Is your bedroom dark enough for a good night’s sleep?
You already know how important it is to get your beauty sleep, but you may be overlooking one important detail that will really help you get in your zzz’s and allow your skin to properly repair itself at night: how dark your bedroom is.
Maximize the melatonin
Melatonin, a hormone secreted by the pineal gland is a broad-spectrum antioxidant that fights free radicals and reaches peak levels at night. If you want your skin to be as glowing and radiant as possible and even slow down aging, then make your room pitch black - the darker your room is, the more melatonin your body will produce, and the better you’ll sleep and feel. Here’s how to do it:
Ban electronics: One hour before bedtime (or at least a half an hour – we get it, watching Game of Thrones late at night can be addicting sometimes) turn off all of your electronic devices and store them outside of the bedroom to create a true sleep sanctuary. The blue light that’s emitted from the devices keeps the brain stimulated and can suppress the natural production and release of melatonin – thus making it harder to drift off to dreamland and actually stay asleep.
Block out urban lighting: A recent study has revealed that street lights can keep you from sleeping soundly. Light pollution can disrupt sleep, causing you to wake often in the middle of the night and sleep fewer hours. Invest in some blackout shades to block it out – otherwise a nice comfy sleep mask will do the job just fine, however just remember to wash it often – your beauty sleep shouldn’t be the source of an unexpected breakout!
Close all the doors: Leaving your bedroom door even just a tiny crack open will filter in unwanted light and could disrupt your sleep. Shut all of your doors before dozing off.
Keep things cool: The optimal temperature your bedroom should be for a good night’s sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees F – for all the Celsius people out there, aim for 18 degrees. If this is too cold for you then wear socks or add a blanket at the bottom of the bed – you can drape it over your feet to add a bit of warmth.
Top tip: Consider investing in an alarm clock that mimics sunlight and will help your body wake up slowly and calmly. And please try to choose a soothing sound for your alarm rather than a loud and screeching one – we get it that it can be hard to get up, but wouldn’t it be nicer to hear something calm instead of a siren or that infamous beeping?
If you follow our tips tonight and put on BIOTHERM AQUASOURCE EVERPLUMP NIGHT before bed, we can assure you that you (and your skin) will have the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had!