Here are some tips to maximize beauty sleep benefits:
Take off sunscreen and make-up before going to bed. Not doing so leads to clogged pores, which can lead to breakouts and other issues.
Wash pillowcases frequently, so that your skin rests on a clean surface for several hours a night. Pillowcases can harbor bacteria, germs, and dead skin cells. You can also flip pillows over to alternate the side you sleep on in between washes.
Try to sleep on your back. Sleeping on one side all the time creates repeated pressure, which can lead to deeper wrinkles and fine lines on that side down the line.
Moisturize. The skin regenerates while you sleep, so use a quality night cream or oil for a fresh look when you wake up in the morning. Apply lip balm before sleeping too.
If your sleep is disrupted, it's close to impossible to wake up feeling energized and refreshed. Consider using earplugs if outside noise affects your sleep quality. Quiet Contour makes great earplugs.