Puffy versus pretty- life hacks that help you wake up looking your best

Nobody wants to wake up with puffy eyes. Whether you have or haven’t managed to get a good night sleep, most people can’t afford to live their life looking tired. Having puffy eyes is more than skin deep. It is a reflection of an imbalance in your body and lifestyle.

Puffy eyes can be linked to iron deficiency, thyroid problems and kidney dysfunction. A visit to your doctor should be done to rule these out if your puffy eyes are an everyday phenomenon.

However, for relief of the occasional untimely puffiness that could be due to pollution, allergies or eyestrain, here are some easy life hacks that take puffy to pretty in a few minutes.

Hacks to help you wake up looking your best

Place cucumber slices on your eyes

Why does this work? Cucumber is cool and full of vitamin C. Both help to reduce redness and inflammation.

Give chilled strawberry slices a try

No cucumber in the fridge? Strawberries contain alpha hydroxy acids that soften skin and relieve swelling and can be a nice alternative to the classic cucumber trick.

Save your tea bags

Apply cold, moist tea bags to both your eyelids. Green tea packs an extra punch as it houses anti-oxidants. This is why green tea features so strongly in many beauty and anti-ageing products on the shelves today.

Go dark

Wearing sunglasses during the day and an eye mask at night will literally shield your eyes from bright light, dust and wind. If your partner reports that your lids don’t fully close when you sleep then an eye mask is a must to prevent dry, irritated and puffy eyes in the morning.

Drink water

Staying hydrated can prevent water retention. Puffy eyes can be a sign that your body is holding onto water as it is in short supply. So drink up through the day and you should notice less puffiness and more bounce in your skin.

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Collagen – is this new superfood for you?

Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the human body. It is the glue that holds together skin cells and muscle fibres and keeps joints moving.

The beauty industry was the first to use collagen as a key ingredient in anti-wrinkle creams and serums. Then the medical fraternity started prescribing it in capsule form to aid achy joints. Now, sports stars and influencers are adding collagen powder to their daily smoothies.

In this blog we look at why collagen is getting so much attention and whether you could benefit.

It is important to note that the human body is actually really good at making its own collagen. So for those 25 years old and under taking collagen will most likely yield no improvement in your overall appearance or health. You are at your prime collagen level anyway. However, for those older than 25 and for those with certain chronic diseases, taking collagen may assist you to have better health in three key areas:

Collagen for Skin

Collagen is the glue that holds skin together and gives it its bounce. Young skin is rich in this protein which is why it does not flake and is not prone to wrinkles. When collagen levels are low, skin will appear thinner, redder and dryer as moisture leaves through the teeny gaps between skin cells.

Most biologists would recommend ingesting collagen rather than only applying it only to the top layer of your skin. Skin is a natural barrier and topical collagen may not penetrate deeply enough for you to see a difference.

Collagen for Muscle

For those who dabble in sports performance or those older athletes who do not want to have long recovery periods between events, taking collagen supplements can assist with muscle repair. As collagen plumps up the skin it can also plump up muscles making them look and work better. This increase in muscle mass has a knock on effect on fat loss.

A smoothie is a great way to ensure your collagen is broken down and absorbed along with the other natural food ingredients. Adding protein to your smoother will also keep you fuller for longer and maintain your blood glucose levels.

Collagen for Gut Health

The cells that line the digestive tract are also held together by collagen. When the gut becomes permeated or ‘leaky’ it becomes ineffective at absorbing nutrients and prone to inflammation and irritation.

Including collagen in your diet is simple. Eat animal protein. Collagen is found abundantly in bone broth, gelatin, eggs, chicken and meat.

Another great benefit of collagen? Less joint pain. It seems that a dose of collagen and a good night sleep on a Sealy could be the perfect recipe for waking up pain-free. Besides who doesn’t want to bounce out of bed each day?

Do you dabble with collagen to improve your skin, muscle and gut health? We would love to hear more about your experience

Good sleep is vital for great health. Follow our tips for a better night’s sleep.

