Beauty sleep isn’t just an old wives’ tale: research tells us that getting enough sleep can make you look more attractive. That means it’s especially important to get a full night of rest before your wedding.
Well Rested People Look More Attractive
In an experimental Swedish study, participants were photographed after a normal night’s sleep, and again after sleep deprivation. The photographs were presented in randomized order and rated by observers. In the study, sleep deprived people were rated as less attractive, less healthy, and more attractive than with a normal night’s sleep.
Aging and Sleep Deprivation
In a clinical trial, scientists studied the impact of sleep quality on skin function and aging. The study indicated that people who sleep poorly have increased signs of skin aging and recover more slowly from environmental stressors such as exposure to UV rays.
How to Get Your Beauty Sleep
If you want to look your best on your wedding day, and give your skin the support it needs to age gracefully, it’s important that you get a good night’s sleep every night. Practice healthy sleep habits and get the rest you need to look and feel your best with these tips:
Reduce stress. It’s normal to feel a little stressed when you’re planning a wedding, but don’t let it interfere with your sleep. If you’re feeling stressed before bed, take care to reduce your stress with relaxation techniques. Consider using yoga, meditation, mindful breathing, and aromatherapy. If you’re having anxious thoughts that keep you up at night, use a journal and write them down so you can let them go for the night and remember to take care of them the next day.
Sleep on your back. When you sleep on your back, you can get the benefit of gravity. Sleeping on your side or stomach can cause friction on your facial skin and you may wake up with pillow marks or wrinkles.
Prioritize sleep. Making sleep a priority means scheduling activities around sleep, not the other way around. Plan on resting for at least eight hours each night and design your daily schedule around when you need to wake up in the morning. Resist the temptation to stay up late obsessing over wedding details or working on DIY projects. Ask for help and outsource tasks to family and friends so it’s not all falling on you.
Practice healthy sleep habits. You should maintain a regular sleep schedule and bedtime routine, which can make it easier to feel sleepy and get to bed at the same time each night. Be careful of pitfalls that can interfere with healthy sleep, such as drinking coffee late at night, heavy meals before bed, and vigorous exercise late in the evening. These activities can leave you feeling too energized to get to sleep on time.
Make sure your bedroom is a comfortable place to sleep. Your mattress should be supportive and meet your needs for comfort. Remember, your bed should only be used for sleep and sex. Choose soft, breathable sheets and bedding. Paint your walls a light, neutral color so you feel relaxed and calm — blue is the best color for sleep. Block out distracting light and sound with blackout curtains, a fan, or white noise machine so it will be easier to sleep at night.