People don’t call it “Beauty sleep” for no reason, yes, it is true that getting enough good sleep improves your appearance as well as your overall health.
Just think about the time you were too busy and didn’t have enough sleep. You must have noticed not only you were feeling tired and sleepy but also your skin sagged and lost luster, you might have had undereye bags as well. Yes, lack of sleep shows on your face and affects your appearance.
When you don’t have enough sleep, your blood vessels dilate and make dark circles around your eyes and also make you feel more stressed. This may give you an angry, tired and older look. If you are out and drinking, smoking and staying up late, this situation makes it worse as it is a bad combination for your skin, causing wrinkles and other skin problems.
So what is this magic thing called “sleep”? Let’s take a look at all the benefits the good night sleep can provide you and then focus on the effect on your appearance.
Benefits Of Sleep
- Sleep can affect your health and wellbeing in various ways. In modern hectic society, many people are too busy to get enough sleep. However you need good sleep to stay healthy. Sleep is essential to maintain healthy functions of your body such as tissue repair and muscle growth.
- There are many benefits of sleep, it boosts your memory, decreases anxiety and depression levels, clears your mind, reduces risk of inflammation, boosts your immune system, helps keep a healthy weight, improves your focus, concentration and alertness, boosts your energy level, improves sex life and your heart health.
- Good sleep contributes to reducing lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, stress, hormonal imbalances, depressed immunity, diabetes, depression and so on. And most of all, enough good sleep provides you with healthy looking appearance.
How Sleep Improves Your Appearance
Getting enough good sleep which your body requires can make you rejuvenated and feel refreshed. It provides you with the energy to be active and keep a good posture and confident look. On the other hand if you are sleep deprived, you feel tired and look old and people may tell you look tired as it shows in your appearance clearly.
We all need good sleep each night to improve our health and looks. Our body repairs and rejuvenates itself while we are sleeping. Getting enough sleep is really essential to looking good. When your body repairs itself while you are sleeping, it repairs the damage to your skin caused by daily stress, ultraviolet by sun light, and other harmful exposures to chemicals and pollution. Your new skin cells grow and replace older and damaged cells, your skin repairs, restores and rebalances itself while you are asleep.
While you are sleeping your body produces higher level of proteins. And as most of you know well, proteins are the building blocks for the cells. If the protein production is enhanced, it boosts revamping and rejuvenation of the cells and tissues. And as a result, it gives significant repair and regeneration to your skin.
That is why if you don’t get enough sleep, it shows on your face as sagging and dull skin, wrinkles, red eyes, dark circles under your eyes, crow’s feet and so on. Moreover, according to studies, sleep is closely related with overweight and obesity. If you don’t have enough sleep, the crucial appetite regulating hormones such as ghrelin and leptin are disrupted their release and cause weight gain.
Good news is, even if you have sleep deprived tired old look, it can be altered quickly. As soon as you get enough good sleep your skin and look recover quickly. Just try to have a couple of good nights of sleep, and you will notice the difference and people around you will notice it immediately, and tell you that you have a well rested look.
So how much sleep do you need? Of course, it varies person to person, but generally speaking, you need at least between seven and nine hours when it comes to beauty sleep. Some people can do well with less than that, if they have well rested deep sleep in a relatively shorter period of time. However, most of the people need around eight hours sleep to keep themselves fresh and energetic with a rejuvenated look.
Then you may wonder how about more than nine hours sleep. Some people can sleep almost forever! If sleeping between seven and nine hours gives you a refreshed look, would ten hour sleep provide you with even better look?
Well, that is not the case here. According to some research studies, if you sleep too much, that ends up same kind of negative effect as not sleeping enough. If you sleep too much, it can result causing increase of skin cell breakdown.
So you had better try to get adequate sleep to improve your appearance as well as overall health.