Could lack of sleep make you less socially attractive?

In a study published on 14 August 2018, researchers Eti Ben Simon and Matthew P Walker unveiled four interesting connections between sleep and loneliness.

In our last blog we examined the first two connections that their research unveiled between sleep and feelings of loneliness.

In this blog we look at the last two connections their research made between sleep and social isolation.

Firstly, a sleep-deprived, lonely person becomes less likely to allow people to come into contact with them as they choose to increase their social distance.

The study showed that when people are sleep-deprived, lonely people are more inclined to keep a greater physical distance from others, compared to when they are fully rested. The energy needed to interact is just too great- they do not want people in their space and definitely do not want to be touched. This increases their feeling of loneliness and social isolation.

Secondly, well-rested people are less likely to want to get close or interact with a sleep-deprived person.

The researchers commented that sleep-deprived people may give off a lonely vibe and are also judged by others to be lonelier and less socially “attractive” when compared with pictures of their fully rested selves. So not only are the sleep-deprived people avoiding society, but society is more likely to avoid them too. This sets up a vicious cycle of social isolation.

This small study may have unveiled a link between the rise of sleep deprivation and the rise of social isolation and loneliness in our modern society. Sleep boosts our mood, our appearance and our social attractiveness and sleep loss impacts more than ourselves- it impacts all those around us.

Get to bed if you want to get out into the world- bright and bushy tailed.

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Lack of sleep will make you feel lonelier

In a study published on 14 August 2018, researchers Eti Ben Simon and Matthew P Walker unveiled four interesting connections between sleep and loneliness. In this blog we examine the first two connections that their research unveiled.

Firstly, it appears that a lack of sleep makes people feel lonelier than they would if they had more sleep.

The study asked 140 people aged 18 – 24 years old to track their sleep and feelings over a few days. The researchers found that people who reported poor sleep from one night to the next also reported an increase in feelings of loneliness the next day, whilst those who got better sleep reported less loneliness. After one night of good sleep, the feelings of loneliness returned to normal.

Secondly, the people who interacted with the sleep-deprived person left the interaction feeling lonelier themselves.

The participants felt rejected by those displaying loneliness and it made them feel lonely too.

The researchers noted that there may be a “viral contagion of social isolation” linked to sleep loss. This means that loneliness is contagious and if somebody close to you is experiencing sleep loss as well as loneliness, then your mood will be impacted by it too.

Getting a good night’s sleep is good for you and those around you. Do it for your country- get to bed!

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When is the best time to wake up so that I can be at my best?

Can you imagine a life where you did not have to wake up at any given time?

Where your waking would be based purely on our body’s needs not on your adult responsibilities?

In this blog we examine the debate surrounding what the best time to wake up really is.

Here are the two leading theories about the dream wake-up time…

Theory 1: You should wake up when your body is ready to

This theory leans heavily on the idea that sleep is good and that your body will take only the sleep it needs. It also acknowledges individual sleep needs as well as varying sleep needs within individuals.  Common sense says that on different days one will need a different amount of sleep depending on one’s current health, that day’s energy expenditure, what was eaten and what was learned.

Drawbacks

The difficulty is in applying this theory. Very few individuals can afford the luxury of not knowing when they will wake up the next day. And many who have nothing to wake up for may find their sleep and wake up times get later and later and out of sync with light/dark cycle. This can be detrimental to their mental health or productivity.

Theory 2: You should wake up at the same time everyday

This theory is popular with those who believe in the ‘good of all’ rather than the good of the individual. Army barracks, boarding schools, Special Forces, in fact anyone working in an industrialised nation will have to fit their sleep needs into the mainstream schedule. This theory is helpful in terms of promoting regular, routine sleep which we know assists the body’s circadian rhythm.

Drawbacks

What it does not do is acknowledge that there are many ways to skin a rabbit. Whilst some may need a strict ‘lights out’ policy others may do better with a shorter night sleep plus a day nap.

