- Applying spot treatments before bed– to eliminate blemishes
- Lip scrubbing – to make your lips more kissable
- Refrigerating your eye creams – they work better when cold
- All kinds of hair curling – with heat, without heat, natural; unnatural – who knew?
- Wearing Special socks – to make your feet softer
- Silk pillowcases – to keep your curls smooth and soft and avoid frizziness
- Every kind of facial mask – look, just read the article! You can do a lot to be prettier while you sleep!
National Sleep Awareness Month has reminded us that it’s important to get proper sleep. Now, it’s time to have some fun! The human mind is an amazing thing. It allows you to be creative and to rest up to fuel even more creativity, just by your consuming delicious food and sleeping right! What else can it do? Full disclosure: some of the stuff we’re going to explore today hasn’t been totally proven – the science behind it is still new. The thing is, it hasn’t been disproven either, which is why scientists are so fascinated with all of these studies. Things You Can Do While You’re Sleeping Sleep is when the brain refreshes its memories. This is why children and teenagers – who have a lot of growing and learning to do, both physically and mentally – need more sleep. While you are awake, experiences are quick and you have to deal with them in the moment. When you sleep, your brain takes those first impressions that it remembers, processes them, and then files them away in your long-term memory. This way, you are ready the next time you encounter similar situations. While you’re awake, you have to deal with these encounters – when you’re asleep, you can review and plan. In addition, new research suggests that you may actually be able to learn some new things while you sleep. In a recent study, researchers played a series of sound patterns for two groups of 20 people. The sound patterns were played for twenty people before they slept. These patterns were played, on and off, for the other group of 20 people while they were sleeping. The researchers also monitored the phase of sleep that the test subjects were in. To their surprise, the research team found that most of the participants remembered which sounds were played if they heard them during REM sleep! In contrast, sleepers didn’t remember the sounds at all when they were played in the other phases of sleep. What does this all mean? Well not much yet, because this is only one study. But, the fun of National Sleep Awareness Month is that you can indulge in any sleep idea you have or have ever had (assuming it’s safe). In that spirit, we’re celebrating the theory of learning in your sleep. We’re supporting the cause by giving you seven great ideas of things you can do in your sleep! These seven tidbits are fun ways to enjoy the last week of National Sleep Awareness Month. So without further ado, we begin with... Mastering a Foreign Language Can you really learn a foreign language by playing language recordings as you sleep? Of course not. If that was possible, why would anybody ever go to school? But, you can help yourself learn better while you sleep, by reinforcing things you’ve already learned. One study found that people who played recordings of people speaking another language while they slept remembered the words much better than people who just studied them. While you still do have to study and practice, you can get better a lot faster if you expose yourself to those words constantly – especially while you sleep. This technique tends to work best if you play familiar audio of a YouTube video, podcast or recording in the foreign language while sleeping. Pick something you’ve already watched or heard before, and make sure you don’t play it so loud that you keep yourself up! You still have to sleep, you know! The sweet spot seems to be a low enough volume that it almost becomes white noise, but loud enough that you can actually make out the words you’re hearing. Researchers say that as long as you get to bed within twelve hours of when you last studied, you should be able to improve your learning. Try it the next time you’re making a trip out of the country. The natives will be blown away by your level of pronunciation! Getting Gorgeous If speaking another language isn’t appealing to you, this might be – you can actually become better looking while you sleep! This isn’t exactly something new – people have been talking about “beauty sleep” forever. The online magazine Brit + Co has given 40 - count ‘em, 40! – ways to become more beautiful while you sleep! Some of our favorites include: