Some things are hard to come by…

like jeans that fit.  The perfect pink lipstick.  And a decent night’s sleep.

Actually, now that I’ve discovered Lucky’s Brooke legging jean, I’ve got the jeans covered.

But I’m still working on the perfect pink lipstick.  And the sleep thing.

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Sleep is essential to every system in our bodies.  It regulates the hormones that affect hunger and satiety.  Getting enough sleep makes it much easier to maintain a healthy weight.

Sleep is also essential for healthy skin.  Our bodies produce collagen while we sleep.  Blood flow to the skin is increased, which gives us a healthy glow.  And not enough sleep can lead to puffy eyes and dark circles…not hot!

Something that can help improve your sleep is having a consistent bedtime routine. I’ve started a great one that I wrote about last month, involving Alpine Pure Oil from Telluride Glow, and my jade roller.  Here it is in case you missed it:

silk + oil + jade =

But sometimes your bedtime routine might actually be hurting your sleep.

If you are watching TV, or playing around on your iPad, phone or laptop before bed, that blue light can really mess with you.

Blue light directly affects our circadian rhythm.  Blue light means daylight to our bodies.  In the absence of blue light, we produce more melatonin, which makes us sleepy.  So it’s not just the fun stuff we’re seeing on Instagram and FB that’s keeping us up…it’s that damn blue light.

In addition to the problem with blue light, any visible light while you are asleep can affect your sleep patterns.  Sleeping in total darkness is best.

But here’s the thing….I’m not willing to part with my devices in the evening.  Maybe one day.  Just not there yet. So I wear my lovely orange goggles before bed.

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The orange goggles help to block the blue light from our devices.  Many experts suggest wearing them for at least an hour leading up to bedtime.  I never remember to do that, but I have gotten into the habit of using them when I look at my iPhone, iPad or MacBook before bed. ( I ❤️ Apple!)

Then, when I’m actually ready to go to sleep, I use a sleep mask to block out any visible light.  Not only are they way cuter than the orange goggles, I actually feel more relaxed wearing one.  It’s like I’m reminding my body it’s time to go to sleep.  Sleep masks are especially helpful for me when I’m traveling.

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seriously, how cute is this?!

The orange goggles are available on Amazon.  Sleep masks are sometimes included as giveaways at Victoria’s Secret when you buy PJ’s, but I love the ones from The Sleepy Cottage on Etsy.

So, can wearing orange goggles and a sleep mask help you feel happy, healthy and hot?  Of course it can!

Everyone is happy when they sleep well.   And getting a good night’s sleep helps every system in your body to stay healthy.  Not only that, it helps you maintain a healthy weight and have glowing, firm skin…very hot!

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5 thoughts on “Some things are hard to come by…

  1. This year I have really tried to work on sleep. I think it’s something I will always have to do, but I am averaging 7.5hrs this year, which is in fact a big improvement! I’ve been tracking my sleep with my Fitbit. I also used the Headspace meditation app sleep package which helps your attitude to sleep, by not stressing if you can’t.

    I do try not to use devices after 9pm, I turn them off in the bedroom and use f.lux/twilight apps to stop the blue light. The best thing I have is a Lumie light clock that comes on slowly in the morning, so much better to wake up to than an alarm, and dims at night which makes you sleepy. I use lavender oil, too. I have a consistent, early bedtime in the week, but am later at weekends. I think I’m getting there slowly.

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  2. Wow, Tanya, you are definitely on the right track! I honestly think in this day and age most of us struggle with sleep. 7.5 hours is great. I have tried the apps to stop the blue light but for some reason prefer the goggles. Lavender oil is helpful…I don’t always think to use it, but I do at times. Have not tried Headspace or the Lumie light clock…both sound great!!!

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  3. Good advice Elizabeth a consistent sleep cycle is the one dragon I really need to slay. I take a low dosage of melatonin which seems to help. Until we get some really dark window treatment in our bedroom I might try the sleep mask. Not the most macho look but oh well you gotta do what you gotta do LOL.

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    1. Hey George! Melatonin works really well for some people. And I’ve always heard to use the lowest dose that works for you. I agree…the sleep mask looks a little girlie, but it really works. Someone needs to design one that’s a little more masculine 😀

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