How Sleep Can Give You Better Skin

For many of us, having acne is something we have to just live with. It can be caused by lots of different things including your hormones, your diet, your lifestyle, and your hygiene.

If poor hygiene is the only thing that keeps you from getting clear skin, it’s the easiest to solve. If it’s caused by your hormones, it will be trickier to deal with. But whatever the cause may be, sleeping better can help. This shouldn’t be a surprise because the term “beauty sleep” has been around since time immemorial.

How can sleep help you improve your skin’s quality and appearance? Let us count the ways:

Sleep lets your skin take a break from stress.

Stress hormones can do a number of things on your skin. For one, it worsens inflammations, so your zits tend to be bigger and angrier when you’re stressed out. It’s also said to mess with the protective layer of your skin so bacteria and other irritants can get to your pores and cause breakouts.

Being fast asleep can also give your skin a break from environmental stressors. You won’t have to wear sunscreen or makeup when asleep so your skin can “breathe”. You’ll also be away from pollution, smoke, and other possible irritants, so it can really give your skin the time to “unwind”.

Sleep, in a way, boosts collagen production.

Sleep alone won’t boost your skin’s collagen production but because getting ample zzz’s will improve the body’s immune function, it can still be beneficial in improving your skin’s collagen production.

Experts say that with better immune function, the body can produce collagen better. So by improving the quality of your sleep, you can still boost your odds of keeping your skin firm and supple despite your age. This can also result to fewer wrinkles and fine lines.

Using the right products can help you make the most out of your sleep.

According to experts, your skin can be more receptive to certain products during the night. Some products like retinol help greatly in repairing your skin but can’t be used during the day. UV rays can break down its components and cause irritation, so they’re best worn at night.

Your skin also gets to soak in skin care ingredients during the night. As you’re less likely to sweat or wipe away the product from your skin, the potent ingredients can work its magic on your skin while you’re asleep.

Glycolic acids, niacinamide, and facial oils are just a few good examples of the best ingredients that you can add to your night time routine. They address various skin woes, though, so make sure to do some research in order to find your perfect match.

There are many studies that can attest that sleep is vital in the integrity of the skin. So if you really want to get a glowing, flawless skin, add a full night’s sleep to your PM regimen. For better zzz’s, a new mattress might be in order. So check out what we have to offer at www.salem.ph.

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No Surprise Here: The Heat Affects Your Sleep

As we live in a tropical country, there’s a good chance that you know full well that if it’s hot, sleep won’t come easily. Most of us have had sleepless nights during blackouts or have found it impossible to nap on summer afternoons. The heat can really be a disruptive element on one’s zzz’s and no one in the Philippines need scientists to tell them that.

But have you ever wondered why?

According to experts, the body needs to lower its temperature to get to sleep. Dropping temperature helps you fall and stay asleep while rising it wakes you up and keeps you awake. If it’s hot, the body will have a hard time to cool itself. As a result, it will be difficult to fall asleep.

And even if the body is fully capable of thermoregulation, the effects of a steamy night can still disrupt one’s zzz’s. If you sweat profusely in the night, you’re sure to get uncomfortable at some point. This can then disturb your slumber.

Luckily, there are lots of things that you can do to help you sleep on balmy nights. You might need to brush up on those techniques, though, as summer is just around the corner.

Bedtime Jams: Listening to These Might Help You Sleep Better

As most people know, getting some shuteye requires getting in touch with your senses. To induce sleep, you have to lower your body temperature, shut off the lights, and clear your palate for starters.

Lots of people also need to be in a quiet place to shut down. Others, however, need some soothing sounds to lull them to sleep instead. If you’re one of the latter, here are a few things that you can try listening to so you can sleep better:

A Relaxing Playlist

Lots of people listen to some quiet songs to help calm their nerves after a long day.  The best part about this is that you can create your own playlist or find some nice ones online with great ease.

There are also those who found listening to the same song over and over again to be sleep inducing. The pattern tends to help some people to unwind so it’s also a dependable ‘sleep hack’ that you can try.

ASMR Audio

Playing with the concept of the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, ASMR Audio clips have become a relaxation phenomenon in the recent years.

