We all know that sleep is vital to our health and wellbeing for many reasons. However, despite knowing the importance of getting proper sleep, many of us still fail to get enough of it. Lack of sleep can have a profound impact on your life, as it can have a negative effect on your mental wellbeing and your mood, it can increase the risk of various physical health problems, and it can also affect your appearance.
The good news is that there are various ways in which you improve your sleep, and this means that you can take steps to rectify sleep issues. By doing this, you can improve your overall wellbeing, reduce the risk of health issues, enhance your appearance, and feel far better in yourself. In this article, we will look at some of the ways in which you can get the beauty sleep you need.
Effective Solutions to Help
When you start sleeping properly, you will really notice the difference it makes to your life quality in many different ways. Some of the methods you can use in order to get your beauty sleep include:
Develop a Nighttime Routine
One of the things you can do in order to help you to get to sleep and stay asleep more easily is to get into a nighttime routine. Many people go to bed at erratic times throughout the week, and this means your body clock is all over the place. By developing a pattern and sticking to it, your body has the chance to switch off at a certain time and to wake up at a certain time, which means you can look forward to better sleep.
Use CBD Oil
These days, many people use CBD gel capsules to help with a range of issues and boost their health and wellbeing in a variety of ways. When you use CBD oil, it helps to boost serotonin levels, and this can help you to get to sleep and stay asleep more easily. This is because one of the things that serotonin helps to do is to regulate your sleep patterns. In addition, CBD oil helps you to feel relaxed and calm, which can also aid sleep. If you don't want to go the oil route, you can also take some CBD sleep gummies as an alternative.
Drink Warm Milk
There are mixed views with regard to how helpful warm milk actually is when it comes to promoting sleep. However, one thing that most people do agree on is that a warm mug of milk can help to really relax the mind and body, and once you have achieved this, you are well on the way to getting a better night's sleep.
Step Up the Exercise
Another thing you can do if you want to boost your chances of getting a better night's sleep is to make sure you are active during the day. Stepping up your exercise levels will help not only to tire you out but also further regulate your sleep through a serotonin boost.
Take a Warm Bath
One other thing you can try is to take a warm bath before bed. You can use special bath foams with essential oils to help calm you down and relax the mind, which can help to get you off to sleep with far greater ease.
Getting Your Sleep Is Important – Why?
There are many people who underestimate the importance of proper sleep, and as such, they do not pay much heed to whether or not they are getting enough of it. However, this is something that can have a profound negative impact on your life in many ways, affecting everything from the way you look to the way you feel and your health.
Sleep is the body's way of recharging its batteries and is also vital to enable your mind to rest and recharge. When you are on the go all day, it is vital that you get proper rest, otherwise, your body and mind will soon burn out and you will be left feeling really rundown. At this point, you will be at your most vulnerable when it comes to health issues, so lack of sleep can have a serious knock-on effect on all other areas of your life.
Some of the reasons why it is so important to get proper sleep on a regular basis include:
Your Mental Wellbeing
When you fail to get enough sleep, it can have a huge negative impact on your mental wellbeing, and this can affect your general health and your day to day life. It is vital that your mind and brain are given the chance to rest and recharge, and if you fail to get proper sleep, this is something you will be missing out on. You will find that you are more often irritable and grouchy, you will find it hard to focus on things, your concentration levels will be low, and you will feel drained of all energy mentally as well as physically.
Your General Health
If you do not get enough sleep, your general health will suffer in addition to your mental wellbeing. Without having the chance to rest, your body is more vulnerable, and your defenses are lower, which means you are more likely to get illnesses because you are run down. This increased vulnerability can leave you open to all sorts of health issues that could be more easily avoided if you got proper sleep and rest. Lack of sleep on a regular basis can really increase the chances of health problems, so this is another reason why you need to ensure you sleep properly.
Of course, it is not just your physical and mental health that takes a knock when you fail to get enough sleep – it will also have an impact on your appearance, hence being referred to so often as beauty sleep. Without sleep, you will wake up with bags or circles under your eyes, your skin will suffer and start to look haggard, your hair and nails can suffer as a result, and you will be left feeling very low and self conscious simply because of the way you look. So, if you want to look your best, you need to make sure you get enough sleep on a regular basis.
So, if you want to enjoy better beauty sleep each night, try out the methods outlined above.
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HELP! My family member is a racist, Trump-maniac!
