Sleep is not just about disconnecting from the worldly worries and giving those tired nerves and muscles some well deserved rest. Its effectiveness goes way past fighting the dark circles from around your eyes as well. Sleep can also greatly affect your overall skin condition.
The relationship between poor skin and lack of sleep
A stress hormone, cortisol, is responsible for creating inflammation in the body. Cortisol is activated when a person is sleep deprived and stress is invoked. Stress has a direct impact on the skin health. You may even consider the sleep deprivation and stressful state as a vicious cycle where one is the cause of the other.
According to Jessica Krant, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and founder of Art of Dermatology in New York, “Poor sleep can lead to increased levels of stress hormones in the body leading to increased severity of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne or psoriasis.”
Sleep can do wonders to your skin. Here are 6 reasons why you need sleep to achieve that healthy looking skin:
1Lack of Sleep Worsens Existing Skin Conditions
Due to lack of sleep, Cortisol hormone production is increased causing more stress and consequently inflammation breaks out causing increased acne growth and skin sensitivity.
Lack of Sleep Depletes the Skin Of Its Natural Glow
Collagen and hyaluronic acid are known for rendering elasticity and glow to the skin. Inflammation due to lack of sleep leads to a breakdown of these essential skin molecules robing it off its glow and translucency.
Lack of Sleep Worsens Immune Related Skin Problems
If the body is not well rested, it can make the bodily functions to perform abnormally — and our immune system is no exception. This does not only translate into getting sick more often but also makes one prone to immune-related skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. In order to keep the immune system in its optimum levels, its important to catch a good night’s rest.
4 Less Water, Less Beauty
The body regulates the water balance internally during the sleep, which goes to explain why people with insufficient sleep lead to puffy bags under the eyes and even dark circles caused by strained nerves. Therefore, it is important to get decent hours of eye rest to allow the body to perform hydration rebalance.
5 Aging Accelerator
During a deep slumber, growth hormones become activated to repair and restore damaged cells. The process cannot happen without the deep restful sleep state (also called Rapid Eye Movement/ REM state) causing the cells to remain damaged and cause aging process to occur faster than normal.
6 Road to Obesity
Sleep is also linked with weight management. Lack of sleep cause the bodily functions to act abnormally throwing them in a state of confusion hence you equate the body’s need to sleep with hunger and end up eating out of proportion.
Tips On Getting a Good Nights Rest
Stress is also a major contributor to sleep disorders ( conditions that causes troubles in falling asleep ) hence it is important to try and clear the mind of thought before going to bed. However, there are many tips and tricks you can employ to allow yourself a good night sleep.
Some of these methods are as follows:
- Keep yourself properly hydrated. Doctors recommend at least 8 glasses a day.
- Keep electronics out of the bedroom. The bedroom should signify your place of peace and serenity.
- Avoid eating a big meal after dusk.
- Use a warm blanket in a cool, dark room.