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What Is The Link Between Sleeping More and Glowing Skin?

March 12, 2020 By Sandeep Prasad

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When it comes to your beauty or skincare routine, sleep is the closest thing to the fountain of youth. If you’re looking to achieve that eternally-youthful glow, the answer lies on your pillow and mattress, and not in those expensive face creams. The quality and length of sleep directly affect your skin’s health. When we sleep, our skin heals and eliminates toxins and impurities. 

Getting enough sleep consistently is crucial for the skin and overall health as well. In other words, beauty sleep does matter, regardless of age or gender. Read on to find out how getting enough sleep keeps your skin youthful and glowing.

1. Less Wrinkles

Women with a glowing skin

Skin produces new collagen when you sleep. Collagen prevents sagging which is is moisturized and less likely to wrinkle. Getting just 5 hours a night can lead to twice as many fine lines as sleeping for 7 or more hours on a regular basis.

2. Glowing Skin

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Blood flow to the skin is boosted when you hit the bed. This means that you awaken to a healthier glow when you get sufficient sleep. The major reason for this is that during the first 3 hours of sleeping, the pituitary gland starts producing the Human Growth Hormone (HGH). This hormone is required for the maintenance of youthful and glowing skin. 

When this hormone is not produced the aging process is accelerated, causing dullness and dry skin. At the final hours of sleep and specifically during active REM sleep, the levels of cortisol (stress hormone) decrease in the body. The body’s temperature drops to its lowest point during this stage and allows muscles to relax and become still.  Our skin receives the deepest recovery and restoration at the last stage of sleep during the night.

3. No Dark Circles

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Puffy eyes and dark circles are one of the first things that happen when we don’t get enough sleep. Staying hydrated and elevating your head with an extra pillow at night can also help reduce swelling. Improper sleeping habits make your blood vessels dilate, create poor water balance in your body and cause dark circles and puffy eyes. Red, swollen eyes, dark circles, sagging eyelids, and paler skin make you look exhausted to others. By sleeping on your stomach, liquid can drain and accumulate in your under-eye and cause inflammation and puffiness. 

4. No More Breakouts

woman with dark spots

Hair loss, breakage, damage, and even growth is also affected by lack of sleep. Hair follicles (hair growth begins here) get nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from blood flow to the scalp. 

Since blood flow decreases when we’re running short on sleep, your hair growth and health are affected. This may lead to additional problems like dandruff and itchy scalp which also affects your facial skin causing frequent acne breakouts and oily skin.

5. Skincare Works Better

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Although most of us can’t afford the expensive beauty treatments of the elite celebs, there is one that is easily available - sleep! You may be following a meticulous skincare routine put together by a top dermatologist, but no matter how expensive, it won’t do you any good unless you get enough sleep. Your skin prioritizes on repairing itself while you sleep. Since it isn’t defending itself from the UV rays of the sun and free radicals (harmful molecules that cause damage to living cells and tissues).  Blood flow is also boosted while sleeping and this helps your skin benefit from the nourishing ingredients present in your beauty products. Skin also loses more water when you sleep than it does during the day as we tend to sweat more in our sleep. Apply a creamy moisturizer before bed and remember to drink plenty of water during the day to help your skin stay hydrated overnight

Additional Benefits

Weight Loss

The thought of laying in bed in order to lose weight might sound contrary, but science says otherwise. A study revealed that dieters who had adequate sleep lost as much as 55 percent more fat than those who were sleep-deprived. 

Stronger Immune System

Our bodies need sufficient sleep in order to produce the proteins that effectively fight infections and inflammation. When you are sleep deprived, your immune system is weakened This makes you more susceptible to sickness.

Increased Self Esteem

People who have slept well have a better perception of their overall looks and physical attractiveness. So allowing yourself just an extra hour of sleep will help you radiate confidence.

Boosted Productivity

Getting enough quality sleep every night leads to better focus, sharper memory and increased productivity. Even if you’re a CEO or stay-at-home parent, productivity is boosted when you get some shut-eye. Think you’re too busy to get some sleep? Fret not, even a 20-minute nap between 1 PM to 3 PM can boost productivity.

Conclusion

Each year, the cosmetic industry earns billions of dollars by luring us with luxe treatments and products to make us look and feel our best.  While there is no harm in indulging in a bit of makeup and fragrances to feel fantastic, we must encourage you to also consider a free option: beauty sleep. Remember that your skin doesn’t recover as well from environmental stressors like sun damage when you’re sleep deprived no matter how much product you slather on,  Getting adequate sleep is the best thing you can do to obtain healthier skin. So skip the expensive face creams and cosmetic lasers and start snoozing.

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