Most people are well aware of how important sleep is to a beauty regime. Sleeping has a massive impact on your skin, which is evident when you don't get enough hours of shut-eye. Tell-tale signs are dark undereye circles, swollen eyes, eyelids that look like they are drooping or hanging, and what feels like an increase in fine lines and wrinkles. It can even make you look pale and lifeless, lacking that plumpness and glow you typically have.

So, knowing how sleep affects your beauty regime is one thing, but getting enough sleep is a whole other issue. Try as you might, there may be some factors and elements that are hindering your beauty sleep. Here’s a look at the top issues that may be affecting your ability to get enough sleep.

Goldilocks Syndrome – This Room is Too Hot, This Room is Too Cold

One factor that may have you tossing and turning all night is the temperature in your bedroom. How many times have you found yourself feeling too hot to sleep, or on the flip side, too cold to let your body relax and fall asleep? Finding that ideal temperature can be tricky, especially if you live in a climate with four distinct seasons where the weather is always changing.

So, what is the perfect temperature for sleeping? According to experts, the ideal temperature for sleeping should be between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit. When you're sleeping, your internal body temperature actually drops in order to initiate the process. If you can pick a room temperature that helps bring down that temperature, you can, in fact, initiate the sleep process that much faster.

The Amount of Light in the Room

Another external factor that can have a huge impact on your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep is the amount of light in your bedroom. Ideally, you want to make your room as dark as possible in order to fall asleep. A simple way to achieve this is by installing blackout curtains so that no matter how bright it is outside, it’s dark in your room. This is even more important if you happen to be a shift-worker who sleeps during the day.

You Can't Sleep with Your CPAP Machine Going

For those who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, getting enough sleep can be a real challenge. It's quite normal for your doctor to prescribe the use of a CPAP machine while you sleep. This is a medical device that provides a continuous flow of pressurized air. This is meant to stop your airway from collapsing while you are sleeping. Because you are able to breathe easier, your blood oxygen levels will remain normal.

While it performs a very necessary task, the problem is that it isn’t exactly comfortable to sleep with, and if the fit isn’t exactly right with the mask, you won’t be getting the maximum benefits. Air may still be escaping through your mouth, which can lead to a dry mouth and sore throat since you are essentially mouth breathing. 

If that’s the case, you may want to give SomniFix a try, as it helps with staying on track with your CPAP therapy. SomniFix is a patch that you stick on to your mouth each night that will keep your lips closed except for the very centre. The goal is to eliminate air leaks while using your CPAP machine.

Just Scratching the Surface

This is only a very small look at the many things that can hinder your beauty sleep. Other factors such as eating too close to bedtime, not having a set bedtime, an old or uncomfortable mattress, and not having a way to wind down before you go to sleep can also have an impact. Because your sleep is so important, it’s a good idea to identify what factors are affecting you so you can remedy them.

*Contributed post.

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