In her new book, I Am Invincible, 75-year-old fashion designer Norma Kamali shares her advice on what she describes as aging with power. This revolves around adopting a healthy lifestyle, starting with sleep. “To me, it is the best health and beauty secret of all time,” she writes. “When I sleep well, I embrace the next day and all of its challenges from a place of calm and control. I feel better. I look better.” Indeed, a 2017 study in Stockholm found that restricted sleep affects facial appearance negatively and actually decreases others’ interest in engaging with a sleep-restricted person. Kamali’s advice is to consider bedtime a special nightly ritual. She suggests keeping your bedroom cool, dark and smelling good, investing in bedding that makes you feel good (Kamali loves a silk pillowcase) and mentally preparing for bed while you wash your face and brush your teeth. Last but not least, schedule a time each evening when you unplug from your devices.
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