you Cindy! And glad to hear you are working on it 😀 You will love the weighted blanket I’m sure. And remember they have a 30 days guarantee just in case you wouldn’t 🙂

  17. Athena Ng

    Glycine helps improving my skin condition on many levels! Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. Ann

      You’re welcome Athena! And glad to hear that you have seen great results from taking Glycine! 😀 I will definitely continue taking it 🙂

  18. Jojo Reyes Jr

    These are awesome tips regarding the benefits of sleep. Thank you for sharing this. BTW, you look young for your age and I can tell you’re actually doing these tips yourself 🙂

    1. Ann

      Thank you so much Jojo! Glad to help! And yes, indeed I follow all my tips 🙂

  19. This is a great article. I have found it a challenge getting enough sleep because in the later hours of the day the house is quiet and that’s when I feel like I have a moment of peach to do things for myself such as reading or research on the computer. So yes no electronics before going to bed is a challenge for me at times. I have to say I did get some darkening curtains that help. I started taking magnesium for other health purposes a month ago. I just read recently that a lot of the supplements we purchase in pill form don’t get absorbed throughout our body which was disheartening.

    1. Ann

      Thank you so much Anji! And I hear you about electronics. It is the same for me so that is why I got blue light filters 🙂 Highly recommend them!

      About supplements and uptake I am glad you brought it up. And I can ensure you that the ones I recommend in my articles are ones that will be absorbed and be helpful. But it sure is a jungle out there and some supplements can even be harmful, while other’s can do wonders.

      About your magnesium I do not know what brand or dose you are taking, but I would say in general most magnesium supplements are pretty alright. The one I recommend have a higher uptake if you want to check it out. But also feel free to ask me about the brand you are using 🙂

    1. Ann

      You’re welcome 🙂

  20. Lisa

    Yes, getting enough sleep is so important. I don’t know what I would do without our room-darkening shades! I fall asleep quickly, but can’t seem to sleep beyond 6 hours, ever. Maybe I am a short sleeper? I never needed naps as a small child. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Ann

      You’re welcome Lisa! And yes, room darkening shades are a must! 😀

      Glad to hear you fall asleep quickly 🙂 And yes it does sound like you are part of the 1 percent short-sleeper. Lucky you! 😀

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