Why Sleep is Important + How Lack of Sleep Affects Your Skin
Why is Sleep so Important?
The idea of getting your ‘beauty sleep’ isn’t so far-fetched after all. When your body is at rest, it produces human growth hormone (HGH), which promotes collagen production. Collagen repairs DNA damage and helps regenerate new skin cells.
Sleep is also a time when your skin gets a break from environmental pollution and the sun’s UV rays – both of which cause free radical damage to your skin.
6 Ways Lack of Sleep is Affecting Your Skin
Lack of sleep triggers your body to produce cortisol, often called the stress hormone. Cortisol can interfere with your skin’s ability to repair itself by impairing collagen synthesis. Collagen is a protein that is essential for skin repair and renewal.
Lack of sleep can lead to systemic inflammation which can be a factor to increased skin sensitivities. Many immune-related skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema are closely correlated to the level of inflammation in your body.
When your body is constantly under stress and inflamed, it tries to cope the only way it knows how! If you’re breaking out more than usual, lack of sleep might be the culprit!
Compromises Immune System
When you’re not getting adequate sleep, your body is unable to fight and defend itself against disease and infection. It’s important to ensure your body is well-rested so you can resist getting ill. When you’re sick, your skin is dull and sallow, and that’s definitely not how your skin should look!
Disturbs Skin’s pH Levels
If you’re not getting the necessary amount of sleep every night, you’re skin’s pH levels will be off. A pH imbalance can lead to dry skin because your body is unable to recover moisture.
Combine all the factors above: stress, inflammation, poor immune system, pH imbalance– and you’ve got the perfect recipe for aging! Yes, each of these will contribute to premature aging.
Stress, probably being one of the worse, breaks down collagen in your skin. Collagen is the protein that keeps your skin firm and taut. When you lose collagen, you start noticing the damage in the form of wrinkles! Eeeek!
How to Get Better Sleep
- Exercise daily
- Reduce caffeine consumption
- Stay hydrated throughout the day
- Avoid eating a large meal too close to bedtime
- Dim brightness on your electronic device(s)
- Use white noise to drown out external sounds
- Ensure your bedroom is dark (use a sleep mask if the room is too bright)