Lack of sleep is affecting your skin more than you think. Because here’s the thing…
It’s true. The quality and length of sleep you receive each night has a profound impact on your skin’s overall health. This is because during sleep we heal, restore and eliminate toxins from the skin and when sleep is compromised, so is the body’s ability to carry out these essential skin repairing functions. So, believe it or not, sleep is the true fountain of youth.
To emphasize just how crucial sleep is to your appearance, here are the 5 ways your looks suffer when you don’t get enough sleep:
When we miss out on sleep, our body becomes more stressed which ultimately assaults the integrity of the collagen in skin—when our skin’s collagen in compromised, the skin shows noticeable signs of aging because it becomes thinner and less firm. As such, sleep is vital to keeping your skin young and healthy.
When we don’t get enough sleep, our body releases the stress hormone and inflammation occurs, breaking down the proteins in our skin that keep it smooth and as a result your skin appears ashy, pigmented, or blotchy. Basically, if you want that morning glow, you need to sleep.
When you miss out on sleep, your complexion’s PH level is compromised and your skin is unable to produce the moisture it so desperately needs which results in dry skin. Essentially sleep acts as a natural moisturizer.
Lack of sleep causes poor water balance in the face which results in dark circles and puffy eyes. Plus, sleeping on your stomach can actually cause more puffiness due to liquid pooling into the trough of your under eye. As such, sleeping on your back is highly recommended.
Research has shown that lack of sleep increases the stress hormone which makes your hair suffer and prematurely fall out. This is because sleep deprivation is ruthless. Basically, if you want the same thick luscious locks as seen above, you need to put in the Zzz’s.
Now, while you shouldn’t fully abandon your daytime skin care routine in favour of getting more Zzz’s, there are some easy ways to amp your skin-sleep relationship for better morning, youthful results.
Tips for better sleep for better skin:
I’m not kidding. A weighted blanket is known for promoting and improving sleep. Plus, it helps keep you calm, and in one position throughout the night. Remember when I said you shouldn’t be sleeping on your belly if you don’t want to wake up with bags? Well, a weighted blanket promotes sleeping on your back, which is the recommended position for optimal sleep.
Improve your sleep by investing in a weighted blanket and maybe you’ll see some of the skin benefits. Doesn’t hurt, just give it a try—most weighted blanket brands give a 30 night sleep guarantee. Don’t see any improvement? Just send it back.