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How Sleep Can Make You a Beauty
By Ellie Porter | Managing Editor | SleepHelp.org

How Sleep Can Make You a Beauty

When you’re in the middle of planning your wedding, rest is probably low on your list of priorities. But if you want to look your best on your big day, getting enough sleep is essential — because beauty sleep is real.

The Science Behind Beauty Sleep

Beauty sleep isn’t an old wives’ tale or a myth passed down by your grandma. There’s real science to back up the idea that if you sleep well, you look good.

A recent study indicates that people who are sleep deprived are rated as less healthy and less attractive than after a full night’s sleep. A well-rested bride walking down the aisle is likely to look more fabulous than a sleep-deprived one.

People can tell when you’re tired because sleep can have a restorative effect on your skin and overall looks. In fact, sleep quality is clinically proven to impact skin function and aging.


In a recent study, poor sleepers experience increased signs of skin aging and slower recovery from environmental stressors. When you get enough sleep, your skin has fewer signs of aging and is better prepared to bounce back from stress.

How to Get Beauty Sleep Before the Big Day

Getting beauty sleep is essential to looking and feeling your best on your wedding day. Follow these tips to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep.

  • Let go of stress at night. Wedding planning can be fun — and stressful. Don’t let stress follow you to bed. Practice yoga, meditation, mindful breathing, and other methods of relaxation so you can head off to bed peacefully. If you’re plagued by anxious thoughts when you get into bed, keep a journal next to your bed so you can write out your thoughts and get back to them in the morning.

  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule and bedtime routine. Sleep thrives on consistency, so keeping a schedule can help you get to bed on time and get enough sleep at night. A bedtime routine can help signal to your brain and body that it’s bedtime and time to slow down and get to sleep, making it easier to relax and fall asleep.

  • Practice good sleep hygiene. Avoid the pitfalls that can interfere with healthy sleep. Resist the urge to use your mobile device in bed — in fact, it’s best to avoid screens for at least an hour before bedtime. Don’t drink caffeine in the afternoon or evening, and avoid heavy meals just before bed. Squeeze in exercise early in the day; vigorous exercise just before bed can make it difficult to fall asleep.

  • Sleep on your back at night. Sleeping on your back is a good way to wake up looking your best. When you sleep on your back, gravity can help to reduce the imprints of wrinkles. If you’re sleeping on your stomach or side, it’s not as helpful.

  • Create a healthy bedroom environment. Carefully choose your mattress and bedding, so you have a comfortable place to sleep at night. Consider painting your walls blue; blue and other pastel or neutral tones are the best colors for sleep. Use aromatherapy, such as lavender room spray, to make your bedroom feel more relaxing and calm at night.