What exactly is it? Technically, these audio clips trigger a “tingling sensation” that runs from your scalp to your spine. It can be very soothing that some people fall asleep to it.

These clips can have variou contents. Some features quiet sounds made by the most mundane things. They’re usually very slow, varied, and soft. Others feature whispered words or even songs. K-pop fans can find their favorite singers’ and groups’ ASMR renditions of their songs. The videos are not recommended if you want to fall asleep, though, because they can get silly and hilarious that you might not be able to doze off right away.

White Noise

Listening to white noise has been a popular sleep trick for a while now. As some people can’t really doze off when it’s too quiet out, having something running in the background has proven itself to be a great solution.

There are tons of ways how you can listen to some white noise while trying to go to sleep. Some people can easily tune in to the humming of their air-conditioning units while there are also some who like the whirring of their electric fans. The ticking of the clock can be a good choice for some people, too.

If you don’t find any of the white noise around you to be very relaxing, you can also setup some artificial sources of these sounds. Tabletop fountains are great ways to listen to moving water, for one. You can also get an actual white noise machine if you like.

Of course, you can also turn to the internet to get yourself some white noise audio clips. Choose according to what feels most soothing to you.

Bedtime Podcasts

The ease of online streaming may have done a number on traditional radio but it introduced a whole new way to broadcasting format which are podcasts. These things are a lot like radio shows except they usually tackle specific topics. They can be listened to live or downloaded to listen to at a later time.

You can find sleep-themed podcasts, too. Lots of people say they work, so you might just find them helpful.

Meditation Audio

Meditation audio clips have been around for decades already, so this one shouldn’t be surprising. They’re still available online so if you think getting your zen on will help you sleep better, give them a shot.

Audiobooks

Lots of folks read to fall asleep but if that doesn’t really work for you, you can also try listening to a calming book to get the same results. Just be very careful in selecting the title to listen to as anything too interesting or exciting might have the opposite effect.

Give these a try and you might just be able to fall asleep faster at night. Combine them with other efforts to improve your zzz’s and you might just be able to improve the overall quality of your sleep.

Would You Sleep Somewhere High Up?

When it comes to sleep, the most ideal place would be somewhere comfortable and safe. You’re vulnerable when you’re off in dreamland so you might want to make sure that nothing bad can happen to you while you’re defenseless.

This hasn’t stopped adrenaline junkies and adventurous souls from giving sleep a twist. Nowadays, you’ll find a number of death-defying sleeping accommodations in various places so you can give it a try if you dare. We’ve rounded them up below so see for yourself whether you’re willing to give them a shot.

1. Skylodge Adventure Suites

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Located in the Sacred Valley in Peru, the Skylodge Adventure Suites feature a series of crystalline pods suspended on the side of a cliff. It offers guests magnificent views of the valley below and the Milky Way at night.

Getting to the venue is a challenge, though. You can either climb up the 1,300 feet rock face or hike a daring trail that is also comprised of a series of zipline network.

2. Treehotel

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Sweden’s Treehotel is composed of seven sleek and modern treehouses created by seven Scandinavian architects. Each offers something unique, making it not just a great place to stay for the night but a destination in itself as well.

It might not be as adventurous as the Skylodges but it will still let you sleep high up in the trees. You’ll get to do it in style and comfort, though.

3. Bangkok Tree House

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Providing a tranquil refuge from the hustle and bustle of one of the busiest cities in the world, the Bangkok Tree House offers another twist on the treehouse accommodation concept. You can choose from actual treehouses or get “A View with a Room” that will let you sleep right under the stars.

4. Tsala Treetop Lodge

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Nestled in the beautiful Garden Route of South Africa, the Tsala Treetop Lodge is a five-star hotel that will let you enjoy nature without compromising your comfort. It features ten lush villas that will let you enjoy green views for miles around.

5. Hapuku Lodge

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A family built and run establishment, the Hapuku Lodge features the beauty, taste, and wonders of its locale. Its 5-star accommodations are suspended 30 ft off the ground and nestled in a mangrove orchard.

Honestly, the Skylodge is the only one that will really question you whether you can sleep up there. The others are just magnificent modern iterations of treehouses. They’re all amusing and may even be worth a spot on your travel itinerary.

