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There’s a noticeable difference in your appearance after waking up from a restful night’s sleep, but do these beauty benefits carry over if you’re only able to get a quick power nap in? Since today is National Napping Day (your new favorite holiday, obviously) let’s explore if the benefits of “beauty sleep” apply to power naps as well. Yahoo Beauty, spoke with Spa Director of Yelo Spa (a spa that offers a power nap treatment as one of their best services), Aisling O’Shea, regarding her knowledge on the aesthetic benefits of napping.
Similar to a full night’s sleep, napping can improve your skin’s texture and overall appearance in as little as 20 minutes. “A daily nap for just 20 minutes will regenerate skin cells, helping skin look clear and even,” says Aisling. “Sleep helps rejuvenate your skin by producing growth hormones which renew old cells,” she continues. Skimping on well-deserved shut-eye will not only make skin look dull, but can also speed up the aging process, making crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles much more visible.
Another beauty perk? A quick nap allows extra rest for your eyes, keeping them looking bright and clear. According to Aisling, a lack of sleep will result in puffy eyes and dark circles, so any extra sleep can help to keep them from appearing dull, red or watery during the day.
The benefits don’t end there. According to the Wall Street Journal, a 10-20 minute power nap can help boost alertness and energy (who doesn’t need more of that?). And, it turns our there are better times of the day to nap. Research says mid-afternoon is not only the most natural time of day to nap, but napping at that show reaps more benefits. In many cultures, like Spain, Greece and Italy, a mid-day nap is part of life.
Since some of us may experience difficulty when trying to fall asleep for a daytime power nap, we recommend peaceful music or soothing scents to help you doze off. Spritz your pillow with a spray like the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray ($29) to create a relaxing aroma that will help you drift off more easily.
Can you think of a better day to test-drive a “beauty nap” than the Monday after daylight savings? Not only will you recover faster from the lost hour of slumber, you’ll get a little beauty boost in the process!