Updated: Feb 22
The skin is amazing in what it does for us in general, but did you know that your sleeping habits are directly linked to not only your skin health but also your over mental and physical health and well-being?
The fast-paced modern lifestyles that we live pose enormous challenges to many people and thus, when some of us are scrambling to meet the demands of their busy schedules, or simply struggling to actually wind down to get some decent night sleep, they may inadvertently find themselves getting by on less and less hours of snooze time. But even minimal sleep loss can take a substantial toll on your mood, energy, mental alertness as well as your stress-coping mechanism and abilities. If this continues over time, chronic sleep deprivation can adversely impact upon your mental and physical health and indeed your general well-being.
Research suggests that a chronic lack of sleep, or getting poor quality sleep, increases the risk of disorders including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity. Sleep is important to a number of brain functions, including how nerve cells (neurons) communicate with each other. In fact, your brain and body stay remarkably active while you sleep. Recent findings suggest that sleep plays a housekeeping role that eliminates buildup of toxins that accumulate in the brain during wakefulness.
While you rest, your brain stays busy, overseeing biological maintenance that keeps your body running in top condition, preparing you for the day ahead. Sufficient hours of restorative sleep ensures that you continue to function optimally, thereby creating lifelong memories. Missing out on good quality sleep impacts adversely on your ability to work, learn, create, and communicate at a level barely close to your true potential.
When it comes to your beauty routine, sleep may be the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth. Your body switches into self recovery and repair whilst you snooze, and that results into a long list of benefits for your looks. The recommendation is to aim for 7 to 9 quality hours every night, although this may not always be practical for various reasons. However, working on achieving an average of 8 hours is the key to maintaining a healthy and youthful skin.
If you’re getting fewer than 6 hours, it’s likely affecting your appearance, according to board-certified sleep specialists. The moment you improve in the hours of your snooze time by even one or two hours more, then you will begin to notice obvious improvements in your looks in as little as a day. If this improvement in your sleeping hours is maintained for a week or more, then people will notice that you’re sleeping better by the way your skin looks.
Here are some of the incredibly amazing beauty benefits of getting enough sleep;
Your wrinkles are remarkably less or reduced. During sleep, your body actively remodels your skin by releasing growth hormones that stimulate collagen synthesis. Collagen is a protein that keeps your skin elastic and supple, thereby helping you look younger.
You will enjoy a clearer luminous skin. Good quality sleep enables your skin to undergo the all important cell-resurfacing. This is the process in which the old and dead skin cells are replaced by new cells to reveal a fresher, smoother, clearer and brighter skin. This is the reason why some anti-ageing products are recommended to be applied at night, giving your skin y better chance to effectively absorb and incorporate the products during its own natural remodeling process. You are more than likely to wake up looking more radiant and renewed when you invest in good quality sleep.
Your eyes will look bright and awake. We all reach for that saving cup of coffee for our fix every mornin, but that is unfortunately not the solution for the internal toll that insufficient keep can take on our looks. Sleep deprivation can result in the pooling of blood under the eyes, donning you with those unsightly puffy bags and dark circles that nobody wants. You may also have some reddish tired eyes that may suggest a hangover or the likes. Getting enough shuteye will get your eye looking alert, bright and beautiful!
Your hair and nails will benefit too: When you give your skin cells adequate time to repair and regenerate themselves including sufficient collagen production, your scalp health will improve which encourages new and healthy hair growth. Your lengths will be retained and not break or split, leaving you with full, longer and glossy mane. Moreover, your nails are less likely to become brittle or crack.
You are more likely to maintain a healthy weight. Sleep impacts not only on your skin, hair and brain but also on your waistline. Getting adequate sleep regularly will help you to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Research suggests that loosing even an hour of sleep frequently can result in up to 33% chance of becoming overweight or obese compared to subjects who regularly invest in sufficient quality sleep time. .
You will have a happier friendly face: As cheesy as this may sound, yet everyone knows that the best accessory to wear is a friendly smile! When you suffer from sleep deprivation or insomnia, you are more likely to look stressed or miserable. It then becomes too much of an effort to flex those smiling muscle. When you’ve been getting enough shut-eyes on the other hand, you are more likely to freely and frequently flash those pearly whites even without knowing it, thereby creating an aura of friendliness and warmth around yourself.