Beauty Sleep Matters: How Sleep Affects Your Skin

Beauty-Sleep-660x439  It seems there just aren’t enough hours in the day. If you are like myself and most people for that matter, you are skipping on sleep to get more done. Unfortunately, not only is sleep a key factor in your health and performance, but it also plays a major roll in one’s beauty – Hence the term “beauty sleep”.

The term “beauty sleep” was coined for a reason; adequate sleep leads to a brighter, more youthful complexion. During the second half of your sleep cycle, growth hormones are at their highest levels. This is when cells are repaired. While you sleep, your skin repairs itself. New skin cells grow and replace older cells. By cutting your sleep cycles short, you’re reducing the bodies ability to repair itself, causing it to show signs of aging faster.

Researchers found that those who didn’t sleep well exhibited more signs of skin aging including fine lines, uneven pigmentation and reduced skin elasticity. The researchers also found that those who enjoyed quality sleep were more quick to recover from stressors to the skin such as sun and environmental toxins.

Just one night of missed sleep can lead to puffy eyes and sallow skin. If a person continues to develop a constant schedule that promotes sleep loss, dark circles under the eyes, sallow skin and fine lines across the face can become permanent.

The elasticity of the skin can also become damaged over time when a person does not get enough sleep. Chronic fatigue leads to excessive stress which causes the body to produce more of the hormone cortisol, which breaks down the protein in the skin that keeps it elastic and smooth.

So just how much sleep is needed to keep you looking young and beautiful? seven to nine hours of sleep should do the trick. So now you might be wondering if 7-9 hours are good, 10 or 11 must be great! Not so. How’s that other saying go? “Too much of a good thing”… Studies show that getting too much sleep is as detrimental to your skin as not getting enough. Oversleeping can actually increase skin cell breakdown.

So the next time you’re pushing yourself into the wee hours of the night – Stop, go to bed and remember tomorrow is a new day.

Sweet dreams 🙂

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