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The Dalai Lama said, “sleep is the best meditation” and Mahatma Gandhi said, “when I wake, I am reborn”. When some of the most notable Zen masters have only good things to say about sleep, it’s safe to say they’re onto something. As our lives get busier, we tend to put our health and wellbeing on the back-burner – this includes sleeping. Sleep is vital for longevity and is the first step to living an overall healthier life. We’ve rounded up the top 5 reasons why you need to prioritise sleep:

1. Your brain needs it

There’s a reason why you can’t think straight when you’re tired. It’s because lack of sleep makes it difficult for brain cells to communicate effectively, which can affect your concentration, memory, decision-making capabilities and creativity. Studies have also found that women make more “robust multitaskers than men” therefore, . When you get enough sleep, your quality of life improves so much more as you feel less grumpy and groggy. You’ll also have more energy to enjoy social activities with family and friends.

2. It repairs your skin

Think of your skin as having two modes: defense and recovery. During the day, your skin cells are working to protect themselves from environmental stressors like UV exposure and pollution. At night in your slumber your skin goes into recovery mode, repairing all the daytime damage. So, beauty sleep is in fact, not a myth! Night skin care routine steps should consist of; cleanser, mist, serum, eye cream, moisturiser. Cleansing before bed is the crucial to optimise your skin’s recovery mode. Our Replenishing Cleansing Lotion is gentle and nourishing on the skin but will thoroughly remove the day’s grime.

To make extra sure you’re getting the most out of your beauty sleep, the right pillow is equally as important. Opt for a linen pillow case like Abode’s Dublino Pillowcase. Made with 100% Belgian linen, you won’t disrupt your skin’s regeneration and you’ll also reap the benefits of an anti-bacterial and breathable fabric that lessens transfer of the skin care products you apply before bed.

3. It hydrates your skin

Did you know that when you sleep you sweat more? Well, it’s true, and it’s a good thing! Our skin has a natural pH level that helps protect itself from external aggressors. An imbalance in your pH level causes your skin to not produce the moisture it needs, which leads to drier skin. When we sweat, it’s our skin’s way of rebalancing and recovering moisture to level that pH. Your perspiration contains water, minerals and salt. Water hydrates your skin, while the minerals and sodium exfoliate the surface.

Hot tip: When you sweat, a lot of dirt beneath the skin’s surface gets pushed out of your pores. Which is why it’s important to go to bed with cleansed skin so you don’t disrupt the skin’s repairing process and cause breakouts.

4. It’s good for your eyes

When you don’t get enough sleep, the hormone cortisol doesn’t properly serve its anti-inflammatory functions. Inflammation can lead to puffiness around the eye area in the morning. When you get in the right hours of sleep, you’re going to wake up with eyes that are brighter and more awake! Along with sleep, you can assist the de-puffing process by applying an eye cream before bed. The best eye cream for puffy eyes should be one that is created specifically for the eye area. Our Nutri-Define Supreme Eye Contour Balm has Alfalfa seed extract and Lupine Protein that restores brightness and targets under-eye puffiness.

Sleeping in an elevated position on your back is also key for bag-free eyes. Propping your head up with two pillows helps with drainage of fluid around your eyes . Abode’s Hungarian 20 Pillow has a medium filling, perfect for when you need to sleep on your back. Its triple chamber structure keeps the feathers snug in place to help keep the exact shape you love for longer-lasting support.

5. It’s self-care

It’s the little things that you do that really matter. Make the act of sleep a self-care moment more than something you have to do. You spend a great part of your life in bed, so actively surround yourself with good quality bed sheets – make yourself comfortable. Abode makes quilts in a range of temperatures to suit all bodies climates so comfort will never be an issue.

Surround yourself with elements of luxury. Candles, comfy bed socks, a silk eye mask, calming tunes. Indulged in our calming Lavender Hydrating Mist when it’s time for bed. Mist your face pillow to create a calming atmosphere that promotes peace and well-being.