With the clocks going back to signal winter's imminent arrival, we're entering a new phase of sleep.
Darker mornings are creeping in, making groggy wake-up calls the norm until spring.
"Sleep is affected by melatonin levels, which in turn is affected by light and darkness, so the seasonal change causes all sorts of disruption to the body," explains Dick Middleton, technical director for Schwabe herbal remedies.
But if you can get your optimum amount of sleep, you'll set yourself up for a recharged and revived new dawn.
With the restorative beauty sleep fairies getting to work overnight, there's more to pillow time than meets the eye.
If you're a sleep under-achiever, stress and anxiety are often to blame when it comes to disturbed nights. One in five people experience difficulty sleeping, according to Patient.co.uk, and 70% of those are women.
"Sleep is not a passive process - you need to respect it and learn how to do it as a skill," says sleep expert Kathleen McGrath.
Besides bulging eye bags, a bad night's sleep can also start to manifest itself through a tired-out complexion.
"A decline in skin quality can be evident if you're deprived of sleep for more than one or two nights," explains McGrath. "People who do shift work often tend to have more problems with skin and weight gain due to sporadic sleep."
Don't clock-watch and panic. "You may not necessarily need eight hours sleep a night - it's really what works for you," McGrath assures.
Herbal supplements can help but need to be taken daily for between two and four weeks before you really see the sleep-inducing effects.
Forget internet shopping and playing games on your iPad in bed. Create the ideal sleep environment so that your bedroom is fit for purpose - many experts advise that it should be reserved for sex and sleep only.
"Start by lighting an aromatherapy candle in your bedroom two hours before you are planning on going to bed to give the essential oils a chance to be released into the air," advises Nicola Elliott, founder of NEOM Organics and qualified aromatherapist.
A calming routine combined with pure essential oils is a dreamy double act when it comes to promoting deep sleep. Go to bed with lavender for its proven sedative qualities.
"Run a warm, foamy bath with a lavender essential oil and breathe it in while relaxing in the tub. Spritz your pillow with a lavender-based mist, snuff out the candle, and close your eyes while the final layer of essential oils on your skin keep working into the night, keeping you relaxed and in deep sleep."
Transform beauty nightmares into the stuff of dreams with nocturnal rechargers that work hard while you're sleeping. The skin's natural repair process peaks overnight so invest in a catalyst to help boost the process and wake up to a beautiful morning.
Stressed skin: Quench the thirst of dehydrated winter skin with a rich mask you leave on all night long. Try Clinique's Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, £29 (www.clinique.co.uk), or Aromatherapy Associates' Anti-Age Overnight Repair Mask, £51 (www.aromatherapyassociates.com).
Flat hair: Give your locks an overnight treatment boost and wake up with recharged tresses. Try TIGI's Hair Reborn Reparative Nocturnal Therapy, £26.95 (0844 844 0944), or Charles Worthington's Salon at Home Secrets Collection Moisture Seal Overnight Ultimate Hair Healer, £14.99 (Boots).
Tired eyes: Pep up peepers and reduce the tell-tale signs of fatigue with an eye-focused product. Try This Works' No Wrinkles Tired Eyes, £42 (www.thisworks.com), or No7's Beautiful Skin Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm, £12 (Boots).
Dull complexion: Use a night serum to assist the skin's natural nightly cell renewal process. Try Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, from £48 (www.esteelauder.co.uk), or bareMinerals' Active Cell Renewal Night Serum, £38 (www.bareminerals.co.uk).
Languishing limbs: Don't neglect your hands and feet in the overnight SOS pamper. Try Ragdale Hall's Relax Intense Overnight Hand Cream, £6 (www.marksandspencer.com), and Avon's Foot Works Beautiful Overnight Renewing Foot Cream, £4.75 (avonshop.co.uk).
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Make visible pores an open and shut case with a minimiser. Our testers try three contenders:
The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser, £7.50 (www.thebodyshop.co.uk)
Benefit The POREfessional, £24.50 (www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk)
DHC Pore Essence, £28 (www.dhcuk.co.uk)
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