Improve your Zzzz game

Photo Credits In this busy and hustling world, most of us lack proper sleep on a daily basis. With all the distractions (Netflix anyone?) that our technology can provide us and the stress we face in our lives, it wouldn't be surprising to know if most of our peers and colleagues show up to work or school in the morning looking tired and groggy all the time. And when you ask them what's wrong, their eyebags will answer your question. Eeek! Give your body the rest it deserves. A good sleep is almost as good as drinking a shot from the Fountain of Youth-- it keeps you looking fresh, youthful and helps your body be in a tip-top shape to function well. Invest on a nightly ritual that your body will thank you for as the years go by. Here are our some of our tips to help guide you along the way:   1. Keep distractions away at least an hour before going to bed Most of us can't resist to not be distracted of the pop alert of a Messenger chat, an Instagram like, a Twitter mention or an email alert. But you can't keep your time and concentration dependent on your friend's status update or your pal's latest Snapchat with swap face filter. Give yourself a favor and get the shut-eye you need. If possible, turn your laptop or any other electronic devices off at least an hour before you go to bed. The blue light emitted by the screens are sending signals to your brain to keep you awake and alert. If you must read before bed using your phone or your tablet, enable your device's Night Time mode or download a light filtering app. However, if you can't turn your device off like me (I use my phone as an alarm), you can at least turn its notification alerts off.   2. Meditate Many people swear by the relaxing effects of meditation and listening to ambient music. If nature sounds and chimes are not your things of choice, you could just simply find a spot in your bedroom or house that you're comfortable in, sit down, relax, breathe deeply and just clear your mind off of the frustrations of the day. Meditation guide apps are also available for mobile. Download one for yourself and try. You'll find yourself feeling light and calm after a few minutes.   3. Set a sleeping schedule If you find yourself counting sheeps for hours before actually getting sleepy, then you might need to help your body stick to a sleeping schedule. Identify the time that your body feels the most tired in the evening and make it your target bed time. It will be difficult at first but the longer you stick to your bed time, the more it would help your body adjust its internal clock and improve your quality of sleep.   4. Watch what you eat before bed Limit your caffeine intake in the evening, unless you're pulling an all-nighter for school or work. And as much as possible, heavy meals should be taken at least two hours before bed. Snacking is okay, but snack healthily and in small portions.   pexels-photo 5. Regular exercise Pumping up your body regularly will have a helpful benefit to your health in the long run, as all fitness gurus, self-help books and at-home-exercise videos say. The wellness rewards that you will reap from your worn out running shoes and sweat soaked gym clothing will help improve symptoms of insomnia and increase the amount of time you spend in the deep, restorative stages of sleep.     Photo credits 6. Treat yourself to a night regimen Our body's cells regenerate while we sleep, meaning, we have to make the most out of what we put on our skin while we doze to help optimize its effects. Take advantage of this time to moisturize your body with a lotion or a body butter and by applying advanced skincare products to your face before you sleep. Skincare targeted are night application are often the most potent. Invest on items that will cater to your skin needs. For whitening, you can use products with Glutathione or Arbutin; for acne-control, look for ones with Salicylic acid; for dry skin, opt for products infused with coconut oil or olive oil; and for anti-aging, you can rely on Retinol, Niacinimide and Amino Peptides. Fortunately, Olay has identified this golden timeframe for skincare, revolutionizing the beauty sleep regimen with the Olay Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence and the Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Cream. This overnight miracle promises five (5) nights to stunning, youthful skin with its 2x advanced anti-aging actives such as Vitamin B3, PAL-KTTKS (Amino Peptides), OliveM, Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerol penetrating the skin 10 layers deep to provide 1.5x hydration and boost skin's natural repair process by 60%. Curious to try the #5NightsChallenge?  #OlayNightRitual

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