Which theory fits your idea of a good night’s sleep?

Would you sleep better if left to find your own rhythm?

Or do you need external measures such as strict sleep/wake times to get the rest you need?

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Beat Your Alarm Clock

With sleep trending and a good night’s sleep being the hallmark of a good life, it is no wonder that the ultimate sleep goal has become waking up when your body wants to, not when your body has to. Yes, waking up before your alarm wakes you is an actual #sleepgoal.

As an alarm-clock detester it is pleasing to note that our bodies hate alarm clocks as much as our minds do. Our bodies and minds find any sudden waking stressful and jarring. Interestingly, to avoid this traumatic experience our brains prepare for waking based on two things-

  1. Predictability- our routine shapes our circadian rhythm
  2. Expectations- what time we plan to wake up

So if you are not waking up before your alarm clock here is your go-to-action plan:

  • Schedule a predictable sleep-wake routine– go to bed at the same time during the week and on weekends. Easier said than done but sleeping from 11pm until 6.30am every day could give you the stable 7,5 hours you need.
  • Plan to wake at the end of a sleep cycle –Every 90 minutes adults come back to light sleep. It is easier to wake up at the end of a sleep cycle than in the middle of one. So if you need more than 7,5 hours, you will have to schedule in 9 hours sleep. So you sleep schedule would be from 9.30pm – 6.30am.
  • Get enough sleep– If you need 9 hours of sleep, then that is what your body needs. You will only be robbing yourself if you schedule in 6hours or 7,5 hours. Those who are young, active and perform work that requires mental agility will need more sleep. It is what it is.
  • Until you start waking up before your alarm set one alarm and avoid hitting snooze- Haziness. Grumpiness. This is what follows multiple snoozes. Your brain and body need to either be asleep or be awake- moving back and forward between the two states only creates brain fog. Place your alarm as far away from your bed as possible to give yourself more chance of making a good judgement call.

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How to start eating for energy

Rest is recovery and food is fuel so if you are looking to have more energy there is no greater combination than good sleep and good nutrition.

Whilst there are many conflicting ideologies when it comes to nutrition and weight-loss there is actually much consensus amongst sleep scientists when it comes to eating for sustained energy.

Here are some logical points to consider when planning what you put in your mouth:

Energy input must equal energy output…

If you are not eating enough, you will not have the energy you need to perform all day long.

Meals should be small and include protein…

Protein helps to keep your blood sugar levels stable.

If you want to have fewer energy dips then you will need to add foods such as biltong, full-fat cheese, nuts and hummus to your lunch box.

Avoid large meals heavy in carbohydrates…

Especially if you don’t want to feel sleepy after lunch.

Large meals require blood to divert away from your brain towards your digestive organs. If you want to feel alert, you will need blood flow in your brain.

Keeping your brain and body hydrated…

Will help you to keep going.

Caffeine can help pick you up but it can also lead to dehydration. Your brain consists of 73% water so its ability to do its job is impaired when it gets dry. Drinking water throughout the day is the best way to stay energetic and bright throughout your day.

Start eating for energy

The great news is eating this way will in turn help you sleep well. And sleeping well will help you find it easier to make good food selections during your day.

Here’s to fuelling your best life with good sleep and great food.

How sleep makes women even more fabulous

Celebrating Women: Women’s Month

Whether you find yourself working at home, working out in the gym or working like a boss- sleep will help you perform at your best.

In our last blog post, we looked at a comment by Arianna Huffington that declared women’s sleep ‘the next feminist issue’, arguing that lack of sleep affects a women’s judgment, creativity and ability to realise their full potential.

She may be onto something.

Studies have shown that sleep improves:

  • athletic performance
  • cognitive performance
  • emotional intelligence
  • physical health
  • mental health
  • and overall appearance.

Read more about beauty sleep here.

Ask any successful women how she got to where she is today (be it as a mother, sports star, entrepreneur or employer) and she will tell you that she used her brains, brawn, beauty and basic women’s intuition to fight her way there.