Want to Cut Out Sweets in Your Diet? Try Sleeping Better

Everyone knows that sugar can be blamed for all of the additional inches on your waist. This is why ditching sugar is one of the everpresent dieting techniques out there.

However, if you have a sweet tooth, doing this can be easier said than done. This is particularly true if you rely on sweets to perk you up during the day. Despite the crash that it can cause later on, a sugar rush can be rather effective in helping you power through a midday slump.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t cut out sweet in your diet, though. With the right techniques, you can actually completely avoid sweets without sacrificing your energy levels during the day.

How?

Sleep better.

According to a study, increased sleep might be able to help reduce your sugar intake. While the research only involved 42 subjects and didn’t really say that sleep is the key to an improved diet, it still shows great promise.

As lots of people take in sugar because they’re tired and sleepy, sleeping more and better can definitely be the best solution to get rid of the problem. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone as this technique won’t just help you avoid sweets but will also boost your weight loss efforts, too.

With more sleep, you’ll get more energy for your workouts. It will also help reduce your other cravings, so you’ll most likely have to eat less. This can result in better creating better calorie deficit and more lost weight.

Besides, there’s really nothing wrong in improving your zzz’s if you’re sleep deprived anyway. It can do wonders on your health that if it did help you cut down your sugar intake, it will just be a bonus.

So if you’re having a hard time saying no to indulging your sweet tooth, sleeping more could be of great help to you. Try our many sleep tips in the blog to help you improve your zzz’s and you might just find yourself consuming less sweets in no time.

New Pick from Salem Bed: The Milton

It’s no secret that people’s opinion on comfort vary from one person to another. Some folks love to sink into their beds while others prefer a more supportive surface to help them sleep better. This is the very reason why you’ll find a wide range of mattresses with varying firmness and softness levels in our selection.

However, we recognize that as diverse as our selection may be, there can still be a number of sleepers who have very specific preferences. This pushes us to further innovate and create new and different products so every Filipino home will have a choice.

This is the very reason why we love adding new products to our roster. So for our latest offering, meet the Milton mattress.

The best description for the Milton is it’s the perfect balance between firm and cozy. With its unique combination of our special blend of firm rebonded foam and a layer of high-grade memory foam, it will let you sink just enough to get that nice cozy feeling while giving enough resistance to hold your back in place. This makes it a nice choice for those who tend to have back pains in the night because the poor support of their old mattress.

To further ensure your comfort, the Miton is  finished with a knit, Sanitized fabric cover. It guarantees top-notch hygiene and protection against dustmites, insects, and other harmful microorganisms, minimizing allergic reactions by boosting the unit’s ability to keep itself in top shape.

With a 5-year warranty, the Milton can also offer you a years of excellent sleep. So if you still haven’t found “the one” sleeping surface for you, this might just be it.

Learn more about or shop the Milton here.

Scientists are Now Saying that Sleeping In can be Good for You

One of the biggest dilemmas we’ve always had was whether to promote sleeping in on the weekends or not. Sleeping in has been strongly advised against by many experts as they can wreak your carefully crafted sleeping schedule. In fact, it’s one of the reasons why you feel groggy on Mondays. We resorted to promoting naps instead as naps are always good when done in moderation.

So imagine our surprise when a new study has emerged saying that sleeping in on the weekends can be good for you.

Honestly, it wasn’t entirely surprising since the science of sleep is still being researched. Sleep is such a complex activity so it’s not shocking to find contrasting information about the topic. It’s welcomed, actually, so it can be understood better.

But what does this new study offer?

Conducted by the Stockholm University, the study looked at the relation of sleep duration and habits to the general health of 43,000 people. They have determined that those who get less than 5 hours or more than 8 hours of sleep at night have higher mortality rates.

This has led experts to believe that even though you can’t really “bank” sleep, getting a few extra hours of shuteye on the weekends can be good if you really need it. You might not be able to offset the lost hours of zzz’s, but it’s a start. They still say that the best way to get better health is to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep nightly.

Simply put, those who are sleep deprived can benefit from sleeping in on their days off. If you’re not really in much need of the extra zzz’s, though, sticking to your regular sleep schedule would be best.