Everything you need to know about the correlation between sleep and skin health
When it comes to skin, people tend to focus on the daily products and monthly treatments to obtain a glowing complexion. While using the correct products and getting regular clinical treatments with your dermatologist is important, one of the most crucial aspects to achieving radiant skin is getting an adequate amount of good quality sleep. Sleep is responsible for the overall health of your body and organs, and since skin is the largest organ, sleep has a direct correlation to its health. Here are four ways that sleep affects your skin, plus how you can ensure that you are getting good quality shut-eye.
- Sleep helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles
Sleep is responsible for repairing and renewing cells, which helps neutralise free radicals that cause acne, wrinkles, and dark spots. It is also responsible for making new collagen, which helps plump the skin and reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin.
- Sleep helps reduce puffiness
If you’ve ever woken up with a puffy face, you know it is uncomfortable and makes you look tired. Salt, poor digestion, and dehydration can all result in bloating in the body and face. Sleep helps regulate the kidney’s sodium and water balance, which helps minimise water retention.
- Sleep helps even and brighten skin tone
When you are sleeping, your body naturally boosts the blood flow to your skin. A lack of sleep will cause a reduction of blood flow, resulting in dull, tired skin. Proper blood flow evens your skin tone and ensures proper nutrient delivery and absorption to cells. Get seven to eight hours of sleep and wake up with a glowing, even complexion.
- Sleep helps reduce dark circles
While dark circles under the eyes are genetic, an inadequate amount of sleep can make under-eye bags worse, especially over time. Sleep helps cells renew themselves and when you don’t get enough sleep, dark circles can form and blood vessels can become constricted. Sleep on an elevated pillow on your back to see best results.
How to Maximise Your Quality of Sleep
Guaranteeing that you are getting the correct amount and quality of sleep every night is essential to seeing results on your skin. Follow these guidelines consistently in order to see benefits.
- Set the temperature of your room to 18-20 °C
The temperature of your room is one of the most important aspects to sleeping well. Your body’s temperature changes many times throughout a 24-hour period. If the temperature is too hot or too cold, you will not get restful sleep.
- Go to bed at the same time every night
Your circadian rhythm refers to your body’s natural, internal clock that regulates your sleep/wake cycle, hormones, digestion, and more throughout a 24-hour period. Going to bed and waking up at the same time keeps your circadian rhythm on track and has a direct impact on your skin’s health.
- Finish all meals three to four hours before bed
Ending your last meal several hours before heading to bed has many benefits on your body’s health but it has a direct impact on how you sleep. If your digestive system is still working to digest food while you sleep, you won’t get restful sleep and may wake up feeling groggy and tired.
- Get seven to nine hours of sleep
Your body needs seven to nine hours of sleep each night for organs to function properly. Track your sleep each night to be sure that you are getting at least the minimum recommended amount.
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