There is truth behind the term “beauty rest”! While we sleep, our skin and bodies are actually in repair mode. Sleep deprivation can lead to a number of skin issues. Some show up immediately and others are the result of weeks, or even years, of inadequate sleep.
The Downside of Poor Sleep
Most women know what to expect when they look in the mirror after a late night or early morning: dark circles, puffy eyes and a dull, washed out complexion. Luckily these are usually temporary conditions and with a smart skincare regimen and some good rest your skin looks good as new again.
However, after weeks of sleep deprivation, you may start to see more fine lines, hyperpigmentation and saggier skin. Your skin is also more susceptible to moisture loss and may be slower to heal from sunburn.
Sleep is complex and researchers aren’t entirely sure why lack of sleep affects skin. A few possible explanations:
*Lack of sleep can lower blood pressure, making skin look dull and causing poor circulation, resulting in puffy eyes.
*The stress hormone cortisol is typically released after an inadequate night’s sleep. Cortisol breaks down collagen (the skin’s support structure), making skin sag more and wrinkles more prominent.
You’ll reduce puffy under eyes
A good amount of sleep helps improve blood flow to the top layer of your skin, particularly to your face, which can reduce the overall appearance of puffy under eyes. Poor blood flow results in pooling under the eyes, which, under pale skin, causes dark under eye circles and so can dehydration. An adequate amount of water and a thorough night’s sleep can smooth and lighten your under eye circles, leaving you looking awake and bright-eyed.
By getting enough sleep, you look more alert, happier, healthier and more beautiful. Getting a decent amount of deep sleep every night—at least seven hours—will help you look your best and look radiant every day.
You’ll Smile More.
It may seem obvious, but not getting enough sleep increases your chances of feeling down—and that can lead to depression. People with insomnia are ten times as likely to be depressed as those who sleep soundly. And even if you’re not prone to a medical condition like depression, just one week of not getting enough sleep could leave you feeling sad, angry, stressed out, and just generally not on your A-game. The cure: getting back on top of your sleep routine.
Your Body Pumps Out Healing Hormones.
While you’re sleeping, your body—and your skin—are hard at work healing themselves. During the deeper phases of sleep, your body produces growth hormone, which repairs daily damage from things like sun exposure and pollution and creates new cells so you wake up looking brighter, fresher, and more vibrant. That’s why bedtime can be a great time to apply a hardworking night cream to accelerate the restorative process.
Helps stave off wrinkles
When you fall asleep, your body begins producing growth hormones that help your body in a number of ways – including repairing collagen-producing cells. Collagen is necessary to fill out your skin and prevent wrinkles from developing. The growth hormones ensure that your skin is producing enough collagen, which keeps your skin tight and elastic and allows your skin to repair acne and scarring across your body. Collagen also improves the quality of your hair and nails, making them stronger and shinier. Finally, it also keeps your skin tone even, preventing veins from peeking through and causing visible discoloration.
You’re less hungry
When you’re short on sleep, your body is likely to overproduce the hormone ghrelin and underproduce the hormone leptin. Ghrelin increases your appetite, while leptin stops it. Undersleeping leaves you feeling hungrier, and prevents your body from feeling full when you do eat. By consistently getting too little sleep, you may be encouraging yourself to overeat. Getting enough sleep can leave you less hungry, allowing you to stick to your meal plan and shed excess weight more readily.
Steps to Better Sleep
These strategies can make it easier to fall asleep and improve the quality of your rest:
*Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day.
*Sleep in a dark, quiet room. Use blackout shades and a noise machine if necessary.
*Keep your bedroom cool.
Skip the caffeine late in the day.
*Avoid drinking too much alcohol.
When You Can’t Get Enough Sleep
To give your skin a helping hand on rough mornings:
*Use an eye cream to reduce the look of dark circles and puffiness. Apply by massaging in a circular motion to stimulate blood flow and help the area look brighter and less puffy.
*Exfoliate dead skin with a facial scrub to stimulate skin’s radiant complexion.Follow with a moisturizer containing Niacinimide or glycolic acid — both brighten the skin when it looks duller than usual.