Don’t let a lack of sleep get in the way of finding your fabulous. Here are some sleep tips for women to help prevent you feeling depressed, disempowered and disorganised:

Plan to get more sleep than your male partner

Women have a physiological need for more sleep than men. Get to bed before him or wake up after him. Either way get the sleep you need.

Consider sleeping in separate beds

If you are easily disturbed by your partner you may want to re-consider your sleeping arrangements.

Visit your doctor and get treatment

If you suspect you may have depression, anxiety, insomnia, diabetes or heart disease then you should see your GP. Your poor physical or mental health could be linked to your poor sleep health.

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Gender differences and sleep

Women and men think differently. This fact is well-established. What is less well-known is that men and women have different sleep needs and react differently to sleep-deprivation.

Let’s look at some research regarding these statements.

  1. Women need more sleep than men the same age.

The theory behind this is that women use more areas of their brains during the day thanks to multi-tasking and interpreting complex socio-emotional information. A female brain is a busy brain and as such requires longer to repair and recover- an average of 20 minutes longer each night than a man according to the National Sleep Foundation.

  1. The female brain ages more slowly than the male brain.

Interestingly, it is thought that this added brain utilization and need for sleep is responsible for a women’s brain ageing slower than a man’s. ‘A typical 75-year-old woman has a comparable brain age to a 70-year-old man,’ Professor Horne a specialist in the area of Gynaecology and Reproductive Health from The University of Edinburgh.

  1. Sleep-deprived women perform worse than sleep-deprived men.

The female brain is more sensitive to sleep-deprivation. The female hormonal cycle is also thrown off by lack of sleep. The combination of both neurological and hormonal impairment due to lack of sleep means that a sleep-deprived woman will function worse than a man. In the short-term, women will show more difficulty with attention, working memory, long-term memory and decision-making.

In the long-term, women are more at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer than men reports Dr Edward Suarez.

Over the month of August we will be looking closer at the issue of women and sleep. Arianna Huffington has declared women’s sleep ‘the next feminist issue‘, arguing that a lack of sleep affects a woman’s judgment, creativity and ability to realise their full potential.

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Breakfast hacks to help you get the most out of your mornings

Want to give yourself a great start each and every day? With these top 5 breakfast hacks you are on your way in no time at all.

  1. Boiled egg on toast

Boil up some eggs and let them cool. Pre-cut a low GI bread such as sour dough or rye and freeze. In the morning all that is left for you to do is peel your eggs and toast your bread. Garnish with hummus, avo or mayo.

Out of time? Simply put it all together in the office kitchen.

  1. A power smoothie in the bag

Place one banana (chopped), four strawberries (halved) and ten blueberries into a plastic packet. Add nuts or nut butters, honey, supplements and/or protein powder as desired. Place smoothie bag in the freezer. When needed, remove bag from freezer and blend with 250ml of apple juice/milk/water as you like it.

  1. Raw Oats

Soak one cup of raw, uncooked oats in cow/soya/almond milk and/or plain yogurt over night. In the morning, garnish with almond slivers, honey and fresh apple slices. The combination is delicious and super healthy, raw food at its best.

  1. Waffles with butter & honey

Mix up your waffle batter and place in the fridge over night. In the morning fire up the waffle maker and enjoy fresh waffles within 5 minutes. Waffle batter contains egg and will keep you full for longer.

  1. Farmstyle breakfast for the whole family

Add a little oil into each opening of a large muffin pan. Crack one egg into each muffin opening. Place bacon on a separate baking sheet. Put both trays into the oven at 200 degrees. Ensure the baking tray with the bacon is at the top under the grill and that the eggs are cooking under it. By the time you are dressed there will be a cooked breakfast waiting for you in your oven.

The key is prepping before you go to bed to ensure you crush it each and every day. Of course waking up on a Sealy will mean you are well-rested and that much more likely to make good decisions- starting with your breakfast.

Here’s to the good life!

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