Sleep Your Way to Better Skin
A solid night of rest gives your complexion the time it needs to repair, so you wake up looking fresh-faced. We asked Dr. Michael Breus, “The Sleep Doctor” for his top tips on getting a good night’s sleep—and healthier skin.  

1. MAKE SLEEP ROUTINES A HABIT

“Creating a ritual helps prepare you and your body for sleep by providing a time and place to focus on yourself,” says Breus.

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2. STICK TO A SLEEP SCHEDULE

Aim to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at a consistent hour each morning, says Breus. A predictable schedule helps the body’s internal clock—and other bodily functions—run smoothly.

3. CUT THE CAFFEINE BY 2PM

“Caffeine has a half-life of about eight hours,” explains Breus, so even if you have your last latte at 2pm, it won’t have left your system until 10pm. And if you’re the kind of person who can have a double espresso at dinner then fall right to bed, Breus has news for you: “Even if you can fall asleep, it won’t be a deep, quality sleep.”

4. DON’T LET THE SPIRITS HAUNT YOUR SLEEP

A glass of wine many help you fall asleep faster, but that sleep may not be a restful one. “Remember, it takes the body one hour to digest each alcoholic beverage,” says Breus. Be sure to pace yourself, and sip water in between your drinks.







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5. EXERCISE ON THE EARLY SIDE

Getting your sweat on is the easiest way to improve sleep quality, according to Breus, “but a workout too close to bedtime will actually rev you up.” Give yourself at least 4 hours to wind down, before hitting the sack.

6. SEE THE LIGHT EVERY MORNING

Lying in a dark room after the alarm goes off isn’t doing you any favors. It takes a good 15 minutes of light exposure to regulate your circadian rhythm. “That can be sunlight, a commercially available lightbox, or even just a very well-lit room,” explains Breus.

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