We’d love to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy 2015.
January is a great chance to take stock and set some goals for the year ahead. We bet, like us, that you’ve got a few things on your New Year’s resolution list already – exercise more, eat healthier, have more fun? Same as last year we wonder?
Well, this year, we have a fresh suggestion for something that could make a massive difference to how well you look and feel in one fell swoop:
Make 2015 the year you invest in getting more out of every night’s sleep.
As you might have noticed, the world is waking up to the importance of sleep. No wonder. There have been a whole host of studies done and they all conclude the same thing: Good sleep is an essential ingredient to a healthy life.
Here are four reasons why sleep matters so much:
Poor sleep changes how we look:
Beauty sleep isn’t a myth. A rubbish night’s kip leads to tired looking eyes, dull looking skin and if sustained, has been linked to skin ageing. As skin repairs itself overnight, that’s when it needs to be fed nutrients that cells need to nourish themselves. Sleep is the natural down time that allows your skin cells time to focus on regeneration and repair.
Poor sleep changes how we think:
Research shows that poor sleep can limit memory and reduce our ability to concentrate. Sleep is a chance for our brain to reboot and have a bit of a memory sort out helping make sense of everything that’s happened in the day. Interrupted sleep messes with this process and even one night without good quality zzzz’s can zap our focus the next day.
Poor sleep changes how we feel:
Insufficient sleep makes us more likely to crave unhealthy food the next day and can make us want to eat more. Left unchecked, this can lead to poor diet and weight gain. Poor sleep has also been shown to change how we react to situations and make us overly emotional. Next time you feel tetchy or out of sorts for no clear reason – just have a think as to how well you slept the night before.
Poor sleep ruins our health:
Studies have shown that inadequate amounts of sleep can increase likelihood of serious illness, including the biggies such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Cell repair and renewal mostly happens while we are sleeping, so some of this is thought to be a direct effect of interfering with our body’s natural recovery processes.
So, we invite you to make 2015 the Year of the Big Sleep.
Here’s where we’d start – just put a little bit of time aside at the end of every day to get yourself in to sleep mode by calming down your mind and giving your skin the nourishment it needs to renew itself overnight. Think of it as your night-time wellness routine.
Of course, we’d love to help. Our After Dark Bath and Face oils are all about creating a relaxing bedtime routine that helps you helping you sleep more beautifully. Here are our tips for getting the most out of that experience:
Here’s to three hundred and sixty five nights of beautiful sleep in 2015. May all your dreams come true this year.
With love from the team at Kiss the Moon