Dear Armchair Psychologist
My cousin Lisa is married to a sometimes generous and helpful guy named Kevin. They have small children that I adore and often babysit. Kevin wears the pants in the relationship and my cousin Lisa is a very sweet, non-confrontational type. Recently, I've learned that Kevin is a staunch Trump supporter and wants to buy a gun. He posts obnoxious, angry, and racist rhetoric on social media such as "keep out Syrian refugees" etc. My family (and thus Lisa's), come from a long line of hard-working immigrants who have thrived in America and his posts are therefore beyond offensive to me. My cousin is sad and scared, but she is not speaking up for herself. I also am worried about their children living with a gun in the house and Lisa is equally worried. I am sure the recent events in the world have left everyone discovering something ugly about their "friends" and family. I really don't know how to logically approach the situation without making our relationship worse.
I am sorry to hear about this troubling situation. Also, Dear Readers, let this be a warning that before you marry someone one — no matter how rich or funny or attractive they may be — if you don't share the same values and ideals, your marriage is going to suck.
So now on to the question, let's first establish what you're worried about. I suspect it's not necessarily his political views, we are all entitled to our own opinions, but rather the anger and aggression behind them? Are you (or your cousin) worried about the politics, bigotry, and impact on the children or her social standing, or is the worry for her safety and her freedom? If it is the first, that's understandable. Having your children under the influence of a typical "angry white man" can be devastating to the family. I would recommend a two prong approach:
1) Engage the children in a safe setting away from the husband and have an open discussion about people and bias and let the children know they have role models who strongly disagree with this view while letting the children know that good people who they love can have horrible opinions. 2) You have to begin to create a firm dialogue with the husband, in conjunction with your cousin, about how personally you take these negative racial and bigoted statements. This problem is discussed in quite a bit of literature online about how to deal with a parent when one parent is a racist. Trump just happens to be a new, special phenomenon but the effect is the same.
Now, if you are worried about the safety of the family, that's an entirely different recommended approach then the above, which can take many months or years to affect change. Safety is priority #1! Make sure any firearms are equipped with the extra firearm locks and that all ammo is safely hidden away (yes, convincing the angry white male that having a gun lock and remote ammo might delay his response when the inevitable mob of foreign Muslims led by Obama sneak in to take his gun at night will be hard but it's doable). Furthermore, make the issue about safety and immediately tell your cousin to seek counseling with someone who can Q&A her (a therapist) and monitor the danger signs of abuse or swings in temperament. Lastly, of course, save the day by deleting the husband from your social media feed, because hate never trumps love.
- The Armchair Psychologist
HELP! Am I running from my life?
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
Lately, I've heard the same question over and over again. Now it's almost ringing in my head: "What are you running from… What are you running from? What are you…?" I'm hooked on working out, I run marathons, I go skiing for hours, and tomorrow I'm heading to bicycle around a lake (300K). I don't do it to look good (lost hope of that long time ago), and I'm not an elite athlete, so there is no chance I would win anything. And it's far beyond the feel-good because I'm healthy as can be.Frankly, I have no idea why I do it and it's getting out of control. I used to sign up for races to have a goal so that I would get my butt out of the sofa and my hand out of the candy bowl and go out to run. I signed up for a few races every year and those races were my goals. But now I'm so fully-booked that it's getting in the way of my family life and I don't have any friends left because I don't have time to be with them. I have to cancel dinner plans and I would rather join a 10K race than my brother's engagement party. Am I addicted or just really healthy?
- Running Woman
Dear Running Woman,
I am sorry you're conflicted about your running activities and I can imagine that it must be difficult for you to learn that you may be alienating your friends and family. It sounds like you sense it's out of control and you're struggling with that notion. I think the question that you really want to explore is: Are you running TO something or AWAY from something?
For example, do you dread going to your brother's engagement party or do you simply think a 10K is much more fun? If you find that you dread going to the engagement party and these things generally cause you social anxiety, you could be running away from something. Understandably, life is complex and, at times, overwhelming but taking a break to examine one's life is a positive direction. If you find that you simply have much more fun running a 10K that you forget all else, including your friends and family, it's simply a matter of re-prioritizing what's important to you and developing better time-management skills. I recommend picking up a new exercise of exploring with a qualified therapist what it is you may be running away from if that is indeed the case.
- The Armchair Psychologist