Sleep during your season of Engagement!

Your season of engagement can quickly become a stressful, trying, endless season of planning, managing family relationships and planning. I think more than ever a good nights sleep is not only a good idea but necessary to your health in this season. Ellie Porter the Managing Editor of SleepHelp.org wrote a bit about why she thinks sleep is so valuable - have a look & sweet dreams! 

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A Less Known Wellness Secret? A Good Night’s Sleep

Beauty sleep is real. Getting a good night's sleep can help you look and feel your best each night, and it can have a significant effect on your skin health.

Your Body Releases Healthy Hormones While you Sleep

Each night while you're sleeping, your brain releases hormones that can help keep your skin healthy. Growth hormone is responsible for repairing and restoring your skin -- and is even sold as a supplement. But you can get doses of growth hormone for free with a good night's sleep.

When the brain produces human growth hormone, the stress hormone cortisol is suppressed. This happens when you get a good night's rest. When you don't get enough sleep, cortisol production is increased. Too much of this hormone can lead to acne, eczema, hair loss, and weight gain.

When you don't sleep enough, two other hormones also change. The hormone that makes you hungry is increased and the brain responds less to the hormone that tells you that you are full. Without enough hours of sleep, you are more likely to eat that extra treat because your brain is telling you that you are hungry.

In short, getting enough sleep can make you feel healthier in many ways.

Looking and Feeling Healthy During Stressful Times

Although your wedding may be one of the best days of your life, planning for it may induce a lot of stress. Unfortunately, many couples deal with this stress by sacrificing sleep. When you don't sleep, you actually start to feel more stressed. When you sleep well, you are better able to cope with unpleasant emotions during the day. When Uncle Ernie tries to grab your sister's butt at your rehearsal dinner, it's stressful. But it's easier to respond calmly and coherently when you're well rested. Prioritize sleep to enjoy your wedding and honeymoon thoroughly.

How You Can Get Better Sleep

Sleep isn't a magic solution for looking healthier -- but it's close to it. Follow these tips for better sleep and wellness.

  • Sleep in a comfortable environment. Make your bedroom cozy and comfortable, with minimal light and sound. Choose an appropriate mattress and bedding, and consider blackout shades or a white noise machine. Unclutter your bedroom, and make it a place you enjoy getting a good night's rest.

  • Get Vitamin D exposure. Use natural light during the day to find more energy and support a healthy circadian rhythm. When you get outside during the day, you can increase sleep efficiency.

  • Avoid screens at night. Banish your phone from your bed, as the blue light that comes from your screen can make your brain think it's still daytime and keep you up at night. It's best to avoid screens for at least an hour before bed.

  • Create a bedtime routine: It's easier to fall asleep if your brain knows that it's time for bed. Take a hot bath, write in a journal or do whatever relaxes you, but try to do at the same time and in the same order each night. This routine prepares your body for sleep, making it easier to doze off when you get to bed.

  • Stay cool: Sleeping hot does more than leave sweaty marks on your nice sheets and disturb your sleep. A small study showed that sleeping in a cooler room can positively affect your metabolism. Keep your bedroom at 65 degrees Fahrenheit or cooler for best results.