How to Look Rested When You Have Insomnia

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Whether you are dealing with occasional or chronic insomnia, it can take a toll on your appearance. That tired and weary look can make you feel self-conscious. No one wants to walk around looking like a character from "The Walking Dead." The good news is there are things you can do to help mask the effects of going without sleep.

Shower and moisturize

Mustering up the energy to shower when you are dead on your feet is a must to help rid yourself of a no-sleep appearance. Take a warm shower and use an exfoliating brush on your body. Also, use a gentle exfoliating wash on your face. This helps brighten the skin, especially if it's pale from lack of sleep. After showering, moisturize your skin, as lack of sleep is dehydrating and can cause the skin to look more wrinkled.

Puffy eyes

To reduce eye puffiness, apply a cold compress to them. You can use metal spoons that have been refrigerated, refrigerated tea bags, or cucumber slices. All of these work well to reduce puffy eyes.

Dark circles

While circles under your eyes aren’t caused by lack of sleep, going without sleep makes shadows and hollows under your eyes more obvious. To reduce the signs, apply cold compresses and use  yellow-toned concealer under the eyes. You might also use nasal washes or sprays if your nose is stuffy to minimize veins and capillaries under your eyes.

Red eyes

If your eyes are shouting to others that you’ve had minimal sleep, use eye drops to reduce the redness. You can also apply warm compresses to your eyes to reduce the size of blood vessels. If you're a woman with red eyes, you can distract from it by wearing blue liner on upper inner lash line, as well as white, blue or grey shadows and black mascara.

Other helpful hints

To look more awake in the morning, you can also lay on your back when you are in bed, which reduces face puffiness and sleep lines. You should also limit coffee and alcohol intake. Both dehydrate skin, cause blood vessels to enlarge, and make skin look puffy and flushed. Increasing water intake before bed and in the morning will help rehydrate your skin and body.

One last tip

The best thing you can do for your appearance, however, is to get to the root problem of what's causing your sleepless nights and treat it. Insomnia not only affects what you can see – such as your appearance – both it can take a toll on your body and mind as a whole, as well as cause problems in most all areas of life.