Beauty Rest is Real

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Courtney Smith Photography

Here’s how to get it for your wedding:

The most important day of your life to be your best you is your wedding day, and to be your most beautiful self. The best way to get there is to get a good nights sleep for the weeks and days leading up to it so that you are the most beautiful you can be.

You may think that beauty rest is a myth, but it’s actually a reality, at least when it comes to how other people perceive you. And you have to remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder – of which there will be many on your wedding day.

A study, commissioned by makeup company Esteé Lauder, found that you actually look younger when you’re well rested.

“Sleep deprived women show signs of premature skin aging and a decrease in their skin’s ability to recover after sun exposure,” said Dr. Elma Baron, Director of the Skin Study Center at UH Case Medical Center and Associate Professor of Dermatology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Those signs include increased signs of fine lines, uneven pigmentation and reduced elasticity in the skin of their faces.

Another 2010 study in The BMJ Journal found that people who were sleep deprived were “less healthy, less attractive, and more tired” than when they’d had a full night’s sleep.

You’ll want to build yourself a routine to make sure that you get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis. It’s recommended that you get 7 to 8 hours every night, so you need to find ways to help your body prepare to sleep.

The best thing you can do is to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Before bed, you should build an hour into your evening to help yourself destress from your day. In that hour, you can try doing yoga or meditating, or journaling about the things you’re excited about for the next day.

Yoga and meditation have been found to help reduce work stress and help you sleep through the night. It also helps to improve practitioners’ mental health in the short and long-term. Building it into your regular bedtime routine has been found to be very helpful.

You should also make sure that your sleeping environment is comfortable – starting with a comfortable mattress. You should replace your mattress every 5 to 10 years to make sure that it’s as comfortable and supportive as it can be. It’s also best to sleep between 59 to 62.6 degrees Farenheit, with constant fresh air flowing through the room.

As you’re counting down the days until your wedding day, you want to keep that routine as close to the same as possible, even when you’re having your bachelorette party, and even on your big day. Figure out what works best for you, and keep up with it. You’ll be the prettiest version of yourself that you can be, and the happiest.

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