Just Call Me #Sleep&Beauty

Sleep and beauty…now what do these two things have to do with each other? You know how people say they have to get their beauty sleep? Well, I believe there is some truth to that saying. I view getting enough and quality sleep as just the first step to our beauty quest. The next is putting a little more time into ourselves. I’m not looking to spend hours hibernating or making myself up (ain’t nobody got time for that), but I am determined to spend a little extra time to find small tweaks to my sleeping habits and daily routine that bring great reward.

Simply put… I LOVE sleep. When I was little and my parents couldn’t find me, they knew the first place to look…my bed. Nine times out of ten, I had put myself to sleep. Not only did I put myself to bed, but I grew up being able to fall asleep pretty much anywhere and slept through the loudest of noises.

My sleeping patterns have evolved over time as I go through different phases of life. I am fortunate that I don’t have problems so much with falling asleep, but it’s the quality of sleep that has become my struggle. Hopefully changes in other areas of my life like eating healthy, exercising and relieving stress will help me when I put my head to the pillow, but I’m on a mission for tips and tricks to get the best sleep I can.

The importance of sleep truly is underestimated in my opinion. It’s about more than just recharging your energy levels, but taking care of your heart, mind and body. I feel like this day in age, sleep gets pushed to the bottom of the list when trying to keep up with the hustle and bustle of life. I not only love sleep, but I value it and its benefits, so I try to prioritize it just like anything else. At the end of the day, we all need sleep…but we sometimes sleep just to get through the day when we should view sleep as a necessity so that we can live.

I’ve read many articles about tips for getting a good night’s rest. A comfortable mattress and pillows and a dark and quiet room are the obvious ones. But believe it or not…there are so many other things that can impact our sleep like when we exercise, what we eat or drink or what activities we do before going to bed. They say it’s best to go to sleep the same time each night which is really hard to do, especially on the weekends. But what’s even harder is waking up Monday morning. The recommended average is 7-8 hours of sleep per night, but they say everyone requires a different amount of sleep. More recently I read about the optimal sleep temperature (60-67 degrees F), something I had never considered. At first glance, it is my boyfriend’s oasis and my tundra, but I figured what the heck? We agreed on the high end of the range and tried it out, and even I’ll admit it does make a difference. I don’t even want to know what he turns it down to while I’m out of town for work…

So it’s the little things like those above that I’m on the lookout for to give a try in pursuit of better sleep. A game of trial and error to see what works for me and helps me feel [and start looking] my best.

Now when it comes to beauty, I love feeling beautiful (I mean…who doesn’t?), but I don’t love the process of getting made up. Maybe my ballet days are partly to blame where I had to do my hair every day and cake on makeup for every performance. That might explain why I do close to nothing with my hair (besides wash it) and put on as little as make up as I can get away with.

But beauty really is about enhancing what you already have so I’m not looking to change myself or become something I’m not, but just bring out the best in me. In this area, less is more for me, so I am just interested in finding subtle changes that go a long way. I think my biggest obstacle here is knowing where to start and what it is I’m supposed to do to accentuate what’s already there. Sounds like another game of trial and error.

I realize this area might speak less to a guy when talking about feeling beautiful, but it really is the same for a guy…it just might register better with a word like attractive or handsome. I know guys like to feel “beautiful” too or else there wouldn’t be a men’s Birch Box. But for men and women alike, it’s all about taking care of what you got…your hair, skin, teeth, nails…anything from your head to your toes. I view it as just another way to get to know and love yourself. And when this happens, that’s when others are able to see your beauty on the inside that shines through as confidence.

Just like with anything else, it’s always easier to talk about doing something, in this case, taking care of yourself, than actually doing it. The reality of it all… it is additional time spent on ourselves, but that is something we all deserve so that we can feel and look our best. I think my bottom line here is what the Goo Goo dolls said back in ’98…”What you feel is what you are and what you are is beautiful…” And that’s exactly what I want, to feel what I am…BEAUTIFUL!

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