Do morning people really exist?

By Sydney Hershman

“The skin repairs itself at night, so the more sleep you get, the more time your complexion has to rejuvenate,” says Bowe. And the benefits are not just long-term. In many cases, you can see results the next morning. “The more sleep I get, the less makeup I need, because my skin looks naturally refreshed,” says Alba. And the opposite is also true. “Under-eye puffiness can be caused by a spike in cortisol levels,” says Bowe. “Beauty sleep is no joke—you truly need seven to eight hours. When you don’t get enough sleep,your cortisol levels increase, and when that happens, that boosts the rate of collagen breakdown, causing under-eye bags to appear.” FYI: “Yawning and squinting can break down collagen and elastin around the eyes, too,” says Bowe.

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Whether you’re still adjusting to daylight savings, struggling with the colder weather outside, or are recovering from the sleepless nights leading up to the election, we have found a way to make getting out of bed in the morning a little bit easier.

Meet Sleep Cycle—an app that acts as an “intelligent alarm clock.” It uses your smart phone’s accelerometer to track your sleep patterns throughout the night ($1, itunes.com). Then, it is able to wake you softly during a light sleep phase, so you’re not jarred awake while in a REM cycle.

If you find yourself tossing and turning throughout the night, you can try adjusting the pillows in your bedroom. If you sleep on your stomach, for example, stick with a pillow that is low and flat to keep your spine in alignment. Side sleepers should use a thick, firm pillow to keep the neck in alignment and back sleepers need a medium support pillow so they don’t overextend the neck.

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