We all know there are tons of benefits to staying hydrated – it has a positive effect on your health, it can help keep your skin clear and it increases energy and brain function. But one of the most important benefits to keeping your body hydrated is helping you get a good night’s sleep. While you sleep, your body is working hard to repair itself and prepare you for the day ahead, and hydration plays a big part in that.
We’ve rounded up our top 5 tips for getting hydrated before bed:
Did you know that the human body is made up of over 60 per cent of water? We lose a significant amount of water as we make our way through the day. A glass of water an hour or so before you go to sleep will not only replace lost moisture, but it will also flush out unhealthy toxins within the body whilst your sleep.
While some health experts argue that fruit isn't the best snack to eat before bed, eating certain fruits may not be so bad after all as it can help towards hydrating the body before bed. Cherries are a great option - not only do they give you extra moisture but they contain melatonin which helps regulate your sleep cycle.
Placing bowls of water around your bedroom preferably near your bed or radiator, can help eliminate dry air and bring some well-needed moisture into the room. Placing a glass of water next to your bed before you go to sleep can also help reduce the dryness of skin. Make sure you always take your makeup off before bed too, to keep your skin hydrated.
Keeping yourself hydrated isn’t just about what you put ‘into’ your body, but what you put ‘onto’ it too. Applying a rich moisturiser to your face and body before bed will give your skin the hydration boost it needs while your body recovers overnight. You can even use olive oil – it’s affordable and works as a great natural hydrator. Applying olive oil to your skin quenches the skin’s thirst. You can also place it on your hair from roots to tips, applying this before bedtime means that you won't be seen with greasy looking hair and the oil can work its magic whilst you sleep.
Coconuts in their many forms have multiple benefits including improving your mood and hydration levels. Coconut water contains electrolytes making it a fantastic hydrator. If you’re feeling grumpy a few hours before bed a glass of coconut water could make a change in your energy levels and concentration, preventing a restless night's sleep.