Are you getting your beauty sleep?

November 7, 2008 at 3:03 pm 16 comments


Beauty sleep is the cheapest way to keep you healthy and to avoid a washed-out complexion. Here is why we need it and some tips to help you sleep better.

In humans, sleep is divided into two main phases: non-REM and REM sleep. According to Science Daily “non-REM sleep is usually considered as a compensatory “resting” state for the brain, following the intense waking brain activity” and “it occupies most of our early sleep night”, while REM sleep, is the phase during which our dreams prevail.

When you sleep, your body regenerates and restores itself. During “deep” sleep (REM), our body produces human growth hormone (HGH) that help repair tissues. It also helps skin remain thick and elastic. In addition, skin cells regenerate faster at night.
On the other hand, lack of sleep produces cortisol, a hormone that reduces skin regeneration, and free radicals. It also causes dark circles, under-eye bags and puffy eyes. And, obviously, our bodies are missing out on this important time to repair the damages.

Experts says that a person needs eight hours of sleep a night. A common misconception is that you get beauty sleep when you take naps or sleep during the day. That is not true. To reap the benefits of beauty sleep you need to get into a regular sleep pattern. You should go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday. Beauty sleep needs to become part of your nightly routine.

The night is also a good time to use creams. Not only, as mentioned above, skin cell regenerates more quickly at night, but some anti-aging ingredients, like retinoids and vitamin C, work best at night as they remain active for a longer period of time when not exposed to sunlight.


  • Sleep on your back. Pressing you face into a pillow can create crease marks that become permanent if repeated every night.
  • Avoid large meals, caffeine, nicotine just before going to bed.
  • Minimize light and noise and keep your room at a comfortable temperature (about 68 degrees).
  • Sleep on a satin pillowcase. It prevents crease marks caused by sleeping with your face pressed on the pillow and reduces hair breakage. In addition, satin doesn’t absorb moisture, so your night face creams will remain intact while you sleep.

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  • 1. Nikki  |  November 7, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    I usually sleep 5-6 hours….yeah..eye bags, tired eyes..all my fault! lol

  • 2. Eru  |  November 7, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    I’m definitely not sleeping enough! I don’t get major eye problems by the morning, but I’m afraid in a few years that will change! :S
    The satin pillowcase sounds helpful, I will check one ASAP.
    Thanks for sharing :)

  • 3. sab  |  November 8, 2008 at 1:43 am

    not sleeping enough too. if it were up to me i’d stay up the whole day. there’s just so many things to do! but, yeah, i guess i should be more conscious. :)

  • 4. jnie  |  November 8, 2008 at 11:08 am

    I’m surely not getting the hours in, when I am I’m always in rem sleep, the deepest sleep. It would take an fire to wake me up. lol. that reminds me, i really have to get one of those silk pillows.

  • 5. beautifulwithbrains  |  November 8, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Nikki: you need to sleep more!! Your eyes will thanks you! How can you manage to sleep only 6 hours?! I’m a zombie all day if I don’t sleep for 8 hours!

    Eru: lucky you! I always sleep 8 hours a night and still have dark circles under my eyes, I think that’s genetic though so not much I can do about it. But you definitely need to sleep more, you’ll feel a lot better if you do. :)

    Sab: I know what you mean. I don’t really like sleeping (do you think I’m weird? everyone thinks so lol). I just keep thinking of all the things I could do instead of lying in bed. But I can’t function properly if I don’t sleep for at least 8 hours, my body needs sleep and so does yours :)

    Jnie: lucky you! I’m a very light sleeper, the faintest noise is enough to wake me. The silk pillow is really good, you should get one soon!

  • 6. djanmo  |  November 9, 2008 at 2:49 am

    I got a satin pillow case as a gift from this company- Neero & Ana. It beats the cheap one I bought from Linen N things. It seems to help me sleep better for some reason and makes my skin really soft and smooth and it does help my hair too. Try it. It works.

  • 7. beautifulwithbrains  |  November 9, 2008 at 11:25 am

    It’s great that you got it as a gift! I love satin pillowcases, they’re great and so useful!

  • 8. Anastasia  |  November 10, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Haha, I get about 4 hours a night after drinking caffeine all day and night (I only drink Pepsi Max, nothing else) and I usually eat after midnight!

    It’s a wonder I don’t look like a swamp hag. But hey, Touché Eclat is a great substitute for sleep.

  • 9. Sara  |  November 11, 2008 at 3:44 am

    I just read that you release a hormone when you sleep that help controls hunger. Here’s to being skinny and glowing!

  • 10. beautifulwithbrains  |  November 11, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Anastasia: I can believe you sleep so little! I’ve only slept 7 hours tonight and I’m already fallin asleep! It’s not good for you, you should get more rest!
    Concealers are great to hide dark circles and bags, I just wish Touche Eclat was cheaper!

    Sara: you’re right. Lack of sleep causes hormonal shifts that increase feelings of hunger. That’s definitely another good reason to get your 8 hours sleep!

  • 11. sunnydays13  |  December 18, 2008 at 4:31 am

    I had heard the same thing about cotton pillowcases. They absorb the moisture from your hair and skin that’s needed to be healthy. Cotton also causes split-ends and bedhead. I began using satin pillowcases a couple of years ago and what a difference. My hair is much healthier and I don’t have those pillow creases on my face in the morning. There is an amazing website that sells not only solid colors but these awesome prints. I found a set that is perfect with my color scheme in a soft, beautiful print and I found a set in a funky pattern. Both are so amazingly comfortable. I also bought a peppermint eye pillow that is just so relaxing. The name of the company is A Touch Of Satin. Their website is They had a page that talked about all the benefits of sleeping on satin. Give them a look and let me know what you think.

  • 12. beautifulwithbrains  |  December 18, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks for your comment. I love satin pillowcases too, they are really good for you and have lots of benefits. I’ve checked the webiste and I love that they have so many styles and designs to choose from.

  • 13. Amanda  |  January 29, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    It’s Silk pillowcases you need to sleep on
    check out the benefits of silk at

  • 14. beautifulwithbrains  |  January 30, 2009 at 11:43 am

    You’re right, silk pillocases are great and have lots of benefits like preventing thinning of the hair and not absorbing natural moisture off your skin and hair.

  • 15. How to Get Six Pack Fast  |  April 15, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I read your posts for a long time and must tell that your articles are always valuable to readers.

  • 16. beautifulwithbrains  |  April 16, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Thank you!


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