Added: Wed. Oct 17, 2012 11:36am
The Serious Short and Long Range Value of Beauty/Healthy Sleep
Is there really such a thing as "Beauty Sleep?" Believe me, there is. Here's why and how to get it.
Stories about models "playing ‘til-the-wee-hours-of-the-morning" lifestyle (that some filmmakers portray) are not true. It might be true of "would-be" models, but it would put serious ones out of business within a month.
Oleda Baker, CEO of Oleda and Company, modeling for Wilhelmina at age 30.
Most models I worked with in New York felt they must have 7 to 8 hours sleep to look their best and to stay at the top of their careers. Friday and Saturday nights might have been "party nights" but Sunday night -- back to the Beauty Sleep for Monday morning assignments.
It is believed by many, including me, that sleep gets rid of certain chemicals that build up in our bodies every day. They have also identified several molecules involved in cell-to-cell communication within the brain as being important for sleep and especially for our long-range health and beauty.
Poor sleeping habits can not only rob you of beauty and health but can cause some day-to-day problems, such as general tiredness, feeling irritable, lack of energy, poor concentration and memory, more mishaps and illnesses.
So how well do you sleep? If not well here's how to get a better quality (soundness) out of your sleep.
1. Make sure you are taking enough Vitamin B-Complex. If you're anxious or high strung B-Complex can also help soothe your nerves, helps calm you and generally paves the way for a better nights sleep. It's difficult to get enough B-Complex in the food we eat, especially as we get a few years on us, and, since it is a water soluble vitamin, you cannot overdose. (Take B-Complex not just B12, you need all the B's together to make them work.)
2. Do not eat late at night ... or at least 3 or 4 hours before retiring.
3. Do not do heavy exercise before going to bed. Keep your body calm.
4. Take a short walk after dinner ... a 10-20 minute slow walk is good.
5. No caffeine after 3 or 4 p.m. ... watch out for coffee, chocolate or sodas.
6. Try not to take "sleeping pill" prescriptions. That is forced sleep and may have side effects over a period of time. If necessary, try taking a natural nutritional formula with Kava Kava, Melatonin, Chamomile, Passion Flower and Hops. This helps you fall asleep and wake up more naturally.
7. Find out if your mattress is the right one for you. It may be more important than you think.
8. Don't forget that a warm cup of milk helps get you to sleep, too.
9. Make sure lights are blocked in the bedroom.
10. Wear earplugs to keep out noise
11. Make sure the temperature of the bedroom is comfortable.
12. Take a warm bath before going to bed. Making this part of a nightly ritual can help trigger sleep and help you to relax.
13. If you are anxious about "things to do tomorrow" - make a list and keep it by your bedside.
If you find you still can't sleep consult your physician …you must have your proper rest!
Until next time, Love, Oleda
Biography: Oleda Baker, now 78, began her career as a high fashion model with the prestigious Wilhelmina Model Agency, in New York City. She is the author of ten books on beauty, health and anti-aging and one novel Reluctant Goddess. She is founder and CEO of Oleda and Company, Inc., her 40-year-old anti-aging products company for skin, hair, diet, energy, nutritional supplement products as well as special makeup (www.oleda.com). Oleda is also a visionary artist. Her oil paintings are exhibited in museums and galleries around the country (www.oledaart.com). Find her on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/oleda.baker.