Look Like a Beauty Without the Sleep – How to Fake a Good Night’s Rest

As we spring ahead again and adjust our internal clocks for Daylight Savings, we must be prepared for those mornings when sleep doesn’t come naturally – a condition known as “Daylight Savings Hangover.” The good news is that there is a way to look refreshed and awake – even if your sleep schedule is in the dumps.

Tip 1: Shut it down – electronics that is. Before going to sleep, shut down all electronics – that means TV, computer and, yes, your blackberry. These all are stimulants for the brain, and if you’re answering emails in bed at 10 p.m., you’re going to have a difficult time getting to sleep. Hit the power switch at least an hour before bedtime.

Tip 2: Get up … NOW! Once the alarm goes off, get out of bed immediately. Snoozing is not sleep; it’s just prolonging the inevitable.

Tip 3: So now that you’re up – do something. Try a morning workout to get motivated and feel energized for the day. Take a quick run or hit an early morning spin class. Be sure to challenge yourself first thing and then see how much easier your morning commute feels.

Tip 4: Hydrate. Great-looking skin isn’t just about what you put on it, but also what you put in your body. Skip that morning cup of coffee, which can be dehydrating, and drink a glass of ice water instead. The cold water will not only give you a kick in the morning, but also help hydrate skin, leaving it looking and feeling refreshed.

Tip 5: Wake-up and fake it! Use a hydrating and stimulating makeup like Almay Wake-Up Makeup – a favorite of celeb Kate Hudson. This product contains essential minerals and ingredients, such as cucumber and aloe, which soothe and hydrate skin. It also has first-of-its-kind encapsulated water technology – once the powder touches your skin, it releases a cooling sensation that gives you an added boost in the morning.

Tip 6: Do NOT skip breakfast. You’ve worked out, you’ve hydrated, you’re looking gorgeous. Why deny your body the nutrients it needs to keep it looking and feeling refreshed by walking out the door without grabbing a quick bite?

 

Spotlight On: Juliana Good

Name: Juliana Good

Department: Public Policy

Role at UNH: Student

Year Started at UNH: 2017

What does being healthy look like to you? 
Prioritizing both mental and physical health is important, and I go to the gym five days a week. I go to the gym because it is a stress reliever. If there are days that I am too tired then I won’t push myself – it is important to also listen to my body and brain.

What do you do to keep UNH healthy?
I am passionate about accessibility and disability policy. A big part of accessibility is removing barriers that make people’s lives harder.

How do you stay fit? 
The gym! I love the gym, it’s really nice and going is a stress reliever. I try to walk as much as I can and I don’t take the bus that often. It’s important to take time everyday to strengthen the body.

Do you have any tips for eating healthy? 
In one of my classes right now we work with Michael Pollan’s work and in summation of what he says, we should “eat food, not too much, and mostly plants.” UNH dining halls have healthy options too. I try to stay away from things that are processed and I appreciate the Wildcat Plate.

How do you find motivation to stay healthy and active on campus? 
If I don’t do the things that I need to do in order to stay healthy, then I will become unhealthy and get sick. Health looks different for everybody, and I’m fortunate that I have found a rhythm and it makes me feel better. Coffee keeps me motivated through the week and any day that I have a good laugh is a good day. I try to find positive connections with people, my professors, friends, and the people I work with.

Have you seen or felt any improvements to your physical or mental well-being after making positive changes in your life? 
Big time! It took a while to find rhythm for how much I wanted to workout, what I eat throughout the week, and what I do throughout the week. This semester I have started to find balance and stride and I feel more energized and have been sleeping better, which as been a really nice thing.

Do you have any positive words of encouragement for others on campus to create a healthier lifestyle?
Ask yourself: if I do this thing now, will I feel better or worse in the next hour, tomorrow, or next week? This frames my decision-making, and it helps me decide what is a good future for myself.