Snoring Your Way To Clear Skin

Ok friends, so we established just after my move that lack of sleep (or even a few nights of restless slumber) is enough to trigger a breakout. So what do you do when you’re facing the insomnia monster for the third week in a row, with no end in sight?

It can be pretty tough to get your sleep cycle back on track, so for the sake of your skin (and your sanity) here are a few pointers on getting a good night’s rest:

Develop a Routine

 Having a nightly routine can help cue your body in to the fact that it’s bedtime. Have a warm bath, go through your nightly facial cleansing routine, lay out your clothes for the next day… Find your rhythm and stick with it night after night for the best results.

Have a Snack

A light snack can help you keep hunger at bay, which might be one of the reasons why you’re having trouble staying asleep. A word of caution, though: steer clear of heavy meals or big, rich snacks. (If your body is busy digesting and metabolizing, it can’t settle down for the night) Some good choices include a cup of warm tea, a glass of milk and some fruit, or a small bowl of cereal.

Turn Off the TV

A lot of us are used to falling asleep with the boob tube blaring. But the noise and lights of the television can actually interfere with your inner self as it shuts itself down for the night. It may take a few nights to get used to sleeping in total darkness, but your body (and your skin) will thank you for it later.

Skip the Alcohol

Sure, a nightcap might help you fall asleep faster—but alcohol will actually make the quality of your sleep lousy. Instead of tossing and turning all night, skip the booze at least two hours before bed. And while you’re at it, avoid caffeine after lunch, and cut down on your nicotine as much as possible. Stimulants are (duh) stimulating, and make it hard to wind down and get a good night’s sleep.

So there you have it. A few tips to getting some serious shut eye… and hopefully a few fewer breakouts in the process!

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