Beauty Sleep: No Myth About It


Beauty sleep is a phrase often thrown around to encourage teenage girls or burned-out working women to either go to bed early or to take a break from their hectic schedules to get a few hours of shut eye. But it’s not just a  hollow phrase. Sleep has proven beauty benefits that are easily evidenced by a night of solid Z’s.

Lack of sleep can detrimentally affect your body inside and out. Not getting enough shut eye can wear down your immune system, making you more susceptible to bacteria and viruses, leading to the common cold, flu and infections. A constant state of sleeplessness can also lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and possibly type 2 diabetes.

Lack of sleep can detrimentally affect your body inside and out. Not getting enough shut eye can wear down your immune system, making you more susceptible to bacteria and viruses…

Sleeplessness has also been shown to increase stress levels, and most significantly, the stress hormone cortisol, which is a contributing factor of weight gain. To keep your poundage in check or to lose a few lbs, a sufficient amount of sleep is a must. In addition to weight gain, stress can also affect your skin tone. Chronic stress hinders the body’s ability to repair itself, a process which occurs primarily while you sleep. Researchers have found that skin cells have a tendency to regenerate faster at night than during the day, thus encouraging skin renewal and rejuvenation. With less sleep the skin is unable to repair itself, often resulting in uneven or unusually pale complexion.

Sleep also acts as a moisturizer for the skin. While we sleep our bodies, including our faces, perspire more and the moisture on the skin seeps into any wrinkles we may have, hydrating our skin and making our wrinkles less dry and ultimately less noticeable.

Since the benefits of sleep are most visible on our faces, researchers say we need at least eight hours of sleep to avoid unsightly side affects of sleep deficit such as dark under-eye circles, bloodshot eyes, dry skin, puffiness and an uneven complexion. And while beauty is in the eye of the beholder, red eyes and bloated cheeks are not helping anyone put their best face forward.

To look refreshed, rested and rejuvenated; forgo pricey beauty treatments and designer makeup. All that’s really required to get your beauty rest is a dark room, quiet environment and a good night’s sleep.

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