We all know the obvious reasons for getting a good night's sleep... catching up on rest after a long day at the office, enhancing our beauty, and occasionally for soothing a broken heart. But as it turns out, these aren't the only benefits of racking up relaxation hours.
According to WebMD, we should be getting sufficient sleep for a variety of reasons: overall better health, heightened pain tolerance, elevated mood, lower risk of injury, better ability to manage weight, healthier immune system, and clearer memory and thinking. Whew, is that all? As it turns out, in addition to this lengthy list, you can also manage illnesses and conditions during those shut-eye hours as well!
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Hair loss is an embarrassing and frustrating struggle for so many. Although we haven't discovered a magic solution just yet, this natural remedy might have you "a hair" happier with your luscious locks!
A simple mixture of onion and honey, when applied to the scalp and left overnight, increases circulation and stimulates hair follicles. Overtime, the consistent application of this sweet and tangy solution may promote hair growth. Top 10 Home Remedies has the details.
Crack The Case
Dry, cracked heels - it happens to the best of us! Did you know that coconut oil is a natural, effective treatment often used to heal the heels? Just prior to bed, coat the problem area with a generous amount of coconut oil and slip on a pair of clean socks. If your heels are particularly rough, use a pumice stone to take off excess dry skin before applying the coconut coat. It'll be "smooth" sailing in no time!
"Sock It" To The Flu
The typical response to a sudden fever is to up the vitamins and layer ourselves in warm clothing. However, there's another simple and effective method to fight those germs... sleeping in wet socks. Yes, you heard that correctly!
When you find yourself coming down with something, soak your feet in hot water for three minutes just prior to bedtime. Then, slip into a pair of anklet socks that have been soaked in very cold water, and rung out. Put a pair of heavy, wool socks overtop the wet pair, and drift off to sleep. When you wake, you just may find yourself feeling like "you" again.
Underneath It All
Tired of the dark circles that seem to sit permanently beneath your eyes? Well honey, we've got the answer for you! Apply a thin coat of pure honey to the darkened skin, lie down for a good night's rest, and rinse off when you wake. As the sun brightens the morning sky, you might notice your dark marks seeming a bit brighter too!
Love The Skin You're In
No matter how hard we try to avoid it, zits happen. Unfortunately, they also seem to have the worst timing imaginable as well. Prom, school pictures, first day of work - yep, they know just when to pop up! Well, now you can fight those unsightly blemishes (and the scars), while you sleep.
Remove the gel from an aloe vera leaf (store-bought aloe vera works too) and apply to the clean, affected areas. Leave on overnight and wash off in the morning. Viola, you're on your way to the "look at me" skin you've always wanted!
Soothe The Sting
You enjoyed the family beach outing just a bit too much today, and now you're left with red, throbbing, sunburned skin. Ouch! To get the healing started, begin by rinsing off any sand or lotion with cool water. Next, pour some apple cider vinegar onto a wet wash cloth and gently pat the burned areas. Mix a small amount of coconut oil with a few drops of peppermint essential oil (to mask the vinegar scent), and apply to the sunburn. Allow the coconut oil to work its magic overnight, and by the morning you should be feeling a huge sense of relief.
Summer Saldana shares the details of her overnight sunburn remedy secret.
Our days are full - from the moment we wake up to the moment we hit the hay. Why not utilize those sleeping hours, and get a few things crossed off your "to do" list? Share these helpful sleep-time hints with your friends and open their eyes to the benefits of shut-eye!