Beauty Rx – Catch More Zzzzs!
Most of us have been told
that we need more sleep. "If you don't sleep, you are not going to grow," is
something that many of us heard as children and have repeated to our children. We
have been aware that lack of sleep is not good for our health, but may not have
understood what overall negative effects it can have on us, including our skin
health and beauty.
Our bodies go through a
repair and rejuvenation mode when we sleep. When we are sleep-deprived,
hormonal and metabolic changes are disrupted.
Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to increased stress, oxidative
stress and inflammation, which results in conditions such as obesity, diabetes,
cancer and a host of conditions related to immune deficiency.
Sleep deprivation interferes with skin cell
regeneration. Skin cell regeneration usually doubles during sleep. A small
study at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio showed
that women with sleep deprivation had a disruption in skin-barrier function,
greater water loss from the skin and higher levels of inflammatory chemicals in
the circulation that, over time, resulted in adverse changes in the epidermal
and dermal of the skin.
The researchers found that the sleep-deprived subjects
showed increased signs of skin-aging with more fine lines, uneven pigmentation
and reduced elasticity while the subjects that had quality sleep recovered from
environmental stressors like sunburn from UV radiation more rapidly. An
additional finding showed those who slept well perceived themselves to be more
attractive than the sleep-deprived subjects.
So, don't compromise your beauty and health by depriving
your body of sleep. Get a good night's sleep. Give our body time to repair and
rejuvenate to maintain your skin's health and beauty. Sleep well at night, enjoy beautiful skin and
feel more attractive during the day.