As we break into the last stretch of 2015, your schedule at work may be getting more and more packed, and your list of tasks may be piling up faster than you can clear them. We know that sleep is something that seems like a lofty desire during such busy times, but sleep should never be neglected. This is not simply because a clear face is usually a sign of a sufficient and healthy amount of sleep, but giving your body time to repair is also good for your health and daily attitude as a whole. Here are a few helpful tips that will hopefully help you squeeze in some shut eye for yourself and leave your skin feeling better!

  1. Stick to a schedule! 

    It can be difficult to sleep early when you have unfinished projects on your plate. However, you should still try to sleep at around the same time every night, give or take 30 minutes. Doing this will ensure that you are getting enough rest every day and keep your body in balance! When we suddenly decide to pull an all-nighter to rush through our work, we usually have to pay the price with fatigue and a disrupted sleep schedule. Making drastic changes to your bed time can therefore affect when you can fall asleep the next time, so it’s important to keep a consistent time to go to bed! You can always clear your backlog in the morning, after you’ve recharged. Though you may have to cut things out of your schedule when you’re busy, sleep should never be one of them.

  1. Eliminate DisruptionsWant to go to sleep after a long day of work, but find yourself tossing and turning in bed? To give yourself a better sleep environment, do remove all the electronic devices in your room (e.g. your laptop and handphone). It is encouraged that you stop using electronic devices half an hour before you sleep, because the light from our computer and handphone screens can keep us awake and make it harder to fall asleep. Spend the time preparing your outfit for the next day, or packing your bag so that you don’t have to rush yourself to get ready in the morning!
  1. Sleep in Complete DarknessThis is important because any form of light can disrupt your circadian rhythm and your brain’s production of melatonin and serotonin. Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain. One of its purposes is to stimulate sleepiness, lower the body’s temperature and control the sleep cycle. These signals are important in letting you get healthy and regular sleep.

    Secondly, there’s serotonin which is a neurotransmitter located in the central nervous system, platelets, stomach and intestine of the body. It has a calming effect on the body and will regulate your sleep!

    When night falls and it gets closer to your usual bedtime, the levels of serotonin in the body increase, sending signals to the brain to produce melatonin. These two features combine to kick start the body’s natural sleep cycle. To help yourself fall into a natural sleep cycle, make sure that your room is as dark as possible!

    If you get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, make it a habit to keep the lights off! If you don’t, your body will immediately cease all production of melatonin for the rest of the night, which can affect your sleep.

  2. Have a Nightly Routine You Enjoy!Reward yourself after a long and tiring day with a nightly routine that you enjoy. Brew yourself a cup of warm tea (though some people may find that tea can keep them awake!), or use aromatherapy to calm your senses. Or else, pamper your skin! Use a calming and therapeutic overnight face mask, like Dermagold’s Hydra Recovery Gel, to moisturize your skin and leave it glowing the next day!